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Spains Catalonia

Catalonia encompasses a large part of the Spanish Pyrenees. There are some wonderful national parks for nature lovers to explore as well as skiing in the winter season. The coastline is well known for the popular resorts along the Costa Brava and Costa Daurada and the not so well known holiday region of Costa Garraf.

Barcelona is the capital of the region and offers the possibility of a city and beach holiday combined. It is home to a busy port and as a city is on a par with Madrid in all aspects. The cathedral is a popular attraction for visitors as well as Las Ramblas in the old part of the town, probably one of the most famous streets in the country. It is busy and thriving at all hours with its picturesque buildings, cafes and shops which lead down to the seafront.

Girona is another historic city to visit in this region. Like Barcelona, Girona also has in the old town, la Rambla de la Llibertat, a street full of busy shops and cafes. There is also a cathedral as well as museums. Many visitors take day trips to Girona from the coast, but it also has a very good choice of restaurants and places to stay.

The Costa Brava – the Wild Coast – is part of the Catalonian coastline within the province of Girona and can be found to the north of Barcelona. Although the Costa Brava has many busy holiday resorts there are still quieter beaches to be found such as Santa Cristina.

To the south are three of the busiest destinations; Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar (which is an old fort town) and La Platja d’Aro. L’Estartit is also popular and has a marine reserve which is excellent for scuba diving.

If you want to get away from the beaches and travel inland you will find the medieval villages of Peratallada, Peralada and Pals.

Looking for holiday villas Costa Brava, choose from our wide selection of properties in this beautiful region of Catalonia.

The Costa Garraf, is a little heard of region of the Catalonian Coast between the city of Barcelona and the Costa Daurada.

Located by the Llobregat delta, the Costa Garraf forms a low lying region with long sandy beaches, against steep sided cliffs. Vilanova i la Geltru is a popular resort as is Castelldefels and Sitgues, one of the most popular towns along this stretch of coast.

With its clear waters and pleasant climate, vacationing in a holiday rental along this coast offers up plenty of opportunities with Barcelona situated not too far to the north east. There are many apartments in Barcelona, ideal for a short break before spending the remaining time lazing by the pool of your Costa Garraf villa.

The Costa Daurada – the Golden Coast – of approximately 240km has many long, sandy beaches and runs from Tarragona northwards to Barcelona. Tarragona is a major industrial port but still has many of the remains of its Roman history. To the south of the city is Port Aventura, one of the largest theme parks in Europe.

To the north of Tarragona is the town of Sitges which is a lively resort and is popular amongst the Spanish and holidaymakers alike. The local restaurants serve many Catalan dishes.

The resort of Salou and Cambrils found to the south are amongst the busiest and have safe, shallow waters which are ideal for family holidays in one of the holiday villas Costa Daurada.

Organising a Stag Party or Hen Do in Spain

Organising a Stag or Hen do in Spain might seem like a simple task. All you need to do is arrange a date, book hotel rooms in probably Barcelona or Madrid, organise flights for everyone and buy some wigs or some inflatable toys for the lucky person getting married. However, you will soon find that you forgot to do a few things. Imagine the scene: it’s Saturday night, you’re all dressed up (all 20 of you) and you are all hungry. You start looking for a place to sit down and eat. But you soon realise that everywhere is busy. Everyone starts getting angry and that anger is focused at you, because you’re the one who is supposed to be sorting everything out. In order to avoid such problems, here’s a quick guide on what you need to do to make your experience one to remember, rather than one to forget.
Make some arrangements prior to landing: book a restaurant for the main evenings, as restaurants on Friday and Saturday nights in Barcelona and Madrid are often busy with both locals and tourists eating out. Apart from that, even if you can find a place with a couple of spare tables, many will not want anything to do with a rowdy group of girls dressed as Dame Edna. So ring up beforehand, check it’s ok, book a table and leave a deposit if necessary. Many places have someone who can speak English, so there shouldn’t be any problems.
Whichever accommodation you choose, make sure it is central to where you want to be and check the price, location and acceptability of large groups, before booking. Often, holiday apartments offer better price and flexibility, so it’s worth looking into before booking a hotel.
Try to speak at least a little of the local language. A quick “hola”, “gracias” or “Que tal?” will go down amazingly well, and break the ice for the evening ahead.
Arrange a few daytime options for those that don’t want to drink heavily in the evenings. Groups are often mixed and some will simply not wish to stay out drinking and dancing until 7am the next morning. So have some activities prepared for those that wish to get up early. The ones that don’t want to come can easily stay in bed and just meet up for the next round of dinner and/or drinks.
Offer mobile telephones or make sure that everyone has their home mobile telephone with international roaming activated – not all operators offer this by default, so check with your mobile phone operator before leaving.
Pass round a few local numbers (the hotel or apartment company where you are staying, your friends of course, a taxi company and perhaps the police, just in case).
Finally, remember that Spanish people are not used to crowds of outrageous men or women singing songs, removing clothes, shouting, screaming, etc., so try and show some respect for your hosts. The best way to do this is prepare an itinerary before you go. Then, not only will you and your friends have a great time, but your hosts will enjoy the fun too. Follow these simple instructions and this will be an experience that everyone remembers fondly…

The Must See Attractions In Barcelona, Spain

If you think you are in need of a vacation, then Barcelona Spain is just the place you need to pay a visit. Barcelona is a place with history, culture, customs and excitement. Although Barcelona is full of culture and history there are fun things to do in the city as well. One thing that comes to buying it surfing along the Costa Brava. The waves are big, the winds are strong and you can surf for miles. Many people come to this area for some great surfing because of the waves. You will find that the beaches are just as beautiful as anywhere else in the world. The white Sandy beaches with the blue waters in the background are inviting.

Sailing along the Costa Brava is just as much fun. You can rent a sailboat or have a guide take you. The coastline is beautiful from the water and Barcelona has a beautiful coastline that can be enjoyed from a sailboat. If sailing is in for you, you might enjoy a boat Regatta race. Many of the sailing clubs hold Regatta races for visitors to see. If you have never seen a Regatta race you must see one why you are in Barcelona. If you have never done any sailing or surfing you can sign up and take classes while you are in Barcelona. This is just going to make your vacation more enjoyable.

The Mediterranean climate, water temperatures and sunny skies is why people travel to Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona is really about one thing and that is fun and excitement. After you have had a day in the sun, you can enjoy some fine cuisine at one of the many restaurants in Barcelona. You will find that the restaurants have America cuisine, Italian cuisine, French cuisine and Spanish cuisine. Whatever your taste is you will find a restaurant in Barcelona that has just what you want.

If you are looking for a little bit of nightlife in Barcelona, you will find that after the Sun goes down everybody gets out and enjoy some dancing, music and a few drinks. Although the fun and excitement starts a little later at night, you have nowhere to be the next day so enjoy some fun with the locals. You will see how they dance, how they enjoy the night and what they do to relax after a long day. After a night out, you might need a nice day relaxing by the pool or on the beach soaking up some sunrays.

One thing is for sure when you take your holiday to Barcelona your going to have exciting days, exciting nights and see so many different things. Traveling and vacations are not just about seeing historical sites they are about having fun, doing the things that you remember. You can plan your trip to Barcelona and plan to do just about anything. Take some time to enjoy the beaches, take some time to see the sights, but always make sure to have fun.

Family Camping Holiday Barcelona Spain

Are you planning a vacation holiday some time in the near future? If so, you might want to consider one of a number of hidden resorts which until recently few international travelers have ever heard about. These are cost-conscious mobile home communities which feature a lengthy list of amenities that are highly competitive with major hotel chains. While cost is a major consideration for most travelers, this is one of the attractive features associated with these new holiday resorts. But, price is not the only selling point that makes them attractive. The family oriented laid back style of these communities, increased safety and 24 hour security are also primary reasons why families traveling with children prefer them. One such resort where I have recently stayed is situated in Vilanova I la Geltru a mere 50km from Barcelona Spain. Not only is there a number of organized activities offered to guests, there is also plenty of freedom to do whatever you desire while there. I highly recommend anyone traveling to the Costa Dorada to consider staying with Paramount Places. I was amazed at the superior personal service, trans-portation, amenities and beautiful beach that was within a short walking distance. In short, if you are considering spending your holidays in Spain this year, then ‘Camping Holiday Spain’ from Paramount Places is well worth a look. Intense fun is waiting to be had for the whole family; both parents and children alike. All of this in a very safe and secure family environment.

FC Barcelona Players: Samuel Eto’o

Samuel Eto’o, although he seems to have been playing at the top level for such a long time, was, in fact, born in March 1981 in Nkon, Cameroon. Seemingly followed by controversy, Eto’o signed for Real Madrid as a 16 year old and had, to put it mildly, a strange relationship with the club from then on.

Firstly, upon his arrival at Madrid airport, young Samuel was famously forgotten about – a young black African with no Spanish hanging around an airport; an inauspicious beginning. After uneventful loan spells at Leganés and Espanyol, the coltish-looking Eto’o found himself loaned out to Mallorca, where he really began to show off his credentials.

Scoring 54 goals, Eto’o became the islanders’ highest league goal scorer and developed a real affinity with the supporters there – and he famously scored a spectacular individual goal against Madrid in the Bernabeu! Eto’o enjoyed his relationship with Mallorca so much that, when they reached the Copa del Rey final in 2003, he paid out €30,000 on a meal for them!

At the end of his loan spell, the Real Madrid supporters were almost unanimous in their desire for Samuel to return to the capital and compete for the forward positions with Raul and Ronaldo. What followed was a summer of continuous speculation and argument and eventually, for €24 million, the player signed for Barcelona – something that still annoys many Real Madrid fans.

Since then, Eto’o has scored goals galore for the Catalan giants. In his first, championship-winning season, Eto’o scored 25 league goals, including the title-clinching strike at Levante. He reached 50 goals in just 67 matches – a club record.

In addition to wining African Footballer of the year a record three times in succession from 2003, Samuel was part of the Cameroon side that won the African Cup in 2000 and 2002 and was runner-up in 2008. Previously, he had been the youngest player, at 17 years and 3 months, in the 1998 World Cup. He was the pichichi, top goal scorer, in La Liga in 2005/06, when, of course, he scored an equalising goal in the Champions’ League final against Arsenal.

Controversy has never been far away, however. After winning the league in 2005, Eto’o made the mistake of singing an abusive song about Madrid during the on-pitch celebrations. He has also been famously outspoken in his denouncements of racial abuse chanted in grounds – even threatening to walk off during one league game at Zaragova. Furthermore, there were times during 2007/08 season when Samuel Eto’o seemed a very forlorn figure, when his relationship with some of the other players was not at its best. At the end of the season, it seemed that the club were determined to transfer Ronaldinho, Deco and Eto’o, the perceived bad influences at the club. Eto’o, though, with typical determination, was adamant that his future was still with Barcelona – and he has proved to be absolutely correct.

Samuel Eto’o is fast, two-footed, brave and a totally committed team player and arguably the best centre forward in modern football.

Spain’s Most Superior Holiday Destination?

Barcelona is arguably Spain’s most stunning holiday destination; it is a true Mediterranean gem and basks proud in the spotlight. It is one of the most eye-catching cities with its striking architecture, grand landmarks (like The Olympic Stadium), beautiful countryside and long, beach-strewn coastline – all set against brilliant sunshine and blazing blue skies.

Images of Antoni Gaudi’s architecture are what perhaps most readily spring to mind when we picture Barcelona and it is not many cities that can conjure up such a striking mental image. Gaudi studied architecture in Barcelona as a teenager in the late 1800’s and his creatively designed buildings are scattered throughout the city centre.

With their weird, wonderful and instantly recognisable design – incorporating an awe inspiring mix of spindling towers, coloured patterned mosaic tiles, gothic crosses, sinister looking chimeras and spider web window panes – his buildings have an austere and wacky beauty that play a huge part in setting Barcelona in a class of its own.

Perhaps his most famous design is The Sagrada Familia, on which Gaudi spent 43 years – the last 12 years of which were devoted entirely to the project. It is as fitting an example as any of the superiority of the Barcelona experience; a culture that takes a deep sense of pride and care in making Barcelona a delight for citizens and travellers alike. To truly appreciate the majestic scale and brilliance of Gaudi’s work, it is advisable to stay in centrally-located hotels in Barcelona and explore each and every architectural twist and turn that the city has to offer.

What’s more, there’s the huge Olympic Stadium with its 55,000 capacity, the world-renowned Picasso Museum with some 3,500 original artworks and the world-class football team with their many successes. Barcelona really is outstanding in every way – it does nothing by halves, but it carries all this beauty and brilliance with a modest grace, rather than arrogance.

There is also a quiet and more humble side to Barcelona. Visitors can retreat into the calming mountainous areas – like Conca de Barbera – should they crave a little more tranquillity. It is a botanical and hilly region where visitors can appreciate the city’s superior organic and natural beauty, with its medieval villages and monasteries. Then perhaps the best way to round off a perfect day is with a stroll along a section of the nearly 3 miles of golden sand coastline.

This stunning Spanish city presents itself as the ideal choice for anyone looking for a holiday destination that guarantees to exceed all expectations.

Spain Draws 15 Million Tourists For First Half Of 2008

In a recent study by Frontur, an international tourism institution in Spain, the country has seen a 3.3 percent growth in tourism during the first six months of 2008. Of the 15 million tourists, most were French, English, Scandinavian or Italian. Poor economic conditions worldwide do not seem to be taking a toll on Spanish tourism. Millions of people are simply planning their vacations to better accommodate a strained economy.

Barcelona Tourism

Barcelona is leading the race as the favorite tourism spot in Spain for 2008. In the past four months, Barcelona has hosted more than 24 percent of the 15 million people who have visited Spain. Barcelona is a popular destination for historians and those who appreciate fine art and amazing architecture.

Canary Islands Tourism

The Canary Islands have been a major contender in the tourism battle since the mid-1950s. Millions of tourists book accommodations on one or more of the Canary Islands each year. The year-round tropical climate, volcanic landscapes, mountains and miles of beaches offer a unique experience for tourists. The 2008 season is booming and it is highly recommended that visitors book accommodations months in advance.

Andalusia Tourism

Andalusia is commonly called “the heart of Spain” and has been the destination of choice for 2.1 million tourists so far in 2008. The city of Seville is one of the primary historic attractions in Andalusia. The history of Andalusia dates back to pre-Roman times. Some of the most prominent architecture from throughout the ages still stands today.

Valencia Tourism

Valencia has played host to 1.6 million tourists in 2008. Valencia’s original name, Valentia, means strength and vigor. The city was named after Emperor Valens. Like most Spanish tourist destinations, Valencia is rich in history, architecture, art and culture. Valencia’s white beaches are very popular destinations during the summer.

Madrid Tourism

Madrid is the capital of Spain and boasts many world-famous museums. El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza are only a few of the most famous museums in the city. The city itself is robust and offers lessons in history and culture from just a stroll along its streets. More than 3 million people call Madrid home and are very hospitable to tourists year-round.

Tourism in Spain Grows Despite Economic Conditions

No matter your destination in Spain, you’re sure to find the culture and history simply amazing. The largest theme park in Europe is Siam Park on the island of Tenerife, and the Tenerife weather is almost always good for holidays.

The park offers roller coasters, water attractions, a variety of shows and children’s play areas. The Canary Islands and various locations across Spain are easily accessible by way of low-cost airlines. The growing number of low-cost flights to and from many European destinations makes planning your vacation budget even easier. Tourists are very much aware of the economic decline in their own countries, as well as in their destination countries. To the well-seasoned traveler, this simply presents an exercise in planning and budgeting.

Poor economic conditions are on the minds of people worldwide. The struggling economy began to raise concerns in 2007. Tourism boards and nations that rely heavily on tourism were prepared for the possibility that poor economic conditions might hinder travel in 2008.

Prague CZ: Great Free Pocket Travel Guide by Flashbooking accommodation website

Flashbooking is a growing cheap hostel Prague and hotels directory specializing in budget accommodation for independent travellers, students, adventurous backpackers, international volunteers, families and all the ones that travel on a budget.

Those who love travelling light, those with a sense for adventure, those who love flexibility in their trips, those who like meeting locals and travelling slow and low… those are Flashbooking happy travellers!

Flashbooking accommodation database is easily available online and comes completed with all relevant information about youth hostel and hotel location and map, description, services, hostel contacts, customer ratings, six pictures and updated prices inclusive of taxes and services together with instant real availability.

Having the reservation final price is also convenient as it does give the transparency our users pretend while booking. Having the final total amount of your booking means you do not have to worry about other extra surprises! Flashbooking cheap lodging solutions are all available for online bookings and divided by Countries.

Travellers have free access to the updated list of Europe hostels and budget hotels, North and South America hostels, Caribbean and Central America hostels as well as for Asia cheap accommodations, Oceania youth hostels and Africa hostels. Flashbooking’s happy travellers can book their rooms and beds not only in cheap hotels or youth hostels but also consider other budget accommodations in Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouses, Campsites, apartments, farm houses and much more.

Flashbooking chose to provide backpackers, students and families with a list of budget selected and independent accommodations worldwide, mostly run by locals, in order to promote an alternative tourism respectful of cultures and different societies.

For this and other reasons Flashbooking is becoming a recognized source of information and services for who loves creating a trip by him/herself and book bed nights securely online. In fact, thanks to a secure server certified SSL provided by Thawte (the global certificate authority) www.flashbooking.com is able to guarantee instantly confirmed and secure online reservations.

Thawte is a system which encrypts all the processed data and guarantees that this will not be read, used or modified by other parties. Confirmed online bookings mean that your holiday is just a click away, that you can get all the information needed to book online, that you can save time and money!

Recently added a new free customer service online at travellers disposal to suggest the perfect accommodation for their trip and voyages. The Skype account ‘Flashbooking Customercare’ gives more assistance also in the booking process for all our travellers and backpackers needs.

Other reasons to chose Flashbooking? Flashbooking helps you saving money with a special promotion that allows travellers to earn money and credits of 1,5 euros by inviting other friends to subscribe and receive the monthly newsletter, rich of information about hostel and hotel deals. For each friend that sings up, our travellers get 1,50 euros: it is possible to earn up to 40 euros! These credits are immediately registered in the user’s personal online account ‘My Booking’ and at the reach of 40 euros they are automatically deducted to pay your online hostel reservations !

With the monthly newsletter, Flashbooking puts at travellers’ and partner hostels’ free disposal some useful information tools as pocket travel guides of the top world cities: the Amsterdam City guide, the London City guide, the Barcelona City guide, the Paris City guide, the Rome City guide, the Florence City guide, and the freshly issued Prague City guide!

In general, these guides have been written for giving the essential information about the most visited cities in the world and in particular for any traveller or first-time visitor. For a short visit, a week-end, a city break, these free pocket guides are useful printable and downloadable tools available online.

The free City pocket guide of the Czech Capital contains, in just 9 printable pages, all the essential information and very good suggestions divided by areas: Prague New City and Prague Old city, the Jewish quarter (Josephov), the Malastrana district and the Castle. Prague is renown for wooden toys, crystal products, flea markets and Christmas markets, Wenceslas Square and museums, Art Galleries, breweries and beers and cheap lodgings, classic itineraries in the Boemian countryside and a lot more to make a visit worth wise. Free for anyone who wish to book and go and rich of colour pictures, the Prague Travel Pocket Guide is at backpackers disposal in Flashbooking.com! For Flashbooking users and travellers that might have a personal website or a travel blog, or even manage a youth hostel or a hotel accommodation, and are interested in the travel city guides, the pocket guides can be collected and put at your visitors’ disposal.

In the Prague City guide students, families and backpackers can get a large selection of cheap or low cost accommodation with plenty of low cost solutions in budget youth hostels, Prague bed and breakfast, guesthouses, cheap hotel deals.

Our travellers are also our good partners as they help us either giving their ratings of some accommodations, lodgings, BandB, youth hostels and budget small hotels where they personally stayed, either enlarging the hostel offer by reporting some new contacts.

Flashbooking policy tends to privilege small and family-run hotels in order to promote an alternative tourism respectful of cultures and different societies.

So mates, we are looking forward to finding you THE budget accommodation that meets your needs and pocket for your next trip!

Spain Boasts More Than 15 Million Tourists in the First Half of 2008

According to a recent study by Frontur, an international tourism institution in Spain, the country has seen a 3.3 percent growth in tourism during the first six months of 2008. Of the 15 million tourists, most were French, English, Scandinavian or Italian. Poor economic conditions worldwide do not seem to be taking a toll on Spanish tourism. Millions of people are simply planning their vacations to better accommodate a strained economy.

Barcelona Tourism

Barcelona is leading the race as the favorite tourism spot in Spain for 2008. In the past four months, Barcelona has hosted more than 24 percent of the 15 million people who have visited Spain. Barcelona is a popular destination for historians and those who appreciate fine art and amazing architecture.

Canary Islands Tourism

The Canary Islands have been a major contender in the tourism battle since the mid-1950s. Millions of tourists book accommodations on one or more of the Canary Islands each year. The year-round tropical climate, volcanic landscapes, mountains and miles of beaches offer a unique experience for tourists. The 2008 season is booming and it is highly recommended that visitors book accommodations months in advance.

Andalusia Tourism

Andalusia is commonly called “the heart of Spain” and has been the destination of choice for 2.1 million tourists so far in 2008. The city of Seville is one of the primary historic attractions in Andalusia. The history of Andalusia dates back to pre-Roman times. Some of the most prominent architecture from throughout the ages still stands today.

Valencia Tourism

Valencia has played host to 1.6 million tourists in 2008. Valencia’s original name, Valentia, means strength and vigor. The city was named after Emperor Valens. Like most Spanish tourist destinations, Valencia is rich in history, architecture, art and culture. Valencia’s white beaches are very popular destinations during the summer.

Madrid Tourism

Madrid is the capital of Spain and boasts many world-famous museums. El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza are only a few of the most famous museums in the city. The city itself is robust and offers lessons in history and culture from just a stroll along its streets. More than 3 million people call Madrid home and are very hospitable to tourists year-round.

Tourism in Spain Grows Despite Economic Conditions

No matter your destination in Spain, you’re sure to find the culture and history simply amazing. The largest theme park in Europe is Siam Park on the island of Tenerife.

The park offers roller coasters, water attractions, a variety of shows and children’s play areas. The Canary Islands and various locations across Spain are easily accessible by way of low-cost airlines. The growing number of low-cost flights to and from many European destinations makes planning your vacation budget even easier. Tourists are very much aware of the economic decline in their own countries, as well as in their destination countries. To the well-seasoned traveler, this simply presents an exercise in planning and budgeting.

Poor economic conditions are on the minds of people worldwide. The struggling economy began to raise concerns in 2007. Tourism boards and nations that rely heavily on tourism were prepared for the possibility that poor economic conditions might hinder travel in 2008.

The first six months of 2008 have most definitely proven them wrong. Tourism to Spanish destinations has increased more than three percent over the same period in 2007 and appears on track to continue growing.

This is What Makes a Bestseller – a Recipe for a Bestseller Finally Found?

What is it that make a critics all occupied with a novel that in part has passages that look like the Bobsey children book language? A melo- dramatic plot and all to well known gallery of personalities, that at least will make it look like a novel of dukes and dutchesses?

The plot of the book by Ildefonso Falcones, called the Cathedral of the Ocean is a cruel master and a hero called Arnau Estanoyal. The hero is born in 1321 and his roots are a proud farmers family from a kathalonian farm. On the wedding night to his parents, the cruel master comes and makes his claim to sleep with the bride. This destroys Aranaus mother completely, and makes his father Bernat to escape with little Arnau born 9 months later. He assure himself that the boy is not the son of the cruel master, but a real Estanoyal, by identification of the noble family birthmark above his right eye.

Arnau grows up Barcelona during its 14th century period. A city full of freedom to its citizens if they have been living there for a year or more. Father and son works hard, starvs, and are being treated bad by gready relatives. Berant can take it all, expect when the war creates a hunger and he can no longer stand that the rich has storage of food, while the poor dies of hunger. Bernat becomes one of the back men of a riot that happened in real life in Barcelona in the year of 1334. kelighetens» Barcelona i 1334.

Wealth and nobel title

The Cathedral of the Ocean is a so called historic novel. The title reflects on Satna Maria del Mar, and is according to Falcones one of the most beautiful churches of the world. It was built by volunteers of the people itself the ”bastaix” who carried rocks to build the church. Little Arnau has become one of these proud ”Bastaix’s”. Later the faith brings wealth and a noble title to our noble and beautiful hero. The story also makes him loose his loved one as a act of rank play, and he is thrown into prison and becomes the victim of the Spanish inquisition. But all is well in the end..

The author Falcones has done a thorough historic research. We are to be witnesses to a society that looks down on women, where the law in society determined that if you later married the woman you raped, you did not have to take any penalty. Here you will find descriptions of the inquisitors, the plague of black death, the continuous wars between the small states, a heroic slave and not least the Jews are described in the book. Every Easter lots of people had to die due to the crucifixion thirteen hundred years earlier, before the whole Jewish quarter in Barcelona is eradicated.

Small lads

Seen from a litterary standpoint of view, the book is dead. Translations can take part of this blame, however not totally. It is some what curious that middle age people consisting of small lads, Scots which are noisy and have hidden laughs.

On the other side, the plot and characters are in line with the flat language, so it is tempting to assume that the book has gotten the translation it deserves.

A Copy novel

Recently a Italian professor went out and warned against Harry Potter copies destroyed the children’s book market. Harry Potter books are not dangerous by itself. Neither is the Barcelona novel called Shadow of the wind, which apparently is the inspirational source for the Cathedral of the Ocean book. The book is promoted through an enormous marketing apparatus. It has already sold more then 2 million copies and in pact with any success novel the author claims that seven publishers refused the book before it finally made it through its present publisher. It is hard to believe this story, but it makes good marketing material at least. The novel follows exactly the recipe of a modern bestseller, so it looks like something created for this purpose alone.

“If only all bestsellers were like this novel”, a Spanish critics announced in the Spanish newspapers. Well, if the book market continues to develop in the same commercial trend there is a good chance that his wish will come through. That all bestsellers will become like this where great entertainment is made out of pure recipes.