Apr 8, 2009
We had a great start to our trip in Barcelona. While our room was quite basic, it was ideally located on the Ramblas. We walked every where. We were blessed with sunny skies and mild temps. We would usually have a breakfast at the hotel which was buffet style with lots of mystery foods. Lunch was around 2, and dinner never before 9:00. For a big city Barcelona was very clean and very pedestrian friendly. Lots of walkers, scooters and small cars. Some tour buses, but very few large trucks.
We left Monday morning by train to Girona. About an 1.5 hour trip north of Barcelona. We rented a 2 bedroom apartment with Bob and Linda for 2 nights. The apartment was very modern but was in a 800 year old building. We had late lunches, and then went to market and bought bread, cheese, and meat. Then on to the wine store where we bought wine from the barrel. We bought 1.5 liters each of a red and a white, along with 500 ml. of port all for less than 7 euro. We got to see the locals practicing being roman soldiers at 10:00 at night by the cathedral. This was for the upcoming pageant for Easter. We walked the city walls, and visited their art museum on Tuesday.
This morning we hiked back to the train station to head north to Beziers France. After an 1.5 hour train ride we arrived at the Spanish,French border. We had to change trains, then 1 hour north to Narbonne. We then had a 45 minute wait, (time for coffee) and on a different train for a 15 minute ride to Beziers, where we currently are. We are across from the train station at the Hotel Terminus, for one night before catching a cab to the marina where we pick up our boat.