Lovely Left Luggage Lockers!

If your flight is from Barcelona and you want to spend the day there, here is the answer. Leave your luggage here behind Plaça Catalunya behind Cort Ingles), while you wander round the city. (Also useful to know is that there is left luggage in Sants train station.) They speak English, are very friendly and helpful and it's an extremely good location. Also cheap and no closing time during the day, so you can pick it up when you want.

Figueres-Girona-Barcelona New Fast Train

15,70€  now takes you to the centre of Barcelona in 37 minutes by the new Ave fast train. It's 14 minutes to Figueres and 3 and a half hours to Madrid. Great from the apartment which is a 2 minute walk to the station. However it is interesting to muse on the fact that a garden snail could apparently have walked the distance from Orange in France to Madrid in the same time it took to build the whole track, started in 1992! We should take advantage of a system which has involved such a huge effort!

Girona Barcelona Trains

The train station is 2 minutes walk from the apartment. There are 3 different trains to Barcelona, which take 1 hour 20, 1 hour 33 or 1 hour 6 minutes. For the fastest train you pay 20€ or so for a single ticket, double the price of the next fastest. The cheapest and slowest train costs 7€ something for a single ticket. There is quite a regular service and it's very comfortable. Get off at Sants or Passeig de Gracia depending on your destination.

http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/index.html

Roman Barcino

You can find these elements of Roman Barcelona at these points in the city. The city was founded around 15 BC.

Via Sepulcral

- Plaça de la Vila de Madrid

Aqueducts

- Carrer de Duran i Bas and Plaça Nova

The arches of one of the aqueducts are integrated into the walls of a 19th century building. Water was transported from the river Besos and the Collserola Serra and from wells, cisterns and 2 aqueducts.

North West Gate

- Plaça Nova

The towers form part of the Bishop's palace now and the Deacon's house.The current name is Portal del Bisbe, it was the Praetorian Gate. In the 4th century, all 4 gates had 3 openings, the large central one for vehicles and the side smaller arches for pedestrians. Only the 2 decumanus gates still exist. The cardus gates, pulled down, were in the 'call' or jewish quarter and in Plaça de l'Angel. 

Domus

- Carrer de la Fruita and Sant Honorat

This is 4th centry

Temple and Forum

- Carrer del Paradís

The temple was dedicated to Augustus, placed at the highest point of the city, in the forum,which was to be found somewhere under or near Plaça Sant Jaume (or possibly Plaça Sant Miquel nearby - they can't excavate so they don't know, as i understand it). The 4 columns and what's left of the temple can be found at the above address.

Workshops and factories

- Plaça del Rei

In the musuem here,there are the remains of a laundry (fullonica), a dye-works (tinctoria), a garum factory (cetaria) and cellars.

North East wall

- Plaça de Ramon Berenguer el Gran

South East wall

- Carrer del Sotstinent Navarro

The first century BC foundational wall had a few towers and a defensive moat. The second wall, built in the 4th century was placed in front of the old wall, greatly thickening it and 76 towers were added. The towers were cylindrical on either side of the gates but mostly square. There was a moat at least along the Avenguda de la catedral of 6 metres depth.

The Sea Gate

- Carrer del Regomir

What can be seen is one of the smaller pedestrian entrances. It is thought there might have been a castellum here.

This is the

route to follow the Roman walls

:

Plaça Nova, Avinguda de la Catedral, Carrer de la Tapineria, Plaça de Ramon Berenguer el Gran and Plaça de l'Àngel, Carrer del Sotstinent Navarro, Plaça dels Traginers, Carrer del Correu Vell, Carrer del Regomir, Carrer d'en Gignàs, Carrer d'Avinyó, Carrer dels Banys Nous and Carrer de la Palla. A large part of the structure disappeared during the 19th century (such as Palau Reial Menor, Convent de l'Ensenyança, Plaça de l'Àngel, Plaça del Regomir) though in some cases, like Pla de la Seu, the destruction was prior to this.

Taken from this recommended website:

www.bcn.cat/historia/pag/capitols/cap_02/en/transversals/muralla_romana/muralla_romana.htm 

http://www.bcn.cat/museuhistoriaciutat/ca/muhba_placa_del_rei.html

- click on Guia Barcino/BCN to see the pdf

Barcelona Children's Day Out

In the Old Port area at the bottom of the Rambla, there is the

Aquarium

, complete with sharks and giant rodents (and i mean giant) and the

Imax 3D cinema

complex, surrounded by bars,

fast food

restaurants and

shops

. All by the sunny sea, so you can sit and rest your feet in between bouts. Even if it's not sunny, which let's face it, would be difficult. 'They' will be tired out just walking down

the Rambla

looking at all the street entertainers, so mission accomplished!

http://www.imaxportvell.com/ingles/imax.html

http://www.aquariumbcn.com/AQUARIUM/index.php?wlang=en

If you've got any money or time left, there is the

zoo

in the Ciutadella park. I've never been but my husband said he used to force his parents to go every single time they went to Barcelona on a day out.

http://www.zoobarcelona.cat/en/home/

Moving inland you've got the

amusement park

of Tibidabo which can be reached by cable car and tram or bus. After that, you might not need to go on any more rides, and you'll have seen most of Barcelona from a bird's eye view.

http://www.tibidabo.cat/en/info/com-arribar-transport-public

Last but by no means least, and you'll probably need another day, is the CosmoCaixa

Science Museum

- a really wonderful touchy-feely, sticky hands-on museum, highly recommended. A very good rainy day destination. Unfortunately the website is absolute rubbish in English. Completely impossible to find the information you want, typical of a bank. Suffice to say it costs 3€, free on the first Sunday of the month, closed Mondays. Opens at 10am til 8pm. Open on holidays and holiday Mondays. Not Christmas day or New Year's Day. Address is C/ Isaac Newton, 26.

http://obrasocial.lacaixa.es/nuestroscentros/cosmocaixabarcelona/infoservicios_es.html

The

Chocolate Museum

. Well, we enjoyed it! 

http://www.museuxocolata.cat/?lang=en

Here is a link for a Chocolate Tour of 2 hours run by the tourist office and it is a walk around the gothic quarter.

http://bcnshop.barcelonaturisme.com/ECV2TBCN/Front/BCNShop/Sales/Disponibilitat-Producte/_vf-SMlY1yItM-U_l9RgLJgsyU0uRJi84RqTVW4Qu8jlwlsbljT_nJMKtbrFTKhdgfLI1AsrLkWTMA-NoR99VR5sKtu1cV9yVaEIyon7WyN4cvKkgoJpmRJ9VUx9dzhkP

This is a

Segway

tour but i am not sure what the minimum age is for children.....i am obviously not responsible parent material....but could be fun?!

http://bcnshop.barcelonaturisme.com/Barcelona-Segway-Tour/_vf-SMlY1yIuKQTV1aq49kDeqxRqjploriWCdo8IR0jKVDOZqQnrzvcItaEElOLAI

(I think that's enough children's stuff - who's going to pay for all this?

ed.

)

Barcelona's Jewish Quarter ('El Call')

Here is historical information about the Jewish quarter, street by street

http://www.bcn.cat/museuhistoriaciutat/docs/BarcelonaJewishQuarter.pdf

This is the route through the Jewish Quarter, in English

http://www.bcn.cat/museuhistoriaciutat/docs/Triptic_Call_ENG.pdf

It doesn't take very long and it's nice to wander with an objective if those two things are compatible.

The 'Interpretation Centre' or very small museum of the Jewish Quarter, is in my experience either closed or without any illuminating information in English. This might have changed recently as i admit having given up going and there is certainly more information on the net than ever before. I got completely fed up with the archeologist's drawings of what they'd found, which were usually upside down when compared to the ground plan or in some way or other incomprehensible to the lay person. Especially the non-catalan lay person, who doesn't lunch for 3 hours.... It's here anyway - Placeta de Manuel Ribé. 08002 Barcelona

The History of the City Museum is fantastic however.

If the Jewish Quarters of the region are of interest to you, don't neglect to visit the Girona 'Call' and the 'Call' of Besalu, which has a very rare medieval Mikvé or Jewish bath, one of only 2 in Europe i believe. It was found by accident in the 60's and is in excellent condition.

Barcelona link

Good link for what to do and what's on in Barcelona

http://www.barcelona-online.com/museums.html

Even Barça football club has a museum

http://www.fcbarcelona.com/camp-nou/museum

History of Catalonia on this web of the Museum of the History of Catolonia, as you would expect...there's a good restaurant and terrace at the top, with a great view.

http://www.en.mhcat.cat/

Gaudi

http://a-gaudi.blogspot.com.es/

Chocolate Museum for a rainy day!

Barcelona Day Out 1

If you visit Barcelona for the day you could do worse than heading for Plaça España - within easy walking distance you have the MNAC (National Catalan Art Museum), Caixaforum (exhibitions and art gallery) and Les Arenas shopping centre. Les Arenas was the old bull ring and has a multicinema complex and lots of very decent restaurants at the top.

A short metro journey away is the Egyptian museum which is also very enjoyable.

There are audio guides for the collections

CaixaForum, the Cultural and Social centre of La Caixa’s Community Projects, is housed in what was once a factory.

Designed in the Art-Nouveau style by the architect Puig i Cadafalch, and it has become one of Barcelona’s most dynamic, active and lively cultural centres.

Through visits to the building, a gem of Barcelona’s industrial legacy, and to the exhibitions devoted to artists such as Dalí, Rodin, Freud, Turner, Fragonard, Hogarth and Cartier-Bresson, and thanks also to the concerts, lectures, literary events, multimedia art and many other activities put on there, CaixaForum has become a prominent beacon in the life of Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia Day out 2

A fantastic visit - book online so you don't have to queue. The audioguide is very good and the site is well organised. There's a nice Japanese restaurant on c/ Industria nearby. Good for a morning visit - we went to the Cirque de Soleil in the afternoon - fabulous - but if they're not around, there's no shortage of things to do in Barcelona.

http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/sf-eng/?lang=0