Sunday, 17 February 2013

Catalan Castle in Queensland (Paronella Park)...

One of the touristic attractions of the state of Queenland, Australia is Paronella Park, built by a Catalan called Josep Paronella. He was born in Alt Emporda in 1887 and migrated to Australia one century ago, when he was 26 years old.

He succeed in business and  built a "Catalan-styled" castle in the Mena Creek area with a musem and a big room to organise shows. The building had (still operating) the first hydro electric plant in the North of Queensland.

The park took advantadge of the big presence of American military during the World War II. After a period of decadence now it is part of the Australian Heritage Places Inventory.

Paronella Park website:

Video and original article by Vilaweb:

From the book about Paronella's life:

More info:
* Booke about the founder of the park
* Original article published by (Australia edition)
* Park PDF in Catalan and English
* Book about Josep Paronella
* Info published on the blog Yorokobu (in Spanish)

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Dinner Friday 1st March (Restaurant Silvestre)

Once again we are organising a dinner to be held next Friday 1st March. The place will be Restaurant Silvestre (Carrer Santaló 101, Barcelona).
We'll enjoy good food, good conversation and a good time!!!

TIME 20:30

PRICE 25 Eur (including IVA/VAT and wine), you can see the menu below, we'll have kangaroo as an option (probably).

Very important: we need confirmation, please send an email to

Pictures from the latest dinner... click here


Saturday, 2 February 2013

Guide Job

If you are interested in working as an English-speaking guide, occasionally or in a  regularly basis, contact this email: 

Barcelona street named after Kiwi mountaineer

The so-called Camí del Cel (Sky walk) is an access to the top of Tibidabo. Barcelona city council has decided to name one of its parts after the names of the New Zealander sir Edmund Hillary and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. They became the first climbers confirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1953.

The Tibidabo mountain is the highest place in Barcelona (508 metres), the best location to have a street named after Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

(info from La, picture from Wikipedia)