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Figueres Dalí museum

Figueres: artistic flair guaranteed!

 

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Església de Sant Pere in Figueres

Figueres – small town charm. Those who are looking for a bit of variety and urban feeling – even if it’s just on a small scale – should give the charming town Figueres a go. The relaxing atmosphere is perfect for a stroll through the town and some window-shopping – I’m sure your wallet won’t stay put for long! From charming, classy boutiques to bigger fashion chains – Figueres has it all. The city also has a range of culinary treasures to offer to its visitors. For those who are looking for restaurants in a beautiful ambiance, the square in front of the town’s church is the place to be. Lean back and watch the colorful life of the city.

Dalí everywhere!

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Dalís impressive sculptures!

But now moving on to a man who gave Figueres its artistic flair and made the town known around the world. Yes, you guessed right: Salvador Dalí! Because what would be an article about Figueres without mentioning Catalonia’s most prestigious artist? Exactly: simply incomplete and not capturing the town’s character. Strolling through the Catalan streets, stumbling upon Dalís works of art over and over, you can definitely tell: Figueres takes immense pride in the surrealist.

 

Teatre-Museu Dalí – Figueres pride and joy

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The famous facade with its colossal eggs

His most impressive and noticeable work would be the Teatre-Museu Dalí in the city centre. The matte red facade with its oversized eggs representing love and hope, the enormous dome-shaped roof and the strikingly beautiful front with its countless details that alone take up a couple of minutes to observe, give a first hint of what’s hiding behind the old walls of Figueres’ former municipal theatre.

 

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Night at the museum

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Impressive facade of the Teatre-Museu Dalí

Every summer the museum offers its art-loving visitors a special treat: exclusive nighttime tours including a glass of champagne! But beware: the tours that take place between 10pm and 1 am are extremely popular. Get your tickets early enough and I guarantee you won’t be sorry! The short period of waiting doesn’t bother us because now in the evening time a light breeze is blowing in front of the museum and you don’t feel like melting in the sun anymore like one of Dalís famous clocks.

 

 

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Beautiful details at the entrance

Entering the Teatre-Museu Dalí we immediately get goose bumps all over our bodies. In the semicircular inner courtyard where all of the different figures and sculptures are magically displayed with spot lights shining on them, our eyes wander directly to the giant glass dome. Especially at night the outside area of the museum spreads a special charm because now the stars are shining – almost kitschy – above our heads.

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The sparkling glass dome at the museum

Figueres’ famous museum – fascinating and multi-faceted

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Much more than just the famous clocks!

We continue our visit through the different rooms and notice in amazement: Dalís works of art were extremely multi-faceted. There is so much more to the artist than just the „Melting Clocks“. You could spend hours studying and interpreting every little detail of his art work. Dalí once said to his friend (and rival) Picasso: „Picasso es un genio, yo también“ meaning “Picasso is a genius but so am I“. Well, he wasn’t particularly humble…but he also didn’t have any reason to be!

 

 

 

Surrealistic dream

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Dalís huge artwork

Those who still haven’t had enough after a couple of hours in the surrealistic museum, now have the chance to stock up on souvenirs from the gift shop. And if you developed a certain fascination with the artists life and motivation like I did, grab yourself a copy of Dalís autobiography “The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí“ and start reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lying on the bed, topless

Photography and self reinvention

She is a young and self-confident woman who loves photography. In front of and behind the camera, she plays with erotic fantasies of past and present, experimenting with light and shadow as well as black and white.

Montse Capel aka “Moon”

Montse Capel is 26 years old. She is from Figueres, the city of surrealism, which had a formative influence on her from a very early age: She uses the pseudonym “Moon”. The moon orbits the earth. It represents the unconscious, the desires and dreams “Immerse yourself in your dreams and give in to your desires.” Her clear black-and-white photography deals with self-perception, intuition and focuses on the feminine side. She is always her own model in a new context. The backgrounds, the environments and the light – always change. And she is right in the middle of it. By using the self-timer, she is loosing herself in the moment, the ambiance.

Nude picture of "Moon"

Passionate photography

However, she is far away from taking trendy selfies that are often shared on Facebook. Everyone has been talking about it even if they have been around for 175 years – aesthetic self-portraits. Montse Capel feels obliged to follow this tradition.

Self-potrait with strong eyes

Black & white Portrait

Long before Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, smartphones, selfie sticks and self-timer, people used to display themselves in front of their own cameras. The phenomenon to taking pictures oneself is as old as the photography itself and corresponds to our innate curiosity.
Montse Capel is not a digital “egoshooter”, but an ambitious photo artist.

Displaying yourself nude in front of your own cameras

Portraying herself with a self-timer

She wants to reinvent herself again and again, to dive into different worlds, to experience the interaction between light and shade…
We are looking forward to new perspectives from her.

Christmas shopping in Catalonia – Barcelona.Girona.Figueres .

Christmas is just around the corner and the weeks until December 24th put retailing in a state of emergency. Therefore time for us to start some tours through the shopping arcades of Catalonia.

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Christmas decoration in the shop windows

 

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Not that much reminds of Christmas in early December. The Passeig de Gràcia is enlighted by sunlight, cafés are pretty well attended. Only a few shop windows are already decorated festively.

Shop decoration for Christmas

Shop details

Merely an inconsiderable Christmas tree seems to be a popular eye-catcher for the numerous tourists. Only the well-known department store chain El Corte Inglés conjures a little Christmas charm. The facade is adorned with pretty luminous star. In the inside you walk through some kind of a tinsel rain – surrounded by poinsettias and Christmas trees.

First bargains can be found very well. The neighbouring streets are also preparing to the Advent season. The El Corte Inglés is an all-rounder for Christmas gifts and bargains. From jewelry to clothes, perfume, accessories and decoration you may espy easily the perfect gift for your loved ones. The small streets around La Rambla also offer original treasures outside of mass consumption. Get ready for the shopping adventure!

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The provincial capital offers a variety of options to tune into high days and holidays. Small alleys of the old town are lovingly decorated for Christmas and the numerous little shops woo passersby with goodies from the region.

Rocambolesc ice

The fantastic ice-cream of Rocambolesc is always worth a taste

Shop windows are a sign of pre-Christmas period. Cosy strolling along the colorful houses, which extend to both sides of the river Onyar, and a walk along the stands of the Christmas market which offers unique pieces of arts can be perfectly combined with a bit of culture: the Cathedral of Santa María as the largest gothic arch in the world is always worth to visit. A selfie for some Christmas greeting would be a good idea, right?

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Streets of Figueres

Streets of Figueres are already decorated for Christmas

The birthplace of the famous surrealist Salvador Dalí is a real attraction for visitors, not only due to the Salvador Dalí Museum. During the festive season, the small town near the French border also attracts with comfortable shopping. The alleys around Plaça Ajuntament illuminate in festive Christmas decoration. Shop windows are glittering seductively while Christmas market stands offer delicacy and crafts. The smell of marron glacé sweetens the air. Perfect requirements to enjoy the surrounding and shop a little surprise for family and friends.

Clear the Ring for the International Circus Festival 2015

Magic, exoticism, adventure, and a bit of freedom is what comes to our minds when thinking of circus. The smell of popcorn, the rustling straw under our feet, the spotlights and drum rolls, the laugh of children when the clowns fall over their enourmous shoes – circus always is an adventure which we experience with all of our senses.

It lets us forget about the world when watching the beautiful artiste who is gracefully swinging the hula hoop. We hold our breaths when the trapeze artist is winding around himself for the fifth time and only holds on to the trapeze with one foot. We laugh out loudly when the clowns are hunting each other, the toy trumpets are echoing and their colossal noses are slipping. We applaud enthusiastically when the circus horses are strutting across the circus ring on their back legs and we cry tears of joy and emotion when little girls are dancing on the high wire as if it was a runway.

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This year, The International Circus Festival in Figueres enters into the fourth round on February 26. There are 72 artistes coming from 14 countries expected to come which already have caused enthusiasm among the audience of last year. The elite of jugglers, aerialists, clowns, and acrobats will be represented in Europe for the first time and will cause an unforgettable evening in the new big top on the exhibition centre of Figueres. During different shows – the blue and the red one – the artistes and their 24 circus acts will be evaluated by a specialist jury. Only the best artistes will enter the final – the golden – show. Last year, the individual artist Kai Cao from China, the circus “Diabolos“ from Russia as well as the “National Circus of Pyongyang“ from North Korea won the “Golden Dalí Elefant“, being the highest award.

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On http://www.festivaldelcirc.com/en/ you can get tickets for groups at 10€ per person. At 40€ per person you can sit down in the VIP loge. 
On https://www.facebook.com/festivaldecirc?fref=ts, the organizer will provide you with constantly up-to-date information.
Visiting the circus will be an unforgettable experience, as the slogan on the website promises.
So don’t miss it! Clear the ring for another fantastic edition of the International Circus Festival of the City of Figueres.

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“Night at the Museum” – Dalí to Touch and Feel

Being in a museum at night once in a lifetime is a wish that many of us have since the blockbuster “Night At The Museum“ came up. This movie shows us that some things might change at night at the museum – you experience adventures and exhibits turn to live. After sunset, Ben Stiller has to fight against the chaos within the exhibitions. Salvador Dalí, one of the most important surrealist painters of the 20th century, attracted us this night to visit his hometown for an interesting dinner as well as an impressive visit to his museum.


The night startet at the restaurant called Coordenades with a surreal dinner. First, sparkling wine and water was served, accompanied by some starters which look different to what they tasted – just surreal. Pieces of watermelon dunked into gin, magdalenas (small sweet cakes) made of olives, and snacks out of popcorn started our menu. This is how the evening should go on – a jelly onion soup having the shape of the well-known Dalí egg, framed by a mousse out of potatoes, “winged“ fish with almonds as a main course, accompanied by the best suiting wines.

 

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To conclude the dinner, mousse au chocolat, broken chocolate, chopped and caramelized nuts and a lake out of orange juice, decorated with melting clocks out of gelantin, demonstrating the run out of time, were served.

The motto definitely was “taste, look, and being stunned and surprised“. Our conclusion is clear: Joining two components which normally aren’t associated with each other can be really stunning and even delicious.

Mousse-au-Chocolat-Dinner-Dali

The evening went further as we headed towards the Dalí Museum which had been installed and designed by the painter himself. The event „Dalí at Night“ can be visited the whole August from 22pm to 1am, the last entrance is at 23.30 pm and tickets have to be reserved online.

From the entrance hall we quickly got into a great hall with a cupola made of class which can already be seen from outside the museum. The night sky with many stars could be seen through the glass and many visitors stood still and looked skywards, enjoying the fantastic view. Other payed 1€ to switch on the lights in a car that stood in the hall. Figures that sat in the car were poured over by water and looked scary. We didn’t know whether this had any sense.

Dali-Museum-Cupola

Following the gallery, we saw many other rooms which all contained different works of arts. Some contained vast canvas, others figures or wall paintings. Behind a curtain, we found the alleged final resting place of Dalí to which he was apparently brought to after his death. Going up the stairs, a roundabout on which a sofa, formed as a mouth, a kind of cupboard, which looked like a nose and two paintings which gave an idea of two eyes, were waiting for uns. The queue to the round sight glass was long, everyone wanted to take a look through it to only the the certain part of the whole work of art which should show a face.

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Passing by wall paintings and portraits of Dalí, we reach one of the inner terraces on which a black and white movie showed Dalí as a human, an artist and his work within the construction of the museum which former was a theatre. We got a glass of sparkling wine for free and relaxed a few minutes in the warm summer breeze to be fit for the exhibition of Dalí’s jewellery. The collection “Dalí, joies“ produced due to Dalís design were sparkling like Thousand and One Nights. Brooches made of gold with a Madonna in the centre, having the shape of a mouth filled with diamonds or an eye whose iris reflected the run out of time… We would be lucky to possess those treasures.

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A bit breathless because of the amount of work of arts, but still impressed by the amplitude of Dalí’s creativity and change, we stepped out onto the crowded street where many people were already on their way to Acústica, a music festival whose concerts are mostly free. Those people were looking forward to a different kind of cultural offer.

 

 

Spectacular view from the gardens of Cap Roig.

An inspiring place- beautiful Costa Brava

How does inspiration feel like? It‘s the sweet taste of joy that sticks to your tongue, when life has  just revealed one of its little secrets and you know, that you can do what ever you want with it and you don‘t have to share it with anybody. Even if being inspired is a great feeling, it‘s normally hiding in a dark corner – it seems rather to be a shy deer than a tame lamb and it appears only if you built your castles high enough in the air.No free toughts, no inspiration – it‘s not possible to bond it. There may be words in which it‘s hiding or a movie or a painting. But it can also be found in some places.

The inspiring landscape of the Costa Brava.O

ne of the most famous residents of the Costa Brava, Salvador Dalí, once said about his hometown Cadaqués: “Furthermore I only love Cadaqués, my own center, which is the whole world on the edge of the sea.”He was not the only person, who fell in love with the rough coastline – there‘s hardly any famous artist to be found, who didn‘t get lost here at least once in a lifetime. Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Paul Elúard , Andre Breton, Man Ray and Marcel Duchcamp are just some of the many and even if you are a very rational person, it‘s hard not to immerse yourself into a fantasy world, surrounded by this landscape. The air of the place smells of creativity and if you look at it long enough, it becomes a treasure chest full of inspiration.

Hidden spot at the coast.

The Costa Brava seems with its bizarre beauty like a rough diamond, on which the light refracts as if you would look trough a colorful kaleidoscope. You only have to glance at the Cap de Creus or the endless beaches of the region. The motionless silhouette of the Pyrenees is framing the sea like a sleeping giant – clouds pass across the sky like the blow of a breath. You can hear the ghosts of the past whisper in romantic mountain villages like Oix or Setcasa or you can just lose yourself in one of the many beautiful coastal towns.

Spectacular view from the gardens of Cap Roig.

The Costa Brava is mostly known as a holiday paradise for families and young people, but it can also be seen as a perfect example for yonder frenetic, multi-faceted artist’s life, Salavdor Dalí was living – when you follow his track along the coast and visit his residence in Portlligat or his museum in Figueres, it‘s obvious, that many of his works are inspired by the nature and that Cadaqués was the place, where he could hang onto his dreams.There‘s hardly a place on earth where it‘s easier to free your spirit and it‘s worthwhile to go off the beaten track of the travelers and to search for your own sources of inspiration – you will be surprised how many secrets are waiting to be brought to life.