A full day, here’s how it went.
Firstly got to say, the Barri Gotic area of Barcelona where I’m staying is marvellous. Central, charming, gothic & interesting. I woke to a simple but lovely breakfast with my hosts Ron & Tadaaki. A quick wardrobe change & I was out on La Rambla which is exactly 1.2 kilometres long and nearly everyone who visits Barcelona walks along it. La Rambla was laid out in 1766, following the contours of the medieval city walls that had bounded this part of Barcelona since the 13th century.
The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria, is a large public market in the Ciudad Vieja district of Barcelona & only 100m from my accommodation and one of the city's foremost tourist landmarks. It’s not cheap! But it’s amazing to visit!
Then just 5 minutes away I visited the Palau Güell mansion which was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí for the industrial tycoon Eusebi Güell and built between 1886 and 1888. It is situated on the Carrer Nou de la Rambla, in the El Raval neighbourhood of the city of Barcelona.
Beer o’clock so headed to the Placa Reial. This square is so beautiful, it's no wonder it was named "royal" (reial Catalan for royal). The elegant ambiance of the Plaça Reial is accentuated by a fountain, streetlamps and palm trees, and it is one of Barcelona's best-loved porticoed square. I loved it!
Strolling again & exploring this quarter was brilliant. The shopping amazing! Churros & hot chocolate for arvo tea before getting ready for my evening at Casa Batllo (House of Bones). Sadly the rooftop concert with Reyko was cancelled due to rain but I still thoroughly enjoyed viewing the Gaudí designed casa.