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Cardona

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  • Day7

    Cardona

    September 10 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Auf einem Hügel (589 Meter) erhebt sich die Festung, deren Silhouette den Ort überragt und die eine besonders gute Aussicht auf das Tal und die Salzberge bietet. Erbaut wurde das Castell im Jahr 886 von Guifré el Pilós. Er war der letzte von den Franken eingesetzte Graf von Barcelona.

    Heute befindet sich in dem im 18. Jahrhundert wieder aufgebauten Palast der Parador de Cardona, ein staatlich geführtes Luxushotel. Beim Umbau wurden jedoch nur einige Elemente aus dem 11. Jahrhundert erhalten, so unter anderem die Stiftskirche Sant Vincenç und der berühmte Torre de la Minyona (‚Turm des Fräuleins‘). Den Überlieferungen nach soll dieser Turm als Gefängnis für Adelaïde, die Tochter eines Grafen von Cardona, gedient haben und bekam dadurch den Namen.
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    Tolle Fotos 👍 [Elfi]

    9/10/21Reply
     
  • Day11

    Quite a place.

    September 21, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Feeling rather flat, we woke up at about 8am and headed off to the buffet breakfast an hour or so later. We were still somewhat shell-shocked but eventually took a bit of a wander round.

    The place dates back about a thousand years and the salt mines first created by the Romans are a major feature of the landscape. The building itself is a big tourist attraction with guided tours running almost continuously.

    Late morning we decided to drive the kilometre or so to the local village of Cardona. From a distance it doesn't look so exciting but when we got there it turned out to be quite a pleasant place. We sussed out a couple of potential restaurants for dinner.

    As befits a place like Parador de Cardona it has a very classy restaurant. We decided to indulge ourselves and dine in. Lots of interesting dishes. We shared a cheese platter with all sorts of accompaniments as a starter and both chose the rare and thinly sliced duck breast with assorted fruit flavours for the main. Excellent desserts followed. All this with a bottle of excellent local red. We haven't had a bad wine here in Spain yet. We're living in a manner to which we'id like to become accustomed.
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    Sounds lovely BK. (BW)

    9/23/19Reply
     
  • Day3

    Castell de Cardona

    February 10, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Desde cualquier parte del pueblo se ve el castillo de los Duques de Cardona. 

    Por la tarde descubrimos los alrededores del castillo. Nos paramos en las murallas y nos subimos a la torre. 

    A Mati le encanto todo, pero lo que mas le gusto fue subir a la torre desde donde se dirigia la artilleria!

    Mati y papa estuvieron imaginando como fueron las batallas al pie del castillo.
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  • Day7

    Catalunya

    September 13, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We had to stop for coffe and sandwich.

    A man has to do, what a man has to do! Now your filled up with super power for more singing, recording, uploading, planning checking phones and driving and night chats...🤣 Dani

    9/13/19Reply

    Good luck this time!

    9/13/19Reply

    Go for it! You will make it in less than 12 hours to P!

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  • Day3

    Mineros de sal, en Cardona

    February 10, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Recorriendo Cataluña descubrimos las minas de sal de Cardona. 

    Nos animamos y recorrimos las galerias de la mina. Fabulosa experiencia, y aprendimos mucho de la historia de la zona.

  • Day3

    Ezio Audittore

    February 10, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Cuando recorrimos el claustro dentro del castillo, Matias se transformo en Ezio, el heroe del 1400 del Asessin Creed II. 

    Papa y yo caminabamos mientras Ezio saltaba de techo en techo.

  • Day10

    Things go pear-shaped

    September 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We had an enjoyable seven hour train trip at speeds of up to 300km per hour and arrived in Barcelona on schedule at 10pm. Dramas followed when Avis told us that our debit cards were unacceptable and that they would only accept a credit card. Furthermore the only such card we had chosen to bring with us was in Mary's name, and that was unacceptable because it was Brian who was hiring the car. Eventually and reluctantly they relented knowing that we faced a difficult 70km drive to our hotel.

    The car was on the third level of a parking building which was deserted at that late hour. We put our bags on the floor by the car while Brian was moving the car forward to make room and was flipping the back seats down. Two young men happened to stroll by and one of them seemed to be asking Mary for some directions. While she was distracted the other one must have grabbed the backpack containing the camera, new iPad, iPod, Kindle and other bits and pieces including a couple of our payment cards.
    Fortunately Brian was carrying our passports, the phone and the two main debit cards that we use in his security vest (thanks Allan for nagging us to get one). We then spent the next couple of hours traipsing around central Barcelona, very angry, and trying to find some police who were even vaguely interested. Clearly the two characters had been watching us from a distance and had chosen the right moment to pounce.

    The main losses are our photos taken so far plus the lack of flexibility to take more good photos and write the travel blog which we so much enjoy doing.

    It was a long and tiring drive to the isolated but spectacular hotel, not that we saw much of it when we checked in after 3am.

    Sadly, our blogs from now on are unlikely to be as comprehensive, but we'll try our best.
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    Brian and Mary, Allan a d I are so upset for this awful thing that has happened to you. We know it will be hard to get over and we are so glad that you had passports and important cards stored safely. Brian, maybe time to buy another camera anyway- some good mirrorless ones available and lighter for travel. Our thoughts are with you. Carol and Allan

    9/21/19Reply

    Allan and Carol. Thanks for your thoughts. We'll certainly get over it and are determined that we won't let it spoil the holiday. The camera was a few years old and I will get another one. I miss the iPad and keyboard but a replacement will have to be delayed until we get home.

    9/21/19Reply

    Like I said to you yesterday, the most important thing is that neither of you were hurt. It's a huge pain in the butt but don't let it ruin your trip. I know that's easier said than done but you have so many awesome adventures ahead of you. Grab yourself a small camera to see you through until you can buy what you really want when you get home. There's lots of neat little pocket cameras around. Maybe the hotel can recommend a shop? On a brighter note, we've been watering your new plant. It's still alive and thriving :) Tell Mum her frangipani is showing signs of life again too. Rain forecast for the next few days but I won't hold my breath. Talk to you later. HK xxx

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