Expominer 2006 - Barcelona

Expominer 2006

Expominer 2006

Expominer 2006

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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. Like many other people who visit Barcelona each year, I think that it is a beautiful, pleasant and appealing city that deserves a visit, either to see this show or just 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 some years ago, mainly due to its popularity, we were moved into one of the more 'noble' pavilions - Palacio 5. During the last years we did even better as the importance of the show meant that we got 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 Màgica' (magical fountain). A really wonderful magical location!

On top of the increase in worldwide 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.

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 2007 you will find that neither the show nor the city will disappoint you.


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As we always say this show has both the mineralogical attraction and the location in which it is held.
In these photos you can see a panorama of the city from the Show grounds, the long queues waiting to enter, and the entrance with the neat poster. Inside the show they built an Arab area, where one could relax and have tea and the great cakes they made available.

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This year we were in an excellent location, at the front of the main aisle, right next to the entrance and with a larger area than in previous years. It all went well at this location, so we hope to be back there next year. Our clients also said that they liked the new location. As you can see in the right hand photo, the well known collectors José Miguel Elvira from Euskadi and Martí Rafel from Barcelona seem to be showing their interest in our material.

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As happens every year, the show not only deals in minerals, there are other activities that add to the visit. In these photos you can see the florescence tunnel which was new this year and very heavily visited. In the others you can see a demonstration of polishing and the, always popular, opening of geodes. What will the contain? Will they be empty? Will it be great?

We cannot but report the great response that the minerals seems to awaken among the inhabitants of Barcelona. Thanks to all our visitors - see you next year!

If you want to know more about the show use this link to the report (wrote in Spanish) that Miguel Calvo, Lluís Mendieta and Carles Curto has added to our forum

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