Expominer 2004 - Barcelona

Expominer 2004

The "Font Màgica" just outside the show hall
is one of the more attractive tourist attractions in Barcelona.

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Barcelona is the city where I was born and where I still live and work. So it is no surprise that I speak so highly of both the city and Expominer, the mineral show that is held each year in the Montjuic convention center, Barcelona. I hope that the photos that we have taken show that my comments are not too exaggerated. Like many other people who visit the Barcelona each year, I think that it is a beautiful, pleasant and appealing city that deserves a visit, either to see this show or to get to know the city.

Expominer is held every November and has steadily got better and better. It started many years ago in one of the first halls of the exhibition center and was then moved to a rather unpleasant metal hanger. Then a few years ago, mainly due to its popularity, we were moved into one of the more 'noble' pavilions - Palacio 5. This year we did even better as the importance of the show meant that we were given one of the very best pavilions - Palacio 6, which is large, spacious, functional, and at the same time very beautiful and just opposite the famous 'Font Magica' (magical fountain). A really wonderful magical location!

On top of the increase in dealers there was also a significant increase in the number of visitors, so, while the mineral collecting hobby in Spain is still not that significant, we believe that Expominer has become an important mineral show with many international dealers and a good selection of minerals. As the heirs of the great collector from Barcelona, Joaquín Folch i Girona, we have managed to create in Catalonia and Spain a significant interest in minerals and we hope that in the near future the show will become one important one in Europe. All I have to do now is thank all those who have, year after year, helped make the show a success and wish that future Expominer shows are even better than this year's

We believe that if you have the chance to join us next year at Expominer 2005 you will find that neither the show nor the city will disappoint you.


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This is the area where the show is held, with Plaza España in the foreground and the Tibidabo hill behind. You can see one of the huge posters that promoted the show, views of the Palace of Montjuic, and the entrance to the show, in the magnificent Palace number 6.

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Inside the show itself there were all sorts of things to see, from opening of geodes to the reproduction of the jaws of giant fossils. As you can see in the general view, the show is spacious, comfortable, and one can see the gleam in the eyes of the children that is created by so many wonderful things.

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Our stand, where collectors had the chance to view, and maybe buy, specimens that they had always wanted to find. At the end of the show we organized a small party, during which the minerals sold and the prices paid were less important than the celebration of the good times that these desirable inert objects give us all. As part of this we had a fantastic home baked chocolate cake (thanks Carme), lots of non-alcoholic drinks and time to allow us to enjoy them.

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