On the waterfront

Seafront, Barcelona

On the waterfront, Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton

If I closed my eyes and thought "Barcelona", this is the picture that would come to mind: the street is the Passeig de Colom [map] which separates the old port (on the left) from the city proper. In the middle distance you have the statue of Columbus pointing out to sea, behind the hill of Montjuic overlooking the city.

It's such a strong image in my mind because I first arrived in Barcelona by train, in 1979, at the Estación de Francia at the end of the Passeig — and this was my first view of the city…

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