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.
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)
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