Europe...west of the Alps travel blog

dry areas ....

..... huge rock outcrops ....

..... great little tunnels ....

....... old stone bridges ....

..... pretty rivers ....

..... interesting ancient towns ....

..... and misty mountains made the drive to Barcelona .... brilliant!

Tarragona had interesting Roman ruins ....

...... many grand buildings .....

..... and a pretty Mediterranean setting

c'mon Gilli, its not a scrum

is that fresh juice for a change ?

roads were almost always brilliant


The drive towards the Mediterranean took us through many small towns and villages including Huesca and La Vilella Baixa. Baixa should have been very interesting going by the info we had obtained but unfortunately that was not the case. But we were extremely lucky to find a small cafe just before it closed for the afternoon and enjoyed a delicious banquet lunch of red wine and potato chips. Yummo !

Rugged mountains and pretty rivers made the trip all the more fun on roads that rarely had any bad spots. Minimal traffic and great weather, that was a good drive.

A stopover in La Selva del Camp and a visit to Tarragona were excellent. Tarragona's seaside position together with its scattered Roman ruins made it perfect for exploring on foot.

A huge town centre market did require our attention and after much deliberation we each scored 'necessary' items of clothing at bargain prices.

For something very different to get us through the day we had fresh squeezed juice instead of vino.

We were momentarily on a health kick.

It was not a great drive to Barcelona but we did expect the run along the coast to be busy and we certainly were right. The city itself was worse with bumper-to-bumper traffic and absolutely no parking. So slow was the traffic that we were able to capitalise and do a little site-seeing from our car. We were impressed with our Oz ingenuity but after a while we took off for Girona and some sanity.

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