divendres, 29 de febrer de 2008

Parc Güell

Parc Güell it's a garden located on the "el Carmel" hill and it's one of the most important sites in Barcelona. It was designed by Antonio Gaudí, a famous architect, and built between 1900 and 1914.

The reason why Parc Güell isn't just an usual garden is because of its design. It has lots of wavy forms and many other geomethrical forms, coloured glasses, ceramical scraps and it also has an sculpture of a dragon.

The fact that it's located on top of a hill and far away from the city makes this park a peaceful place to stay.
If you ever visit Barcelona, don't forget to check out this garden.

dimecres, 20 de febrer de 2008

The place where I live

I live in Barcelona, the city is located in the north-east of Iberia. It has a population of 1.000.000 people. It’s the second biggest city of Spain. Barcelona is great for visiting museums. The tourist visit the “Sagrada Familia” ( the holly family church). It's a modernist huge church. Its most popular street is the “Ramblas” with the harbour at the end of it. The weather here is perfect, in summer the tourist can go to the beach and play which the sand. In the winter it can be very wet, because the dea is near. Barcelona is famous for the “Escudella”, it is a typical soup. There’s festival in April, it’s “Sant Jordi”, on the 23rd .But I think the best things about Barcelona are the parties and the tourist of different countries. I like living in Barcelona

Núria Iglesias Ferré

dimarts, 19 de febrer de 2008

Old Bialystok Postcards

What do I do in the mornings.

Every day I travel to Sant Boi by train (one stop) to attend industrial dessign classes. I get up at 6:30 and leave home at 7:30.

Industrial design is one of my hobbies, that's why I never skip classes. We have learned to use AutoCAD and SolidWorks.

AutoCAD is a really powerful software as long as you draw in 2D. I prefer SolidWorks when drawing in 3D because this one is just amazing. It's hard to get use to it but when you do you can make possible whatever you have in mind. The best thing about it is how drawing works. First you just draw, it doesn't matter if the line isn't vertical nor horizontal, it doesn't even matter if the solid isn't long enough or if it's too short. You can always mend it, no matter how many things you have done over it.

I finish at 13:30 and I get home around 14:00.


Białystok's History

The first mention of Białystok in written sources dates back to the year 1514. Around the year 1570 the Wiesiołowski family erected a fortress mansion within the limits of today’s city. In the 1670’s a wooden church was put up nearby and a market place was laid out, thus marking the beginning of what was to be an early town.

The Wiesiołowski fortress was destroyed during the Swedish invasion, to be reconstructed in the late 16th century by Stefan Mikołaj Branicki the Podlaskie Voivode, who converted it into a Baroque palace. It was then that Białystok began to look like a town, which was crowned by the city charter that was granted to Białystok in 1692 by king Jan III Sobieski, and confirmed by king August III the Saxon under the Magdeburg law in 1749. Białystok’s development owes much to the grand Crown Hetman and a claimant to the throne, Jan Klemens Branicki.

Following the year 1726, Branicki considerably extended the palace. He was the driving force of such undertakings as the establishing of a hospital, three schools, or a monastery. The Hetman and his wife were also recognized for their patronage of the arts and sciences.

In the aftermath of repressions in- flicted by the fall of the November Uprising, rigorous customs border measures were set up between the Congressional Kingdom of Poland and the Russian Tsar Empire. Paradoxically, the situation caused the city to flourish as many textile manufacturers moved to Białystok from the city of Łódź to escape high duties on goods exported to Russia. Consequently, the following years saw many manufacturing plants mushrooming in and around Białystok, thereby creating new jobs for the locals to reap the benefits of.

The city continued to develop following the launch of the Warsaw – Sankt Petersburg railway in 1862. By 1879 Białystok had as many as 47 textile factories of 1.500 employees, and the population almost numbered 35.000. The last decade of the 19th century saw telephone lines, water pipes and horse-pulled trams springing up. By the turn of the century the population reached 70.000.

Following the regaining of independence in 1919, Białystok became the capital of a newly formed voivodship and enlarged its territory by the incorporation of several suburban villages. In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, the city centre was modernized and enriched with a newly landscaped metropolitan park dubbed Planty, to transform into an elegant office district.

Under the Nazi German occupation during World War II, in Białystok existed a strong resistance movement led by the National Army (Armia Krajowa). The Jewish population suffered the hardest moment when the Jews were relocated to a walled-in ghetto between July and August 1941 and then murdered or transported to camps in August 1943.

diumenge, 17 de febrer de 2008

Palau de la Música Catalana

A hundred years ago was the first choral concert in this theatre. It's name means Catalonia's music palace. It was built with a public subscription and the architecture was a famous Modernist one. There are many ornaments with references to many composers and music goodness. There's a lovely stain glass work. At the beginning there were only choral concerts, made by volunteers but now choral singers are professional and many other singers use the place to give concerts.

divendres, 1 de febrer de 2008

trip to Girona

Official name - GIRONA
Location - North of Barcelona, and 30 km. from Costa Brava
Population - Approximately 95.000
Kinds of transports- Barcelona to Girona there 100 km. of distance Train and motorway AP-7
History This city has a interesting Jewish suburb, of the middle ages. It's on the river
Ter and the house beside it are very beautiful.
In May there is a flower exhibition.
In the summer there are many tourist because it is near the beach.


Trip to Gava

Official name: Gavà
Location: South of Barcelona
Population: Aproximately 45000
Acces: Freeway C-32 or C-31, and other road C-245 (Castelldefels).
There is a train station RENFE and there are many lines of bus direction Barcelona
History: The people who lived in this territory were invadied by the Romans
The city : In Gavà there is a important site, The Pre historical Mines. The Mines were a very important in the age of neolithic, there were many minerals used to make different accessories for people, and also to make tools for work. In south of Gava there is a beach, that suburb is called Gava Mar. There are four kilometres of coast and 3500 hours of sun in a year, is the main attractive in summer.


TARRAGONA Official name Tarragona
Location South of Barcelona

Population Approximately 135.000

History Antique Roman city
Visited by many tourist from everywhere in the world Tarragona has got Roman ruins , beaches, seashore. I
t is an interesting place to visit
Tarragona has a beautiful countryside Means of transport / Train , buses and road A P 7. About 45 minutes by car.
Tarragona has got s famous monument the name is Roman Circus


Official name: Besalu.
Location : North-east Barcelona.On the River Fluvia and Capellades.
131,7 km from Barcelona.
Population: 2500 people approximately.

History: Middle ages town and very important in Roman time. Besalu is interesting for the Romanic bridge, streets with historical buildings the bigS quare and the Jewish suburb .The other buildings is the church of (Sant Vicenç , Sant Pere). And the Mikvah the Jewish bath and Synagogue.
Mª Angeles