According to my Barcelona guidebook, the name Rambla comes from the Arabic ramla, meaning the dried-up bed of a seasonal river. As time passed, the riverbed was filled in, but its presence is still remembered in the name of Barcelona’s most famous avenue. I love it when place names hint at what once was, and I couldn’t help but think that the ancient river isn’t really dead; it’s just mutated into a constant flow of people.
About the Author: Celine
I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.
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