Continuing my reminiscing….
After leaving Paris we drove 130miles before I did my stint of the driving – which turned out to be my only stint, probably for both of our safety! The drive from Paris to Barcelona is around 650miles so we made a stop over at a good old Formule 1 hotel in a town called Cahors – quite a pretty town.
The next morning we decided to take the smaller roads to see a bit more of the area, making a stop in Toulouse; a quick visit to the main square which was very pretty. Upon leaving the centre, we heard a strange popping sound and pulled over to see what it was – a huge screw in our quickly flattening tyre.
As I mentioned in my previous post we had made so many lists of things to pack and the boot of the car was so full it took a while to unpack everything to get to the spare tyre. When we eventually reached the tyre we found we’d forgotten to bring a wheel brace! We spent a while driving around looking for a garage, no where was open – it being a Sunday. In the end we resorted to parking in the car park and calling the RAC – luckily we had taken out European cover. We waited an hour for our rescue in unshaded 39C sun. Thankfully a quick tyre change sorted all out.
Eventually we made it to Camping Globo Rojo in Canet De Mar – really lovely site with excellent facilities and a pool – hurrah! We spent the next few days travelling in and out of Barcelona by train – around a 50minute journey for only €6 return.
Barcelona is a fascinating city, we had never been before so we weren’t quite sure what to expect. After leaving the train station, mapless, we wondered around the streets until we came across Casa Batlló – one of Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces. It is immediately obvious that this is a work of Gaudi; covered in tiny mosaic tiles, the unconventional roof, curves and patterns everywhere. The interior of the house is indescribable – I don’t think we saw many straight lines. Gaudi refurbished the house in 1904 but much of the interior is strikingly modern. It is hard to believe it was designed over a century ago!
Next we wondered our way to the Sagrada Familia – Gaudi’s greatest, unfinished masterpiece! Again, like Casa Batlló it is hard to describe, it is very surreal. Even unfinished and covered in scaffolding (a common theme on our travels!) it is breathtaking.
Park Güell is another of Barcelona’s sights that is well worth visiting. The walk up the steep hill approaching it was a struggle in the heat but the view you are rewarded with on arrival is more than worth it. The park is full of wonderfully landscaped areas and Gaudi creations, including his home.
Lastly we wondered down Las Ramblas – lined with street performers and tourists. We decided to take a break from the hussle and bussle and found the beautiful Plaça Reial where we ate some great tapas and paella. We also stumbled across the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria – a fantastic market hall selling every food you could think of.
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