Tag Archives: Barcelona

Spain’s Most Visible Jewish Heritage Is Edible.

August 3rd passes largely unnoticed in Barcelona, though down in Huelva Province it’s the last day of a week long festival. It was from there that Columbus set out on August 3, 1492, on his first voyage in search of the Indies. That was a good day or a bad one, depending on your perspective.

In the history of Barcelona, August 5th – today – is a terrible day about which nothing good can be said. It too, goes by unnoticed here, and with good reason. Six centuries ago, on the heels of a violent pogrom that destroyed the entire Jewish community of Seville, Christian mobs took to the streets and wrought the same havoc on the Jewish quarter of Barcelona, that at its peak was home to the largest single Jewish population of the Middle Ages: 4,000 Jews – fifteen percent of the city’s population. Continue reading


Filed under History

Greetings from Barcelona

I’ve landed in Barcelona, blessed with a glorious spring to offset my seriously less than glorious living arrangements (I may not last, and I’m not fussy). The one thing I can’t complain about is the view. We face Montjuic, which reminds me of the hills of Rome only grander, and I explore it every day before I sit down to write. This is what Montjuic looks like now:

Barcelona 004

More from me when the dust settles…

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized