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El Mallorquin and Barcelona
Chopin reaches Barcelona, after dramatic sea journey on the ship "El Mallorquin". George Sand writes a letter to François Rollinat: "After coming to Palma [from Valldemossa] Chopin started to spit blood awfully; next day we boarded the only steam ship which runs from the island, it fetches pigs to Barcelona. […] Incessant squeal and loathsome odour would not let the diseased to have a rest or breathe with fresh air. He reached Barcelona after having spat out a bowl of blood, staggering as an apparition." Chopin spends a week in Barcelona, under the medical supervision of physician Jacques Hubert Coste.
Barcelona was the second stop in the travel with George Sand and her children to Majorca in 1838. Travelers reached Barcelona from Perpignan on November 2, and they stayed in the Inn "Cuatro Naciones" at the 35 la Rambla Street (present 40). The 5 days spent in the capital of Catalonia were dedicated to sightseeing and visiting the Cathedral of Saint Eulalia and its vicinity, Barrio Gotico – gothic district of the old town and the ruins of the inquisition’s house. At least one evening was spent in the Teatro Principal. On November 7, they boarded the ship "El Mallorquin" and they sailed to Majorca. The second stay in Barcelona on their way back from Majorca unfortunately had a completely different nature than the first one. Chopin reached Barcelona on February 14, 1839, after dramatic sea journey on the ship "El Mallorquin". More information:
  • Barcelona, La Rambla (steel engraving, brothers Rouargue based on their own drawing) – KALEIDOSCOPE

  • Chopin in Barcelona (article) – Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Barcelona (in Polish/Spanish)

  • Travesía en el Mallorquín de Juan Cortada en 1845 (article) – BALEARWEB.NET

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Barcelona was the second stop in the travel with George Sand and her children to Majorca in 1838. Travelers reached Barcelona from Perpignan on November 2, and they stayed in the Inn "Cuatro Naciones" at the 35 la Rambla Street (present 40). The 5 days spent in the capital of Catalonia were dedicated to sightseeing and visiting the Cathedral of Saint Eulalia and its vicinity, Barrio Gotico – gothic district of the old town and the ruins of the inquisition’s house. At least one evening was spent in the Teatro Principal. On November 7, they boarded the ship "El Mallorquin" and they sailed to Majorca. The second stay in Barcelona on their way back from Majorca unfortunately had a completely different nature than the first one. Chopin reached Barcelona on February 14, 1839, after dramatic sea journey on the ship "El Mallorquin".

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