Oprah takes over Spanish village for 55th birthday bash

June 23rd, 2009 - 2:56 am ICT by John Le Fevre  

Oprah Winfrey Billionaire talk show host Oprah Winfrey has celebrated her 55th birthday by taking over a popular tourist attraction in Barcelona to hold a party for 1700 of her employees and their families.

The queen of US daytime television took over the Poble Espanyol, a reconstruction of a Spanish village with shops, bars and restaurants for her gala bash, which reportedly included concerts and performances by flamenco dancers.

Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia said guests were to spend three days in the northeastern Spanish city before being treated to a 10-day Mediterranean cruise.

They will travel from Barcelona on the Norwegian Gem liner, which has space for 3000 passengers, to Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Malta.

The Chicago Sun Times said last week that Winfrey is paying for everything from transportation to food to “special activities” at a cost of about $US5400 per person.

La Vanguardia said the Barcelona party was part of celebrations to mark Winfrey’s 55th birthday which occurred on January 29 this year.

In 2005, the talk show host, actress, producer and magazine publisher took her staff on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

The Poble Espanyol was built in 1929 on a hill in Barcelona and has 117 buildings, streets and squares that represent different architectural styles from across Spain.

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