Once I had my bearings, I made my way down the famous mall-like roadway, Las Ramblas, towards the rental office where I'd planned to meet my brother and his wife. A tree-lined pedestrian sidewalk, Las Ramblas stretches for 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) connecting Placa de Catalunya with the Christopher Columbus monument by the harbor. The plane trees offer grace and elegance, and a buffer from the nearby buildings.
|A former umbrella shop|
|La Bouqueria market|
|Flower vendors decorate the street.|
One way to get customers: dress up like Marilyn Monroe and blow kisses from a terrace!
Further down Las Ramblas, I came across the Placa Reial, a quiet oasis down a side street, filled with palm trees and outdoor cafes. It is the home of Gaudi's first creations, shown below.
|A Gaudi-designed lampost in Placa Reial: one of his first public works.|