Barcelona (part of the state of Catalonia) and a much more beautiful city than Madrid so far :)
  • Day6

    The Green Spot

    January 12 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Without doubt the best vegetarian eating experience I have ever had.
    Amazing food, vegan pizzas and deserts to die for in fact we had three.
    Best “old fashioned” I have drunk ever!

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  • Day6

    Gaudi Tour

    January 12 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Gaudí's works have a highly individualized, one-of-a-kind style. Most are located in Barcelona, including his main work, the church of the Sagrada Família.

    Gaudí's work was influenced by his passions in life: architecture, nature, and religion. He considered every detail of his creations and integrated into his architecture such crafts as ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. He also introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadís which used waste ceramic pieces.

    Under the influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí became part of the Modernista movement which was reaching its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work transcended mainstream Modernisme, culminating in an organic style inspired by natural forms. Gaudí rarely drew detailed plans of his works, instead preferring to create them as three-dimensional scale models and moulding the details as he conceived them.

    Gaudí's work enjoys global popularity and continuing admiration and study by architects. His masterpiece, the still-incomplete Sagrada Família, is the most-visited monument in Spain. Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Gaudí's Roman Catholic faith intensified during his life and religious images appear in many of his works. This earned him the nickname "God's Architect" and led to calls for his beatification.
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  • Day5

    Girona Brass Lion

    January 11 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    Apparently... it is customary to kiss the backside of the brass lion to revive good luck and also guarantee that you will return to Girona.
    We also saw a progressively built cathedral which meant that it had bits of roman, gothic, baroque and some other period of architecture and by looking at the cathedral it was obvious which parts had been added at which time.
    This occurred over a several hundred year period as money and regional stability allowed.
    Some of the little laneways in this town were so beautiful.
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  • Day5

    Girona Old City Wall

    January 11 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    In recent years, the missing parts of the city walls on the eastern side of the city have been reconstructed. Called the Passeig de la Muralla it now forms a tourist route around the old city.

  • Day5

    Girona (cont’d)

    January 11 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    Girona has undergone twenty-five sieges and been captured seven times. It was besieged by the French royal armies under Charles de Monchy d'Hocquincourt in 1653, under Bernardin Gigault de Bellefonds in 1684, and twice in 1694 under Anne Jules de Noailles. In May 1809, it was besieged by 35,000 French Napoleonic troops under Vergier, Augereau and St. Cyr, and held out obstinately under the leadership of Alvarez until disease and famine compelled it to capitulate on 12 December. Finally, the French conquered the city in 1809, after seven months of siege. Girona was center of the Ter department during the French rule, which lasted from 1809 to 1813. The defensive city walls of the western side were demolished at the end of the 19th century to allow for the expansion of the city, while the walls of the eastern side remained untouched but damaged over time.Read more

  • Day5

    Girona (cont’d)

    January 11 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    The 12th century saw the Jewish community of Girona flourish, having one of the most important Kabbalistic schools in Europe. The Rabbi of Girona, Moshe ben Nahman Gerondi (better known as Nahmanides or Ramban) was appointed Great Rabbi of Catalonia. The presence of the Jewish community of Girona came to an end in 1492, when the Catholic Monarchs outlawed Judaism throughout Spain and Jews were given the choice of conversion or exile.
    Today, the Jewish quarter or Call is one of the best preserved in Europe and is a major tourist attraction. On the north side of the old city is the Montjuïc (or hill of the Jews in medieval Catalan), where the Jewish cemetery was located.

    Some shots from the Game of Thrones show were filmed in front of this cathedral.
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  • Day5

    Girona (cont’d)

    January 11 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    Girona is a city in Catalonia, Spain, at the confluence of the rivers Ter, Onyar, Galligants, and Güell and has an official population of 101,852 in 2019.
    It is the capital of the province of the same name and of the comarca of the Gironès. It is located 99 km (62 mi) northeast of Barcelona. Girona is a major Catalan city.
    The first historical inhabitants in the region were Iberians; Girona is the ancient Gerunda, a city of the Ausetani. Later, the Romans built a citadel there, which was given the name of Gerunda. The Visigoths ruled in Girona until it was conquered by the Moors in 715. Finally, Charlemagne reconquered it in 785 and made it one of the fourteen original counties of Catalonia. It was wrested temporarily from the Moors, who recaptured it in 793. From this time until the Moors were finally driven out in 1015, the city repeatedly changed hands. It was sacked by the Moors in 827, 842, 845, 935, and 982. Wilfred the Hairy incorporated Girona into the County of Barcelona in 878.

    In the 11th century, Alfonso I of Aragon declared Girona a city. The ancient county became a duchy in 1351 when King Peter III of Aragon gave the title of Duke to his first-born son, John. In 1414, King Ferdinand I in turn gave the title of Prince of Girona to his first-born son, Alfonso. The title is currently carried by Princess Leonor of Asturias, the second since the 16th century to do so.
    Girona is quite famous for the remarkable history of the town...
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  • Day5

    Girona (cont’d)

    January 11 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    Girona is an old town from the 16th century and as you will see the architecture of the old town is indicative of the period.

  • Day5

    Girona

    January 11 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    The red bridge into Girona is famous and designed by the famous architect Eiffel of the Eiffel Tower and interestingly there are some similarities in the steel and bolts and design used.