My Life - So Far

"Unbounded ambition makes an obscure existence simply impossible for me"
Lucien de Rubempré

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Barcelona IV

Barcelona offers a unique opportunity for tourists on foot to walk from Roman remains to the medieval city, and then to the modern city with its open thoroughfares and grid-iron street pattern. It indeed looks like those american cities from the aiplane.
The historic city center is fairly flat, while the modern city fans out towards the surrounding hills, bordered by steep streets that are vaguely reminiscent of those found in San Francisco.

A notable place to go is La Rambla, a boulevard that runs from the city center to the waterfront, packed with crowds until late at night and lined by craft sellers, street entertainers, cafeterias, and restaurants.
La Rambla ends at the old harbour, where a statue of Christopher Columbus points eastwards across the Mediterranean Sea to his birth place of Genova.
Barcelona's largest leisure and shopping destination called Maremagnum is located at Port Vell at the waterfront. There you can enjoy the sea view from a restaurant or from one of the many caffes. We went eating in an italian restaurant providing breath taking views of the beautiful sunset... I'm sorry, I can't remember the name...

Above: Las Arenas de Barcelona


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