New Teachers on Barcelona Walking Tour–Photos

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Teachers on tour in Raval

This morning, Las Chicas joined a few new and veteran teachers on a short walking tour of La Rambla, Raval, Barri Gotic, Born and Barcenoletta. Que suerte, one new teacher is former Barcelona tour guide! Dolores provided new insights into all things from all eras of Barcelona, from the Roman village to modernist designs and 20th century urban renewal. Mary was riveted when Dolores told of  the 19th century architect whose new urban design for the expanding city  opened up the narrow streets to light and air by literally cutting corners and making intersections larger and brighter.

The tour begins with drinking from the Font de Canaletes, which guarantees the drinker will always return to Barcelona.

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More photos of the tour below. The tour ended in typical Spanish style by sitting at a cafe, waiting a long time for coffees and an extra long time for food, so breakfast hour transitioned into lunch hour, allowing another new teacher, who arrived this morning, to join us for refreshments. Squid and octopus challenged Las Chicas who came through in high style fortified by cafe con leche (Mary) and Vichy agua con gas (only the best Catalan bubbly water for Lisa)

The only cut corner in Raval; most are in more upscale neighborhoods.

The only cut corner in Raval; most are in more upscale neighborhoods.

Orphanage turned museum.

Orphanage turned museum.

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Beautiful buildings abound

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Walking the narrow streets of Raval

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Along La Rambla

Along La Rambla

Along La Rambla

Joan Miro mosaic on La Rambla

Joan Miro mosaic on La Rambla

The avenues on either side of this building used to be Roman aqueducts

The avenues on either side of this building used to be Roman aqueducts

Cathedral towers show different styles of architecture from beginning right to end left.

Cathedral towers show different styles of architecture from beginning right to end left.

Marks on old city wall where butchers sharpened knives

Marks on old city wall where butchers sharpened knives

Venetian bridge, a gift from evil Mussolini to evil Franco.

Venetian bridge, a gift from evil Mussolini to evil Franco.

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Fountain view from Barcenoletta cafe at the end of our walk.

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Painting on sheet metal on side of old building in Barri Gotic

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Basque store

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gargoyles

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more gargoyles

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Romanesque church

© 2013 by Lisa Howells and Mary Reynolds. All rights reserved

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