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Spanish Civil War Tour

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bainesaloe wrote a review Oct 23
Edinburgh, United Kingdom21 contributions13 helpful votes
A well thought out tour, linking individual people and their stories to places and objects from the period. A bit focused on class conflict. But the point is not to be a history lecture, but make the past come alive, so that it can be remembered. Nick does this admirably, and performs a great service in doing this.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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HC Dublin wrote a review Oct 10
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There are quite a few walking tours in Barcelona and some touch on the Spanish Civil war a little, but if you really had more than a passing interest in the subject and really wanted to deep dive headlong into that world, then Nick lives and breathes it. As you walk around the sites (and it is more pausing\chatting than clocking up the Kilometres) he deftly covers the full political swamp and all its intrigue that relates to all of the militant groups, Trade unions, comrades and enemies. It was a busy swamp, but Nick guides you through the mesmerising detail as you walk you become aware of the events in time as to where you are standing. He does not try to “dumb it down” but neatly moves from facts to the more emotive aspects of the war in Barcelona. As you stand in certain locations he brings the past alive, you listen to the story unfold and you are there… you are in 1936. You are trying to sleep in the hottest night of the year wondering what is coming next. As if to suck you into it, he even has a magic bag full of old paraphernalia to put human stories and perspective on what happened. Worth touching and holding the past in like this, as it all comes alive. For me, of particular note was the story of Francesc Boix, of which Nick is a key advocate in spreading Francesc ‘s story and memory. I won’t give it all away… so you have to go and listen and go … WOW !! … Just WOW!! From Nick quoting full on passages from “Homage to Catalonia” (In Orwell’s very own posh accent!) to snaking around the Gothic quarter, revealing stories, I would highly recommend the walking tour. At the end of it, if it whets your appetite, you can get a signed copy of his book on the subject …. But by then you also have the memory of what he shows you and it all comes together nicely. A fantastic way to spend a few hours and if you consider you’d be none the wiser about the area having done the Barcelona bus tour, with Nick’s Spanish Civil War tour, you will certainly be full on the wiser and the better for it. Go for it …
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Jonny B wrote a review Jul 2021
Oxford, United Kingdom1 contribution
Excellent tour and Nick's depth and breadth of knowledge was excellent. He has adapted his tour to be fully Covid safe. We are not civil war experts and didn't feel overwhelmed.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Manuel F wrote a review Jul 2021
Madrid, Spain1 contribution
I went with my girlfriend, it was really horrible, boring, I don't understand the good comments, the whole group I think we were really disappointed
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Nick wrote a review Jul 2020
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Some time ago, I took a Spanish civil war tour with Nick. It was top class. Nick has a deep knowledge and appreciation of Spanish history and is a passionate storyteller. The objects and mementos he carrys help bring immediacy and life to the conflict. The political leanings are definitely to the left, but he gives a fair hearing to all sides of the conflict. This tour is a must for all history buffs who visit Barcelona.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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