Barcelona Part 1
During his rule Catalan interests were extended on both sides of the Pyrenees. By marriage or vassalage he incorporated into his realm almost all of the Catalan counties (except those of Urgell and Peralada). He inherited the counties of Besalú (1111) and Cerdanya (1117) and in between married Douce, heiress of Provence (1112). His dominions then stretched as far east as Nice.
Officially, La Rambla is a series of shorter streets, each differently named, hence the plural forms Las Ramblas (Spanish and Les Rambles (Catalan). From the Plaça de Catalunya toward the harbor, the street is successively the Rambla de Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis, the Rambla de Sant Josep, the Rambla dels Caputxins, and the Rambla de Santa Monica. Construction of the Maremàgnum in the early 1990s resulted in a continuation of La Rambla on a wooden walkway into the harbor, the Rambla de Mar.When walking down La Rambla one can visit its many small shops or enjoy watching the various performances (actors, mimes and people that look like statues, that will pose with you or move for a Euro or Two etc.). There are also several vendors trying to sell paper figures they claim are capable of dancing and there are plenty to see. Cafes and restaurants on La Rambla often charge steep prices.
From the Ramblas you can Walk toward Plaça Catalunya, which is a large square in central Barcelona that is generally considered to be both its city centre and the place where the old city (see Barri Gòtic and Raval, in Ciutat Vella) and the 19th century-built Eixample meet.
Some of the city's most important streets and avenues meet in Plaça Catalunya: Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya, La Rambla or Portal de l'Àngel, in addition to Ronda de Sant Pere, Carrer de Vergara or Carrer de Pelai. It has an area of about 50,000 square metres. It is especially known for its fountains and statues, its proximity to some of Barcelona's most popular attractions, and for the impressive flocks of pigeons that gather in the centre. There are various underground trains and metros that meet here and the Aerobus to go to the Airport. It is also where we took the metro back to the Hotel Station of Jaume I. This is Plaça Catalunya station Metro underground station.
From there we went toward the Jaume I which is a station in the Barcelona Metro network, located under Via Laietana,( and a block from our hotel) and important avenue in Ciutat Vella, right between Plaça de Ramon Berenguer el Gran and Plaça d'Emili Vilanova. It can be accessed from Plaça de l'Àngel and Carrer d'Argenteria, on the other side of Via Laietana.
It currently serves Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona-operated L4, but was originally designed in 1926 as one of the stations of the first L3 service, a section of which became L4. The other L3 stations (Correos and Banco) located in Via Laietana are all closed nowadays.
Its two platforms, unusually for a downtown Barcelona metro station, are both located on the same level, with a wall between them dividing the station in two parts. They are each 94 m. long. Barcelona is a great city to walk and has one of the best Public Transportation Systems I have seen in my life, there are trains every 2.5 to 3.5 minutes all the time ( I think). I loved the fact that there was no part of the city I could not reach by Public Transportation. This is the part one of our Barcelona Tour I hope you enjoy the tour for this time and thanks for stopping by, there is more to come soon!