After yesterday I did not think I liked Barcelona. But after today, walking around and 2 two hour city bus rides, I have changed my mind.  It is a great city and there is much to do.  Unfortunately, 2 days is not enough.  This morning we took the Metro to the Starbucks on The Ramblas for breakfast.  This is only the second time in the last 4 months we have been able to get a Starbucks. (There are none in Italy)  From there we went to the Roman Necropolis which is a little area in the middle of town where you can see part of a 2,000 year old tomb-lined road.  This road was the Via Augusta which led into the Roman port of Barcino and is about ten feet below today’s street level.  Walking through some cute little shopping streets we came to Barcelona’s most historic neighborhood called the Barri Gotic.  This walk takes you to the Placa Nova where two bold Roman towers flank the main street.  These once guarded the entrance gate of the ancient Roman city of Barcino.  They were at one time attached to roman walls stretching a mile long, 25 feet high, with 74 towers and an area of 30 acres with a population of 4,000.  Right next to these towers is the Cathedral of Barcelona which has been the center of Christian worship since the fourth century.  We continued walking through this area seeing the ruins of an old Roman Temple of Augustus (from 1 A.D.), the Placa del Rei – Royal Palace from the 13th to 15th centuries, and where Christopher Columbus triumphantly entered and was welcomed by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel, and many other quaint, interesting Placa’s and small streets.  That walk kind of made a big circle of the main part of town, so next we hopped on a tourist city bus for a 2 hour ride to the northern area of Barcelona, then transferred to another bus for another 2 hour bus ride of the southern/ marina part of Barcelona.  This last bus ride took us past many areas and structures  that were built for the 1992 Olympics.  Quite impressive!  A great day and a short, but nice, visit of Barcelona.

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