I had decided to wander around Barcelona for a little while without any specific plans to see anything. As I was emerging from an alleyway, this sight greeted me:
Upon further inspection, I learned that part of the structure was built on a Roman wall that dates to the fourth century.
I only explored the exterior, but I learned later that this landmark is part of the Plaça Ramón Berenguer el Gran. I wish I had spent a little more time here.
Nearby is the Catedral de Barcelona. I rarely pass up a chance to wander through a cathedral, no matter how many times I’ve been inside of one. There’s always something unique in each of them.
Because I really like to explore cities by walking around a lot, I made my way back over to La Rambla, a lively promenade that’s popular with tourists. It’s full of restaurants and shopping opportunities. There’s a great market here — La Boqueria — and it’s perfect for grabbing a bite to eat immediately, buying items to prepare later, or simply sight seeing.
I discovered Placa de Catalunya by accident when I walked all the way up La Rambla (walking away from the port area). It’s a tourism hub, so you can catch a couple of different sightseeing buses here. The fountains and landscaping make this a pleasant area for taking photos.