Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Girona, un cop d'ull

With a friend, we went off to Girona today for a quick overview of the city in crappy weather.  It was PERFECT.  Now we know we have to go back, and we have to give it a complete weekend to get through all we would like to see and do.

At least a weekend.

Then I even had time to come back and have a nap.

Sweet, no?

Thought I'd share some photos.

The first one you may have noticed is the new header photo de moment....another here:

I have talked about the caganers before....scroll down a bit.  These are a more traditional shape, but they aren't usually chocolate.

Below is a mikvah, Jewish ceremonial baths.  There was, once upon a time before the inquisition, a large and thriving Jewish population in much of Spain.  First they were forced into ghettos, called Calls in Spanish, and then they eventually fled, died or converted.  Old Mikvahs are being found in Catalonia, and I assume elsewhere in Spain, though I don't know that for a fact.  This is one we saw in Girona.  Well, the remains of one.

The Catholic Bishop liked to feel his presence was acknowledged.  This is the side door.

This little lovely was showing the wind direction near the Cathedral.

The view of the river.

Funky house, no?

Part of the Arab baths, which were never used by Arabs, but were rather built in the 11th Century when they were fashionable, and then rebuilt in the 13th. Finally used by a group of monks as a kitchen/laundry area....

Girona is lovely.  Well worth the visit, and indeed, well worth our return visit.

I love stone.

Hope you liked the tour!


Anonymous said...

Loved the photo tour of Girona. How do you eat one of those chocolate figures? Beyond me! GM

Beth said...

Lovely photos Rocky!!!!! love 'em!

oreneta said...

Gm, glad you liked it! I don't know how to eat one of those...we didn't buy one. It would be a little odd though. ya girl!

Lynda said...

Amazing chocolate!