Marga provided a tour of Barri Gotic and El Born, which comprise the “old town” of Barcelona. It is a part of the city with very narrow streets, beautiful plazas, spectacular churches, charming shops and restaurants. We walked through the Mercat of St. Josep (also known as La Boqueria), Palau Guell (more Gaudi), Gaudí’s first commission – a lamp post, Plaça de st. Jaume where Marga gave us a fascinating history of Catalonia and its current struggle for autonomy, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St. Eulalia (a 13 year old martyr from Roman times), the church of Santa Maria del Mar, a church built by and for the working class, remnants of the Roman wall and Roman Pillars from the Temple honoring Augustus Caesar, and, finally the Picasso Museum. It was a fantastic tour, which we both enjoyed immensely. It grounded us perfectly in the part of the city in which we would spent most of our time.