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Wonderful tour through the remnants of old Jewish Barcelona with much more....

Dominique planned an informative trip. The tour began with a sudden and intense downpour. Dominque... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Fabulous, informative, passionate!

Well worth your time and money...Dominique is informed, opinionated and passionate about the topic... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dominique planned an informative trip. The tour began with a sudden and intense downpour. Dominque was ready with a small bus to begin the tour of Barcelona with great concentration on the local architecture. Once we were ready for the walking tour of the old Jewish quarter, the weather had changed and we were ready for the substantial amount of information, insight and current work that Dominque shared with us. She works tirelessly to help remember the people who once lived and died in Barcelona.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth your time and money...Dominique is informed, opinionated and passionate about the topic and dedicated advocate of the past, present and future place of Jews in Barcelona...if you are interested in the subject, you won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dominique was a delightful and informative tour guide. Despite the fact that Jews were expelled from Spain over 500 years ago, Dominique brought their history to life. It was also interesting to hear about the current state of affairs for the Jewish community. I would highly recommend Dominique and her tour.

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Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Dominique was very knowledgeable about the history of the Jewish community and important sites in Barcelona, and has worked tirelessly to advocate for formal recognition of important Jewish historical sites (such as street name changes) by the local government. I enjoyed the tour thoroughly.

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Reviewed October 9, 2018

This tour is a must for everyone!! You miss the important details that explain the lost culture and Dominique is so knowledgeable that you understand so much by the time the tour is over. The Jewish quarter is a maze and you will not know where to look without her expert guidance. The Call was home to a vibrant community that comes back to life as Dominique draws on her knowledge of the medieval community and notables of long ago Barcelona. It was the most enjoyable tour of my trip.

Thank Eta S
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

We were in Barcelona July 2018. The tour was very fascinating as the Jewish history in this region is different than the rest of Spain. Myself being a history buff, Dominique provided lots of information that I had no idea about. From a Jewish perspective, it was the highlight of Barcelona. The tour focuses around the Gothic area (old part of city).

Thank Littlar
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

I took this tour for the second time (first time ten years ago). Dominique is very knowledgeable and passionate about Jewish history and preservation in Barcelona. Those taking the tour should note that there is not a lot to see as most Jewish buildings not longer exist. However, Dominique brings them to life with her vivid descriptions and architects eye.

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Reviewed August 8, 2018

Knowing that there is very little visible evidence of Jewish life in Barcelona dating back over a thousand years, Dominique does a good job describing the life and conditions Jews lived through. She does show you the relevant locations and artifacts that remain. I found it engaging and Dominique is very passionate on making people aware of the history of Jewish Spain and in its future.

Thank JSB611
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Reviewed August 4, 2018

Dominique is the ideal tour guide, since preserving and showcasing Jewish Barcelona is not just a job - it is her life's passion. She leads small groups, which are personalised, so that everyone is involved in the tour and her enthusiasm for what she is doing is infectious. Even though Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492 and there were no Jews living in Barcelona until modernity, she has managed to unearth as much as is possible from the landscape of medieval Jewish Barcelona and she takes visitors on that fascinating journey. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

There are certain things that you need to know if you are taking this tour.

On the positive side, the tour guide Dominique is very passionate about keeping the Jewish culture alive in Barcelona. It comes through in the way she speaks about it. Dominique should be commended for that.

On the neutral side, there is very little to see. That is not Dominique’s fault - it is unfortunately representative of Spanish Jewry - and had we known that we still would have done the tour as we would be happy to learn anything about the Jewish community, even if the story is short and the sites are few.

On the negative side, It is 2.5 hours of non-stop standing (with max a couple of minutes of walking in between) and even though Dominique has been doing this tour for 20 years she hasn’t caught on to the fact that people can’t stand and be spoken at for that long. We are all in our 40s and in good shape and our backs were breaking. Dominique would be wise to ask people to sit on the steps or lean against a wall or even stop midway through in a cafe (there are a few of them in the location of the tour).

The second point I will make is that Dominique does very little to paint a picture of what everyday Jewish life was like in Barcelona. She has the knowledge and the ability to do that, she just needs to adjust her storytelling to incorporate those types of elements that would be of greater interest to the average person. It felt as if she was speaking to a masters level university class and I got lost in her narrative. My broken back from standing probably didn’t help.

1  Thank Adventurer631760
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Dominique T, Manager at Jewish Barcelona Urban Cultours, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your impressions with other travelers. This is also useful for me to find ways of improvement. Standing long can be very taxing and I am very sorry that you could not enjoy the experience. If you visited in the last couple of weeks, very high temperatures added to the discomfort. I had thought about how to reduce the standing and there is still no clear solution. Because the small neighborhood and the itinerary will basically be the same. Suggestions are welcome. One thing I will do is to add this information to my first reply: "this Walk is like a 'museum visit' with long stops (12 to 14 as an average) in front of a piece. While pace is easy, sitting is only sometimes available on door stoops, planters and the like, You may want to consider a folding stool as an excellent travel companion." When I am made aware of mobility issues I have offered private 'mostly sitting' programs, reducing standing substantially. I have always tried to accommodate to different requests (sitting, water, wash room), something that is obviously easier in private programs. Regarding contents, while I do give multiple information and refer to elements about our life then (and now), I do not have the skills of a writer. Nonetheless, as an architect, I share the history I learned in a non-academic way, offering more situations and less exact dates, making it accessible to people all ages and backgrounds. You can find additional information to the narrative in the radio interviews (on Radio Sefarad) that will be included in my coming Holidays' Greetings (about the Jewish community in the Middle Ages and in the 20th century), and on my Facebook page.

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