Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Both sides of the Pyreneese Mountains, and Catalyns.

I am back from my travels in Girona, Spain.  The weather while not always balmy was quite good, with some nice sunshine. It was warmer than the snow and sleet I've arrived home to here!  My legs are suffering after walking around the old 14th century (rebuilt from the 1st century BC) walls of the city, I don't think I've climbed so many steps and stairs in the whole of my last decade!  (Unless you count the steps in Barcelona of course.) and there are many others within the town too.  The nearest thing I found to elevators were the Spanish Castell groups who spent the evening in Independence square building human towers while we ate al-fresco. They carried on into dark, an unexpected bonus for our evening.
Girona in the evening sunshine
Spanish elevators..

There are many sights in Girona, but the river and it's reflections is one that seems to be a classic.   I was more interested in the shoals of carp swimming in the river, but I don't think they are fished for.


Carp in the river

Girona from the old city walls

We travelled north through the pyreneese mountains to Colioure in France, still part of traditional Catalonia, to visit the Templiers Hotel famous for it's collection of art, collected in lieu of payment over the years.  I also did a little bit of painting and sketching around the harbour while we were there. 

The famous Templiers Hotel in Colioure, France


 Enjoying a coffee within the Templiers Hotel 

and at work around the harbour.

Views of Colioure

As usual, time caught us out and I didn't manage to visit Roses and Cadeques.  But that is another trip to look forward to in the future.

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