A stone house in Mallorca, Spain

This 200-year-old two-story town house, once a wine cellar, is in Binissalem, a village famous for its wine-making in Mallorca, Spain.

The owner is selling the property for 1,150,000 EUROS ($1.57 MILLION). Someone of my followers is up for it?

Anyway,  you can have a view of the house in the picture show on the nytimes.




Dani Plou Martí practicing Thai Chi in the City Hall of Barcelona. He is trying to calm himself down minutes before to get married on 11/11/2011. Congratulations to Cris and Dani.


Longing to feel rooted in nature

Not far from the Andalusian village of Casares in Andalucia, Chris and Lisa Stone have their mountainside vacation home. The couple asked the American architect John Onken to create a home that merged with its natural surroundings. No trees felled or large rock outcropping were to be removed, and they  wanted their home to resemble a pueblo blanco in miniature.

They got it, and it has been a pleasure to visit them on a nice Autumnal day. See the slide show

The Last Bullfight

José Tomás in the Monumental Arena, Barcelona, September 25, 2011

The first bullfight in Catalonia took place in the 14th century; the last one was on September 25th.  Once deeply-rooted in this region of northeastern Spain, the spectacle of the corrida has succumbed largely to Catalan nationalist politics, as well as animal-rights activism and a failure to attract a new generation of young people.  But that Sunday every one of the 19,000 seats in Plaza Monumental was filled, testimony to an abiding passion for bullfighting,  Read more

Iride Fontana: just beauty, no Photoshop

Iride Fontana

Iride came third in the Miss Italia in the World 2011 beauty contest

Iride Fontana is a 21 year old woman from Barcelona, Spain. She is just starting a career in modeling and acting. This portrait is not retouched. I personally don’t like to use Photoshop for retouching portraits and I want to take a stand against extreme Photoshop retouching in advertisements and on the covers of magazines.

Today’s unrealistic idea of what beauty is means that young girls are under even more pressure now than they were a couple of years ago. Airbrushing means that adverts contain completely unattainable and perfect images that no one can live up to in real life. We need to help protect our younger generations from these pressures and we need to make a start by banning airbrushing in adverts aimed at them. I also come from a school of thought that finds beauty in real things. I think imperfection is beautiful.

Let’s have a look at the Scientific Evidence: The Impact of Media Images on Body Image and Behaviours

and please, let me know your opinion about it, Thanks


The Transformation of a Family Home

Joan Badia, Mireia Cerdဠand Pau at home.

Joan and Mireia had grown up in the picturesque Catalonian village of Arbúcies, about 50 miles northeast of Barcelona. After five years of dating decided to move in the ancient family home of him. They asked to Alejandro Saez, an architect in Barcelona how they could renovate the upper three floors and create a roomier home with a contemporary look. You can see the solution on the New York Times

Smoke on the plate

Chef Joan Roca lights sawdust in a small black pipe with a hissing sound. With quick moves, he carefully pumps the smoke onto a plate, under a glass cloche. A strong aroma that brings the idea of fire to one's mind accompanies the aubergine soufflé in a sardine marinade. "The burning beech smoke provokes a reflection on memories related to family gatherings where fire has been present," Joan explains.

El Celler de Can Roca, a restaurant in Girona, Spain, has three Michelin stars and was recently chosen as the second-best restaurant in the world by the British Restaurant magazine. It is pioneering what has become known as emotional cuisine. See the feature gallery online.

A frame house made to live in

Quico Ortega’s home appears to float above the mountain of Montserrat, in Catalonia, north Spain. The house is winner of the Sustainable Architecture Award 5Bav’ 2009. Please, have a look at the slide show on The New York Times.

Francesco Pantaleone’s place in Palermo

FRANCESCO PANTALEONE, a contemporary art dealer, opened the Francesco Pantaleone Contemporary Art Gallery in his place in the Vucciria, a neighborhood in Palermo. The apartment is on the top floor of a 16th-century palazzo that once belonged to the prince of Ramacca.

I was very happy to come back to Palermo and to meet Francesco. Please, see the slideshow on The New York Times

In Ibiza, a House on Stilts

Enrique Polanco’s second home in Ibiza. The design was created by Andrés Jacque to have as minimal an impact as possible on the surrounding landscape.

Here there is the slideshow to see on The New York Times. Thanks Enrique for your hospitality and kindness on the insel.