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Old November 3rd, 2011, 02:03 AM   #21
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PART IV
La Rambla: Canaletes to dels Estudis

Plaça de Catalunya gives way to an inevitability of Barcelona - La Rambla. Originally, La Rambla was the river bed (the Latin name 'arenno' was replaced by the Arab word 'ramla') that marked the exterior limits of the city in the 14th century. However, during the 15th century, the city expanded and La Rambla became part of the inner city.

In due course, the river bed was paved over and La Rambla became a busy thoroughfare of significance between the city centre and the seafront. Between the top of La Rambla and the Columbus monument at the eastern end, there are five different parts of the promenade. The first section is that of Rambla de Canaletes, named after the respective fountain.

From La Rambla, I ventured off in to the side streets of the Barri Gotic, Barcelona's old town. A maze of winding alleyways and busier passageways randomly emerge into squares, often marked with an important building, the largest of which is Plaça Nova and the prominent Cathedral.































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Old November 3rd, 2011, 02:06 AM   #22
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 08:06 PM   #24
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Amazing pictures of the Barcelona old city center
Thanks for sharing!
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 09:08 PM   #25
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Thanks very much! Glad you like.
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 10:00 PM   #26
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wow! another great photo series.
indeed, a great coverage of a wonderful city and I really enjoy looking at them.
thanks and thanks for the short history of La Rambla.
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Old November 4th, 2011, 01:05 AM   #27
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wow! another great photo series.
indeed, a great coverage of a wonderful city and I really enjoy looking at them.
thanks and thanks for the short history of La Rambla.
Thanks mate! Glad you like the update. La Rambla's history sure was interesting to read for the first time.
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Old November 4th, 2011, 05:24 AM   #28
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Yum, yum bubble gum - you are so lucky to live so close to all of these wonderful cities. I am dying to visit BCN and your pics have enticed me even more Fabulous as always mate.
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I LOVE IT!!!!
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Old November 4th, 2011, 06:49 AM   #30
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Great tour Bristol Mike! Will there be new chapters? I sure hope so!
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Old November 4th, 2011, 10:35 PM   #31
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Yum, yum bubble gum - you are so lucky to live so close to all of these wonderful cities. I am dying to visit BCN and your pics have enticed me even more Fabulous as always mate.
It's great living in Europe. Though expense is still an issue, especially as a student haha. I highly recommend it - it's a fantastic city. I'm sure you'll love future updates. Cheers mate.

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Thanks a lot! There will be many more chapters. One coming later when I have photobucket sorted out.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 02:28 AM   #32
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PART V
La Rambla: Rambla de Sant Josep

Having arrived back at Rambla dels Estudis, the name of which derives from the 16th century university, we move on to Rambla de Sant Josep. This part contains a number of attractive buildings, not least the Liceu opera house. Deceptively small from the front, it is apparently very spacious on the inside.

It's not far down this section of La Rambla, past the interesting mimes along the way, that we then venture off again in the Barri Gotic, along Carrer Ferran to Plaça Sant Jaume. This square is faced by the Palau de la Generalitat to the west and Casa de la Ciutat-Ajuntament. Both civic buildings, this square was not as busy as others due to lack of recreational activities.



























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Old November 5th, 2011, 02:30 AM   #33
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Hope you enjoyed. In the next update I will go slightly further afield from Barcelona.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 05:22 AM   #34
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Thanks again for these pictures of the gothic area
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Old November 5th, 2011, 02:39 PM   #36
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Old November 6th, 2011, 01:10 AM   #37
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PART VI
Tossa de Mar: Old Town

Going further afield this time, I show Tossa de Mar.

Tossa is a delightful Catalan town up the coast from Barcelona - by approximately 100km along the Costa Brava. In fact, it's about the same distance north of Barcelona as it is south from the French border. The town is split in two - the Old and New Town. As history goes, I'll start with the fantastic Old Town.

The "Vila Vella enceinte" is the only example of a fortified medieval town still standing on the Catalan coast. Its current appearance dates back to the end of the 14th century. It still has the entire original perimeter with battlemented stone walls, four turrets and three cylindrical towers with parapets. At the highest point, where the lighthouse stands today, was, until the beginning of the 19th century, the castle of the Abbot of the Monastery Santa Maria de Ripoll, the territorial Lord of the town. The site has been declared a national historic monument in 1931.

The interior of the Old Town is a charming place with narrow, cobblestoned streets, the Governor's House (now the Municipal museum), the House of Holy Cloth ("Sant Drap"), a medieval hospital, and remnants of a Romanesque church and a Gothic church.

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I love this seaside town. When visiting Barcelona, I didn't have the opportunity to venture out and wish I could have. Thanks for the pics!
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Hi Having just joined this site, I can help with some more images of Barcelona. We were there in September for a family celebration [ my 60 something birthday!!!] and visited a lot of the sights. For interior shots of the Sagrada Familia visit this link:

http://www.trailertrashaudiovisual.com/gallery.htm
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I love this seaside town. When visiting Barcelona, I didn't have the opportunity to venture out and wish I could have. Thanks for the pics!
Isn't it lovely. It's definitely worth venturing that way if and when you're next in Barcelona. Thanks.

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Hi Having just joined this site, I can help with some more images of Barcelona. We were there in September for a family celebration [ my 60 something birthday!!!] and visited a lot of the sights. For interior shots of the Sagrada Familia visit this link:

http://www.trailertrashaudiovisual.com/gallery.htm
Fantastic. Are you going to set up a thread of Barcelona? If so, looking forward to it. I didn't go inside the Sagrada Familia this time as the queues were horrendously long, but thanks for the link!
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