Usually I love to go for free walking tours in a new city and I already did a couple. Barcelona was not a new city though. I have been here twice before. So we decided on touring the area near our hotel which happened to be La Ribera and the Gothic Quarter.
We started with breakfast a Bubó. Unfortunately it was bit early for a cake, so we all just got a pastry. But don’t miss out on these cakes. They looked amazing.
The Placa Reial (Catalan for the Royal Plaza) invites you to stay for a bit under the palm trees and admire the lampposts designed by Gaudi. Even with the sun it was bit too cool to stay outside, so we just kept on walking.
A little bit further is the Basilica Santa Maria del Pi which has beautiful houses in the vicinity.
Also in the area is the Galería Maxó Petritxo which was a fun shop to visit. It took me some time to finally decide what picture I wanted to bring home.
And check out this small balcony between two houses. Like a gangway.
Next to the Cathedral of Barcelona you can find the rest of the Augustus temple. The four pillars look mighty impressive, the temple must have been huge.
But it’s the inside that counts, it always does. With buildings and with people. The choir inside was totally amazing, although it comes out a bit dark in the picture. It was very detailed with all the different coat of arms.
Within the cloister you find the well of the geese and to this day 13 white geese are kept here. All in memory of St. Eulalia the patron saint of Barcelona who was only 13 years when she died. The animals are certainly not impressed with us tourists. They only showed us their back.
So take your time while strolling around through the Gothic Quarter and La Ribera. There is much to discover in these quarters. Yours, Pollybert