An untypically quiet moment on Rambla Poble Nou
Last week we had some visitors from Canada. What struck them most on our walks through Barcelona were the long pedestrian and bike-friendly avenues, which here is called a rambla.
What would you call this in English? Perhaps it's boulevard, "a broad city street, often tree-lined and landscaped." Though a boulevard often refers to something on a larger scale and more traffic-orientated, like the Champs-Élysée in Paris or our own Passeig de Gràcia.
Whereas the majority of ramblas are the arteries of day-to-day life on foot in the neighbourhood. Maybe promenade would suit them better: "a public place for leisurely walking as a social activity".
Whatever their name, boulevards make beautiful and walkable cities.
Take for granted. To underestimate the value of.