was our last day in Barcelona and we had to be out of the hotel
by 1200. We loaded our junk into the rental car and then
had a very white-knuckle drive through the crowded streets of
Barcelona and up the hillside to the cathedral at Tibidabo on
the mountain to the west of Barcelona. After seeing
Tibidabo, we descended the mountain and took the highway north
to La Bisbal. Along the way we stopped at a Basque
restaurant for lunch before heading to our final destination for
the day which was the Castell D'Emporda.
The photos below are what we saw.
final view of Plaza Catalunya. Note all the scooters
parked on the street.
morning, like every morning, there were teams of city workers
power washing the plaza to rid them of the pigeon droppings.
our way through the narrow and crowded city streets to the path
up the mountain to Tibidabo. At the top, we found this
nice hotel with an awesome view of the valley.
northwest we could see other cities in the distance.
east, we could see the harbor at Barcelona.
see the ships in the harbor as well as a big chunk of downtown.
is a sprawling city and extends far to the north and south along
the trees we could see Sagrada Familia as well as the other
major landmark which we referred to as "the suppository".
after I uploaded and inspected photos did I notice these odd
structures. I am guessing that they are a power plant.
a rather large panorama of the Barcelona coastline as seen from
Tibidabo. The image is about 56mb, so it will likely take
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window of our hotel, we could see that there was a large church
on Tibidabo. It is bigger than it seemed.
somewhat pressed for time so we did not go inside, so we never
got the full story on the cathedral.
The stonework seems new and the style is neo-gothic.
right next to the cathedral is an amusement park with various
Steve and I thought about the oddity of juxtaposing a church
with merry go round.
north was another structure, but it did not appear to be
associated with either the church or the amusement park.
We discovered that there were also private residences on
south of the church is this huge communication tower that was
built to support the Olympics held in Barcelona in 2009.
Tibidabo and drove north toward the French border to get to our
hotel in La Bisbal. Kathleen found a castle that we could
stay in and it was nicer than I could have imagined. We
had the "tower room" and the photo above shows the view from our
window looking to the northwest. The snow-capped Pyrenees
Mountains are in the distance. I found out the history of the
place based on material provided by the hotel as follows:
The castle and grounds had been part of the Margarit family for more than 500 years. "According to the legend, Duke Bernat Margarit of Emporda was called by Richard the Lionheart for the Third Crusade in 1180. After the conquest of Akka, Bernat returned to Castell d'Emporda in 1191. It was here where his "best friend", marquis Jaume Farrer, told him about his wife's affair. At that time, there were two punishments for such acts: being bricked with an air hole or bricked without an air hole. Bernat chose the latter punishment for his wife's infidelity. Years later, he found out that Jaume himself had been the one who had tried to seduce Beatrice, but that she had rejected him. Bernat carved 'God Forgive Me' on a wall and died soon thereafter. Farrer was locked in a barrel and thrown into the Aro river."
our window was the pool and terrace bar.
west was a small stream and more fields.
south we could see the castle's olive garden and the dining
I had to
re-park the car after checking in, so I took the camera.
This is the dining terrace.
Very nice rustic
stone work surrounds the glass entry way.
The sunset was nice,
but lacking structure. Usually, some form of dust is
needed for a really nice sunset and the winds had thankfully
been calm. Later we ate in the house restaurant called "Drac"
and it was excellent.
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