Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Home away from home: Hotel Zenit 4* in Barcelona, May 21 and 22.

Welcome to Barcelona!

Our travelers from Providence College will arrive to Spain on May 21 to the city of Barcelona, where they will stay for 2 nights at the comfortable and modern 4* Zenit Barcelona Hotel.

This hotel has been recently and totally refurbished, and is now fully equipped with all technologies and commodities to offer a service of the highest quality in Barcelona.  

The 71 rooms of the Zenit Barcelona Hotel are fully soundproofed with double glazing, and sound and temperature control.
They feature, among others:
* Full bathroom suite with hairdryer and magnifying mirror.
* Air conditioning and central heating
* International Channels
* Telephone with direct line
* Free Wi-Fi
* Safe
* Your choice of pillow

The hotel delicious buffet breakfast is served in the Mediterrània Restaurant. They also offer a special gluten free breakfast.  

A few metres from the Zenit Hotel Barcelona you can find the famous Avenida Diagonal, Barcelona’s main artery where you can find a pleasant shopping area full of premium brand establishments. It is only a few minutes from Plaza de Catalunya and from Las Ramblas.

We are sure that this Incantato choice hotel will provide a great rest and a warm and welcoming beginning of your upcoming Spain Performance Tour.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Home away from home: Hotel Alfonso VI in Toledo, on May 26 and 27

During their time in Toledo, capital of the land of Don Quixote Castilla-La Mancha, the Providence College travelers will stay at Toledo Alfonso VI 4* Hotel.

The Alfonso VI hotel crowns the middle of the Old City of Toledo, by the Royal Alcazar and the Zocodover main square.

Next to the Cathedral, views from most rooms will show the magnificent Cathedral as well as the Los Cigarrales surroundings area, with the very specific landscape of Toledo hills.

The style of the hotel is Castilian, with wood, stone and armors used in old medieval times. Toledo is world famous due to the excellent quality of armors and swords, which still nowadays are produced for different armies and collectors around the world.

Recently restored and refurbished, this accommodation surprises by offering a Castilian style decor, with wood and stone, though modern and comfortable.

The rooms at the Hotel Alfonso VI have TV, air conditioning, piped music, heating, free Wi-Fi. There is  Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel. All rooms have marble bathrooms.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Incantato Performance venue: Dominican Basilica of Our Lady of Atocha, Tuesday 28 May - 8 pm: Holy Mass and Choral Concert.

The Providence College Choir will be featured choir on the Royal Basilica of Our Lady of Atocha, where they will sing during Holy Mass, and they will offer a Choral Concert at 8pm, on Tuesday 28 May.

Our Lady of Atocha is the Patron of the Royal House of Spain, Custodian of the Dominicans.

The Royal Basilica of Our Lady of Atocha or Real Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Atocha is one of the three basilica churches in Madrid.
The buildings on the site have a long history. There was a the shrine to Our Lady of Atocha, a Spanish contraction for “Theotokos”, meaning “Mother of God,” or a simplification of “Antiocha” which in the 12th Century under this title was already ancient and beloved.
Our Lady of Atocha chapel was already in Madrid when there was only a field of reeds and a hermitage. The Moor and the Muslim times came – they respected her and left her alone.
When Toledo was sacked in 1170, she remained there, but at some point some sculptures dissappeared.
The original name "Atocha" refers to a lost sculpture of Our Lady, from this former chapel, which was found among some high grasses, (called Tocha) during the time of the Reconquista.

The parish was entrusted to the Dominican Order in 1523, and still is today.
 In 1525 Charles V brought her his bride and asked her blessing upon their marriage; Don Juan of Austria, departing for the Battle of Lepanto, knelt at her feet and pledged his sword to her; after his victory he sent in thanksgiving his sword to her along with the captured Moorish banners.
Despite all these trappings of the high and wealthy, she still remains Our Lady of all the people, beloved of kings and farmers, such as St Isidore.
In 1863, the temple was elevated to the rank of Basilica by Pius IX

The old church was in disrepair and rebuilt in the 1890s in a Neo-Byzantine style designed by Fernando Arbós y Tremanti. The church was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War and reconstruction completed in 1951.

Atocha is Madrid’s royal shrine: there is not a Spaniard of public importance for a thousand years who would not kneel to ask her help. Her gowns are made from the bridal gowns of queens

Monday, April 22, 2013

Incantato performance venue: Providence College Choir will perform Holy Mass at Santa Catalina Convent - Barcelona, Wednesday May 22, 8:00 pm

Our travelers from the Providence College Choir will start their Incantato performance Tour in Spain in the city of Barcelona, where they will perform Holy Mass at the Dominican Convent of Santa Catalina, on Wednesday 22, at 8 pm.

The Convent of St. Catherine, Virgin and Martyr, in Barcelona was founded in 1219, and according to tradition, during a stay of Santo Domingo in the city.
The Convent of the Preachers of Barcelona was prompted by the Bishop Berenguer of Palou (Bishop of Barcelona between 1212 and 1241).

First Convent site memorial (monastir.cat)
 Returning from Rome and passing through Bologna, the bishop came into contact with the Dominicans and requested the establishment of a Convent in Barcelona. Those efforts were successful and in 1219 the first Dominicans arrived to the city. The location of the first Community of Preachers was in the Jewish quarter (now Carrer de Sant Domènech 39; at the Call old quarter). They settled in some houses in the neighborhood, and made use of the nearby church of Sant Jaume (in the square of this name, and no longer existing), for liturgical celebrations.

In 1221 a bull of Pope Honorius III, asked the Bishop Berenguer to care for the Preachers that were arrivng into the city.  
Saint Ramon of Penyafort, Cathedral of Barcelona (monastir.cat)
In 1223 it became necessary to build a new convent more spacious. King James I favored the initiative and, with the help of many citizens, built a magnificent Gothic building, right in the current Plaza de Santa Catalina.

This Convent became a great center of evangelization, with great social and cultural influence in Catalonia until 1835, when it was sold off and demolished. The Community of the Dominicans was restored in 1889, and since the beginning of s. XX was at Bailen street and Marc Ausiàs.
This Community is a continuation of a long tradition of over 800 years, with such prominent figures as Saint Ramon de Penyafort, Saint Francis Gil de Frederich or Exart Lluis Beat, among others.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Home away from home: Hotel Torremangana in Cuenca, 25 May

Cuenca is an enchanting and unique city in the castilian spanish region, where our Providence College travelers will be hosted in the 4-star Hotel Torremangana for their stay from Saturday 25 until Sunday 26 of May.

Located in front of one beautiful park and leisure area of Cuenca, by the riverside of the Jucar and next to Cuenca old town, the Hotel Torremangana will provide a wonderful and relaxing rest to our travelers.

The hotel has 119 rooms, all of them fully equipped with free Wi-fi access, satellite TV, work desk area, safe deposit box and a spacious bathroom fully equiped with hair dryer.

The garden area and terrace will provide a nice and fresh environment, perfect in the middle of the Providence College Choir performance Tour.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Home away from home: Hotel NH Avenidas in Madrid, 28 May until departure.

Dear travelers,

During your stay in the vibrant city of Madrid, you will be staying at the Incantato selected hotel NH Parque de las Avenidas****.

This modern 4-stars hotel is located in the chic Salamanca neighborhood near the Las Ventas bullring, and
spans a large area of 400 square meters as well as a pleasant garden and terrace measuring over 900 square meters.

The comfortable and contemporary 20-square-meter rooms feature a modern style elegantly presented in warm colors with chic wood floors. All beds feature stylish headboards and super-thick, 32-centimeter mattresses for a superior rest. 

Rooms are equipped with all the amenities you need to feel at home during you business and pleasure travel, including a desk and comfortable chair, upholstered bench, wireless Internet access, individually controlled air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe, Satellite TV, bathtub, hairdryer, and soundproof windows. 

 NH Parque Avenidas hotel in Madrid boasts a swimming pool, a garden, and tennis courts for ours guests' enjoyment---plus free WiFi in our hotel lobby. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Home away from home: Hotel Barceló in Valencia, 23 and 24 May

The Providence College travelers will spend the nights of May 23 and 24 at the Barceló Hotel**** in Valencia city.

Situated in the very heart of new Valencia, in the City of Arts and Sciences, opposite the recently opened Palacio de las Artes and just a few minutes from the historical old quarters and monuments, the Barceló Valencia**** provides easy access to all the leisure and business possibilities this modern dynamic city has to offer, which at the same time preserves all its former glory and tradition.

Being in one of the most modern and attractive areas of the city of Valencia, the hotel gives you easy access to all the leisure and business possibilities of Valencia. The hotel is very close to the port and the Palau de la Música (Music Hall).
Also, the Malvarrosa beach and the historic city centre are just 5 minutes away, with the stunning Albufera nature reserve only 10 minutes away. If you are arriving by plane, Valencia Airport is only 20 minutes away.
This 4-star hotel boasts 187 light-filled, spacious rooms,
The hotel also offers you its new and improved free Wi-Fi service and Canal+ satellite TV.
Rooms are equiped with minibar, heating, air conditioning, 26" SAT LCD TV, Wi-Fi internet connection (free), telephone, safe, hairdryer and free gym access.

As well as the excellent gastronomy on offer is the hotel's U-Wellness centre spread over 500 m2 located on the 10th floor with spectacular views of the City of Arts and Sciences. This health and beauty centre offers 4 treatment rooms, gym and a complete water circuit featuring a Finnish sauna, ice booth, pediluvium with cascades, hydromassage beds, pressure jets, activation shower, central aromatherapy shower, Turkish bath and many health and beauty treatments.