• Barcelona – Pixar Comes to Town

    by  • March 2, 2015 • Barcelona, Children, City Breaks, Exhibitions

    Catch Pixar’s Final 25th Anniversary Celebration with a Family-Friendly City Break in Barcelona.

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    For years now Pixar Animations have entertained and delighted both children and adults alike with their brilliant films and short spin offs. Children have grown up with Woody, Buzz, Sully and Mike, been captivated by Cars and marvelled at the underwater adventures in Finding Nemo. And since 2005, a worldwide touring exhibition – Pixar: 25 Years of Animation – has allowed families to discover more about their favourite Pixar characters, from Remy the rat in Ratatouille and Russell the boy scout in Up, to Messrs Incredible and Frederickson.

    Indeed, starting off at the MoMA in New York at the end of 2005, the exhibition has literally covered the four corners of the globe, visiting London, Edinburgh and Helsinki, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Korea, Melbourne and Mexico. It then arrived in mainland Europe where its host cities have included Milan, Mantua, Bonn, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid and Zaragoza.

    Now in its final venue, the CaixaForum in Barcelona, here is your final opportunity to visit this fascinating homage to the world of Pixar. Running until May 3rd, this intriguing backstage tour features over 500 original artworks on loan from the Pixar Animation Studios in California detailing the stories, creative processes and techniques involved in bringing together some of the most famous and successful animation films ever produced, including Toy Story, Monsters Inc, The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and Up.

    The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 8pm and entrance costs a mere 4€ per person with children under 16 free of charge!

    Barcelona itself is a fabulous place for a family city break and the best place to start is with the hop-on, hop-off tourist bus, stopping at all the major sites. Of course, you’ll want to see the fantastical architecture of Gaudí in the form of the Sagrada Família, La Pedrera and Parc Güell and you’ll also want to include the memorable buzz of the iconic Rambla. For another thrill, why not take the cable car up to Montjüic to see the fabulous Magic Fountain on the Plaça Espanya? Or head down to Port Vell where you’ll find the brilliant L’Aquàrium, home to Europe’s largest sea tunnel?

    And when little legs get weary, not only do you have the beaches of Barceloneta and the Olympic Village, but you could also head for Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona’s most central park and home to a wide number of attractions including the Parc Zoologic, the Martorell and Natural History Museums, as well as a tranquil boating lake, fountains and a life-size replica of a mammoth!

    About

    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.