Whilst enroute to Le Rozier (where we left you last) we stopped by Milau to see this very impressive bridge that spans the across the whole town and measures kilometres. After taking lots of photos we continued to Le Rozier to spend the night in a quaint French village in the hills. The following morning we were headed for Spain!
Whilst our stay in Spain was only short (5 days) we tried to cram as much as we could into them – 2 cities on opposite sides of the country. We started off in Barcelona were our bed and breakfast could only be called basic (extremely basic), we were sharing a bathroom with the owner, her daughter and on one night 6 other guests – imagine the queue! On our first full day we took the west route of the hop-on-hop-off city tour bus, taking in the sights of Placa Catalunya, Gothic quarter, Passeig Colom, World Trade Centre, Jardins Miramar, Fundacio Miro, Anella Olypmica, MNAC, Poble Espanyol, Caixa Forum, Placa Espanya, Estacio de Sants, Camp Nou, Placa Ppus XII, Illa Diagonal, Avinguda Diagonal, La Pedrera, Casa Batllo. This was great as it gave us the opportunity to see all the sights and to get off at those which we wanted to explore more as well as have the commentary about them all at the same time. Our second day saw us taking the east route of the bus and seeing Port Vell, Historic Museum, Barcelonetta, Port Olympic, Platja del Bogatell, Nova Mar Bella, Forum, Torre Agbar, Sagrada Familia, Hospital Santa Creu, Parc Guell, Tibidabo. Our favourites were the Sagrada Familia an amazing Gothic style church which is still being completed today to the original drawings; Tibidabo where we took the funicular (cable car) to the top to see amazing panoramic views of the WHOLE city and Barcelonetta where we spent the morning at the beach, a bit too cold to swim thou. To top off our stay in Barcelona we decided to attend a Mediterranean style dinner and Flamenco Show. That was an experience, we were in the front row which meant we were privileged enough to share beads of sweat with the dancers and unfortunate enough to notice that the only male dancers fly was down the whole time.
We drove across to San Sebastian (only 5 ½ hours away) a resort style town where the San Sebastian Film Festival was happening – we only just missed out on seeing John Travolta, Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon arrive! The remainder of our afternoon / evening was spent exploring the old pedestrian only part of town taking in the sights and sounds and enjoying an Italian Gelato – oops wrong country! The next morning after a lovely breakfast of pancakes – a HUGE contrast to our last place, we were off! Taking the small tourist train around to see the main sights before taking a romantic walk along the ‘Royal Beach’ and promenade. We visited some interesting steel pieces of ‘art’ at the end of the promenade before taking another funicular (see definition above) to the top. We are disappointed that back home at the top of our mountains we do not have theme parks as this seems to be the in thing here. After sharing paella (a Spanish rice dish) we visited the local Aquarium as the weather decided to pack it in . Unfortunately this concluded our stay in Spain as tomorrow we were headed for Bordeaux.