In the Barrio Gótico, Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton
The trip on our social program this Tuesday took us into the Barrio Gótico, the old part of Barcelona. The "Gothic Quarter" is something of a misnomer, Violeta explained to us, as in fact it's much older than that, as the Roman remains she showed us proved.
In the picture, above, Violeta (right) is explaining the origins of the Neogothic "Venetian" bridge linking the seat of government (the Generalitat) with Casa dels Canonges, the 15th century palace on the left.
There were in fact only four of us on the trip this afternoon (the rest of you were doing your Christmas shopping, huh?). But do come along on the program when you're here: even for someone — like myself — who has lived in Barcelona for 25 years can discover new things about the city.