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Among the apartments in Barcelona PASSEIG DE GRACIA APARTMENTS has provides very standardised accommodation for the visitors.This apartment is located in a great location in the exclusive Diagonal district.This apartment in a great location surrounded by fantastic restaurants, designer shops and impressive architecture namely the masterpieces of Gaudi.This is with in easy reach of many local sites and attractions,such as lively Gracia district,Las Ramblas, the Magic Fountain of Montjuic , Parc Guell ,Pedrera and a short walk away are Casa Batllo and the Sagrada Familia.Barcelona city has a very exclusive transport facilities.Transport network which includes a metro system, buses, trams and several funiculars and aerial cable cars.Barcelona Sants, the main railway station very close to it also Barcelona International Airport with in easy reach.It is ideal for any type of travellers whether they are in business trip or leisure trip.

Accommodation in Barcelona is in very high standard.The apartment types it consists are One Bedroom Apartment(up to four people, the apartment comes equipped with two single beds and a double sofa bed in the living area) , Three Bedroom Apartment(This apartment is suitable for up to eight people and comes equipped with two double and two single beds. There is also a double sofa bed in the living area) and Three Bedroom Apartment (Twin).Recently refurbished and lusciously designed, the apartments fit well with their attractive surroundings.It is followed by several terms and conditions such as it can be booked in exactly the same way as a hotel: simply complete and submit the secure online booking form.No security deposit is required here.Cards accepted here are Master Card, Visa. All cancellations received will be subject to a cancellation fee.Lower rates will be available here for longer stays and relocations.

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Well, it looks like Barcelona will be in the world spotlight again. This time, it will host the 2013 FINA World Championships. It was supposed to be hosted in the UAE at Dubai, but it declined. It will also be the second time the city has hosted it; it first hosted one in 2003.

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Well, it looks like Barcelona will be in the world spotlight again. This time, it will host the 2013 FINA World Championships. It was supposed to be hosted in the UAE at Dubai, but it declined. It will also be the second time the city has hosted it; it first hosted one in 2003.

The reason why Dubai declined?

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I've uploaded a few pics of my visit to Montjuic when I was in Barcelona this past June.

Most of these are from the ceremonies section of the Olympic Museum in Montjuic.

Excuse my face in a few of the shots. haha.











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Twenty years on, Barcelona Olympic venues defy crisis

AFP - Twenty years after the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the massive venues built for the Games continue to host major events, from swim meets to concerts, even if they have had to slash their fees to face Spain's economic crisis.

The Games were a catalyst for the regeneration of industrial areas and old quarters and it opened Spain's second-largest city to the Mediterranean thanks to the construction of a marina and the Olympic village by the sea.

Today the village has become a neighbourhood of 1,800 apartments which were sold to the public after the sports event was over.

Public transportation also benefited from the Games with the construction of a ring road linking the four main Olympic sites, as well as a massive redevelopment of the city's railway station and airport.

"From the beginning we recognised that the project was a pretext. The goal was to do in six years what it would normally take 50 years to do," said Barcelona Olympic Organising Committee chief Miquel Abad.

In total 9.844 billion euros ($12.335 billion) were spent on the Olympics, including 5.985 billion euros in insfrastructure and 3.859 billion euros in construction and equipment.

The bill has been fully paid off since 2007, according to Barcelona city hall.

The Olympic venues host over 150 events per year, said Ignasi Armengol, the director of Barcelona Municipal Services, the municipal company charged with managing the installations.

Most are held in the 70,000-seat Olympic Stadium and the 20,000-seat Palau Sant Jordi stadium in Montjuic, a hill overlooking Barcelona's harbour, he added.

Bruce Springsteen performed at the Olympic Stadium last month, following in the footsteps of Bon Jovi and Coldplay.

Madonna and Lady Gaga preferred the Palau Sant Jordi for their upcoming concerts in Spain.

"We are competing internationally. In this region a major artist has to choose between venues in Montpellier, Nice or Barcelona," said Armengol.

"In general rental fees for venues have gone down and we are also adapting to the economic crisis by adjustic prices."

The two main venues, the Olympic Stadium and the Palau Sant Jordi, can generate 500 million euros per year, if indirect revenues from the tourism and retail sectors are taken into account, said Armengol.

"Normally sports events are not linked to economic profitability, what they do is promote the city. It is an indirect benefit," he said, adding profits from musical events made up for the lack of profitability of sports events.

The Palau Sant Jordi, designed by award-winning Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, "is the most profitable venue but it is difficult to fill", said Armengol.

It will host the World Swimming Championships next year between July 19 and August 4 in a specially built pool as well as the Handball World Championship between January 11 and 27.

Maintenance costs for the Olympic venues are high. Over 20 percent of Barcelona Municipal Services' annual budget of 25 million euros goes towards the upkeep of the installations.

The Palau Sant Jordi, with its giant screens and sound equipment, has the highest maintenance costs of all the venues.

The so-called "Barcelona model" of urban regeneration continues to be hailed as a model to follow by other Olympic host cities seeking to use the Games to transform neglected neighbourhoods.

The 1992 Olympics "offered a very powerful powerful image of the city that combined in a magical way culture, leisure, beaches and the sea, architecture and arts," said Abad.

"Since then tourism has not stopped growing in Barcelona in both quality and quantity."


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So, that is where the bigger Barcelona 1992 topic is. Funny how Google didn't show this one in the first page of search results.

Anyway, a small repeat of what I had stated earlier and, believe it or not, supporting gotosy on his last post.


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For fans of *Barcelona* by Freddie and Monserrat, earlier in the year they re-released the whole Barcelona album, recording it with a full orchestra (the way Freddie Mercury intended it to be).

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Still the best song for an Olympic Games. The song says it all. Amazing rendition there Matty.

It was NOT an official song sanctioned by the Barcelona Committee. That was Amigos Para Siempre which Carreras and Sarah Brightman performed at the Closing, and specially commissioned by the Committee, composed by Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

This song is from the concert which greeted the arrival of the 'Antwerp' flag from Seoul in Barcelona in 1988 -- so to mark the start of Barcelona's 4-year pre-Olympic journey.

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