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Tarragona, Spain

TarragonaWhile Toulouse, France was a whirlwind two day trip, Tarragona was much the same yet more. This time it was spent with wonderful newly made friends… or rather I should say, friends we finally met in person. Marta could very well be one of my daughters (I do seem to collect a lot of them and I have grown to love each one), and Salvador being the same age as our own son-in-law. Another extended family, how blessed we are!!!

Tarragona: wow, very beautiful city on the Mediterranean sea. I would have loved to have walked in this sea once more, the last time being in Tunisia, but alas, time-wise, it just didn’t work out for such luxury. Maybe I will be granted this wish sometime in the future. 😉 All in all, the city did not leave you hungry for things to behold or discoveries to explore. There are many Roman ruins scattered within the city. Most seem to be in the midst of restoration and in some instances restoration which appeared to be on hold. However, I imagine as funding is given the will be able to continue the restorative work of these magnificent ruins. Still, it provided a copious amount of character and ambiance to the small boutiques and restaurants which line the streets, as well as becoming part of apartment buildings… the old mixed with the new. One place we dined at with our new friends was similar to a cave. The walls and ceiling were the ruins of old while the floor, partially, was new. It created a divine and intimate place to have our final supper. So, enjoy the photos and the journey. Buon dia! Oh… one other thing. Catalunya is known for making human towers, in fact they hold competitions and Tarragona has the 2nd best club of climbers in Spain. Pictures to come.

A door within a door: does this mean you can only enter if you are small enough?

A door within a door: does this mean you can only enter if you are small enough?


Wherever you encounter history and old places there are stairs and there is no avoiding them!

Wherever you encounter history and old places there are stairs and there is no avoiding them!

Above the door of the cathedral

Above the door of the cathedral

Hebrew and Christian tombs, side by side

Hebrew and Christian tombs, side by side

Everywhere there are flowers

Everywhere there are flowers


Peep-hole view into the ancient grounds of a funeral chapel

Peep-hole view into the ancient grounds of a funeral chapel

Some of the Roman ruins

Some of the Roman ruins

The old with the new

The old with the new


Wall art: some darn good artists live here!

Wall art: some darn good artists live here!

Some people are just great blowing bubbles

Some people are just great blowing bubbles

Rick, myself, Marta & Salvador in front of the Cathedral of Tarragona

Rick, myself, Marta & Salvador in front of the Cathedral of Tarragona

Thank goodness for all the fountains! For dunking your head to cool off.

Thank goodness for all the fountains! For dunking your head to cool off.

Emblematic tiles set into walls.

Emblematic tiles set into walls.

At a jazz bar. Notice the sax draft beer lever.

At a jazz bar. Notice the sax draft beer lever.

This is one of two cats I have seen on this entire journey. I was beginning to wonder if they existed in Europe.

This is one of two cats I have seen on this entire journey. I was beginning to wonder if they existed in Europe.

Helping each other with the load.

Helping each other with the load.

Wall art

Wall art

Romulus & Remus: the entrance to the museum

Romulus & Remus: the entrance to the museum

The beginning of the human tower.

The beginning of the human tower.

Building the human tower.

Building the human tower.

So the climb begins.

So the climb begins.

Not quite there yet.

Not quite there yet.

Almost

Almost

Almost...

Almost…

The top.

The top.

Statue of the human tower along the rambla

Statue of the human tower along the rambla

About the author Along the Way: life begins at home yet our door is forever open to adventure, new places and new people. Welcome to our travels around the world.

This blog is really about us, my husband Rick and I and our travels. We are retired with grown children and two granddaughters. We travel...exhilarating in new experiences and places and all that each day holds. We believe that life begins to fade once we fail to live into it anymore. So come along the way with us and enjoy the journey too!

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2 Comments

  1. Marcia Stehouwer July 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Seeing these pictures reminded my of my visit to San Juan – the tiling, grave yards, and the colours. Maybe the cats moved to San Juan! THanks for sharing your journey!

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  2. I was in San Juan many, many years ago and you’re right, there is a hint of old San Juan here. Glad you’re enjoying the journey with us.

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