Tag Archives: Destination Catalonia

March 4, 2011

Barcelona Architecture Quiz

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How many famous buildings can you name from our Barcelona graphic?

Bonus points if you can name the architects.

The first participant to answer all of the buildings correctly will win a Barcelona graphic tee! Post your answer in the comment section to be eligible. The winner will be selected on Monday, so start guessing now!

Hint:  At least two are from well-known architect we’ve been talking about all week.

Check back Monday for the answers.

For a fun weekend activity, how many famous buildings can you name from our Barcelona graphic? Today on our blog, one of our designers wrote about this fun graphic tee and we’d love to see if you can name the buildings and/or architects featured.  The first participant to answer all of the buildings correctly will win a Barcelona Graphic tee! Please visit our blog [link here] and post your answer in the comment section to be eligible.  The winner will be selected on Monday, so start guessing now!

Gaudi’s Hanging Weights

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Tea’s El Arquitecto Tee

How cool is this? Antoni Gaudí used an innovative method of hanging weights on strings to figure out the arches for his design of Sagrada Família. This ingenuity inspired our El Arquitecto Tee. Check out those arches.

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We even got the writing from a real-life architect – Matt Hutchinson.  Who also happens to be married to our VP of design, Laura Boes. Check out the Gaudi-like chain sculpture we made during our photo shoot. It can be seen on page 17 of our Spring catalog. You can view it here in the catalog section of our website.

Gaudi Chain sculpture (Tea version)

March 3, 2011

Gaudi’s Sagrada Família Construction

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(Tea’s Construction Graphic Tee)

Sagrada Família is a Roman Catholic church being built in Barcelona, Spain.  It was designed by famous Catalan Architect Antoni Gaudí.  It is a UNESCO world heritage site and when it’s finished being built it will be the tallest church in the world.

Sagrada Família has been under construction for over 120 years; many people from Catalonia don’t believe it will ever be finished.  It made me curious if it was the world’s longest construction project.  I did some research and  Sagrada Família didn’t make the list – probably because it’s not actually finished yet.  If it’s completed by its expected date of 2026, it would have taken 144 years to complete putting it in 7th place.  Originally it was expected to take much longer, up to 400 years, but with the advances in technology have greatly improved the construction process.

It always amazes me that they could build all these beautiful ridiculous buildings without our modern technology.

Here’s the top ten longest construction projects:

10. The Coliseum in Rome, Italy (10 years)

9. Parthenon in Athenia Acropolis, Greece (17 years)

8. The Great Pyrimid of Giza in Giza Necropolis, Egypt (20 years)

7. Sacayhuamán near Cusco, Peru (63 years)

6. York Minster Cathedral, York, England (252 years)

5. Chichen Itza in Yucatán, Mexico (400 years)

4. Angkor Wat in Angkor Cambodia (418 years)

3. Petra in Ma’an Governorate, Jordan (850 years)

2. Stonehendge in Wiltshire, England (1600 years)

1. The Great Wall of China on China’s norther boarder (2000 year)

from askmen.com

February 10, 2011

Spain and Chocolate

 

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One of my favorite things to do when traveling is try and stock up on various local sweets and chocolate.  Spain first began consuming chocolate in the 1600s, after conquering the Aztecs in the Americas, and discovering the cocoa bean. It’s rumored that the first official recipe for chocolate emerged in 1644 by Antonia Colmenero in the book A Curious Treatise of the Nature and Quality of Chocolate:

  • 100 cacao beans
  • 2 chiles (black pepper may be substituted)
  • a handful of anise
  • “ear flower”
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 ounces cinnamon
  • 12 almonds or hazelnuts
  • pound sugar
  • achiote to taste

Chocolate in Spain has evolved since then, and now is often served hot, and with churros on the side.

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photo by Lisa at spicy ice cream

 

Not being in Spain ourselves, we at Tea are big fans of Vosges‘s Barcelona Bar – which we can buy just down the street. It may be made in the USA, but the almonds, sea salt, and rich chocolate are all reminiscent of Spain.

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February 7, 2011

Yosigo

We love these ocean surf images by Yosigo, a young Spanish photographer:

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To see more of his work check out his website here.