iberianbear returned to the Peninsula today to spend a few days with his family in Altorricón in the province of Huesca, Aragón, España. Since he had a couple of hours before his bus was ready to leave, we met at Plaça Catalunya and headed over to Il Caffè di Roma for coffee and snacks.
It was very busy in Plaça Catalunya as today is Sant Jordi’s Day. On the Iberian peninsula, Saint George as he is known in English, is considered as patron to the Crown of Aragón and Catalunya, Valencia and Mallorca.
Today is an important holiday in Catalunya, where it is traditional to give a rose and a book to a friend or loved one. This, together with the anniversary of the deaths, in 1616, of Cervantes and Shakespeare, has led UNESCO to declare April 23 World Book and Copyright Day.
The streets were filled with make-shift booths selling books and roses. A bookstore close to Il Caffè di Roma looked like Punto BCN on a Wednesday night. There were even live radio and TV broadcasts in Plaça Catalunya along with live bands playing.
Iberianbear at Il Caffè di Roma
Iberianbear chatting about his recent adventures.
I hadn’t seen Iberianbear since his last trip here several months ago. A lot has happened in the meantime and he promises to post after he returns to the US.
Iberianbear sipping an iced-coffee at Il Caffè di Roma.
I had one of these iced-coffee drinks that they named the Venetian and thought it was quite tasty with its real whipped cream, so Iberianbear had one as well.