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The Picasso Route

By Linda Tancs

Pablo Picasso was only 14 years old when he arrived in Barcelona, Spain. Lauded there for his success, the city’s Picasso Route is a trail chronicling the artistic studies of his formative years. His art school, La Llotja, wasn’t far from his home, a flat in the tony residential block called Porxos d’en Xifré. Its rooftop views provided ample inspiration for the painter’s landscapes and seascapes. Picasso donated a large number of his works to Barcelona, housed today at the city’s Museu Picasso. A short distance from the museum, the Plaça Nova is another feature of the walking tour. There you’ll find  the artist’s only piece of public art in the city: the three friezes on the façade of the Col·legi d’Arquitectes building, executed by the Norwegian sculptor and photographer Carl Nesjar according to original drawings by Picasso.

Magic Returns to Barcelona

By Linda Tancs

For the first time, Carnival Cruises will homeport in Barcelona with the return of the 130,000-ton vessel Magic in 2011.  The ship will offer 7-, 9- and 12-day Mediterranean cruises from its adopted port, May through October.   As reported in 2008 for Carnival’s Dream liner, Magic will keep the kids happy.  Adults may find their inner Zulu at the Serenity spa.  Today marks the last day for previous Carnival guests to cash in on pre-sale pricing as part of the line’s celebrated return to Europe.  Newbies can view the full fare menu beginning on 26 January.



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