The Born district is one of the loveliest places of the historical Barcelona. It is also known as La Ribera, which in Catalan means “The Shore” as it is close to the Barcelona shore. This area provides entertainment and many interesting things to see! The highlights include the 19th century market, Mercat de Santa Caterina, the famous Museo Picasso with Picasso's early work, and an amazing 14th century church, Santa Maria del Mar. Also, you can see the famous Palau de la Música Catalana where amazing concerts are still given. The Mercat de Santa Caterina is both historical and charming. Inside you will find many small stands that specialize in certain products. For example, you can find stands that are just for fresh seafood, or stands that are only for fruit and vegetables. There are stands of many different types of cheese, or even a stand that specializes in eggs (their prized item are the giant ostrich eggs). In the same market, on the right hand side, you will also find the Cuines de Santa Caterina (Santa Caterina kitchens) that is a restaurant that offers a vast array of different cuisine. It is highly recommended if you visit the market. The Picasso Museum is a gem in the Born area. You can see Picasso’s rare early drawings while he was still studying to become an artist. Also, the building where the Picasso Museum is located is a historical building, so you have a double experience in one. It is interesting to note when the Picasso Museum has its free entry days which is every Sunday from 3pm to 7pm and all day on the first Sunday of each month. You could go for free on the annual Night of the Museums which is always fun as many museums in the city are open until very late. Or, of course, you can pay for your ticket as the proceeds go to maintain the art and the museum. The 14th century church, Santa Maria del Mar started off as a small chapel built and known as the Santa Maria de Les Arenes for the very small community of Christians in that time period. By the 13th century, as the city grew and this area became a hotspot for merchants and wealthy seafarers, the community built the Santa Caterina that we know today. It is one of the oldest churches in Barcelona. The Palau de la Música Catalana was designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner in the famous Catalan Modernist style between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català (a prominent choral society and the leading force in the Catalan “Renaixença” Renaissance). The Born is a very trendy area! It houses many modern art shops, coffee shops, and boutique stores. There are great restaurants as well and this area is well known for many delicious tapas bars and restaurants. Living in the Born area means living an interesting mix of the modern and the rich history that Barcelona has to share.