Barcelona or Bust, but first: Girona
Early walkabout to an old Roman wall and city, including a spiral staircase in an upper tower and a panoramic view of Girona. My knees are letting me know that these are a lot of steps for so early in the day. I acknowledge and offer encouragement to my knees many times every day. I also decided to start taking pictures of the types of cobblestone in the area.
Having breakfast at the Konig Sandwich cafe near the Basilica de Sant Feliu. Ordered a cheese omelette and it comes as a fried egg with mild brie on a mini baguette. Not realizing this would be a breakfast sandwich, I had also ordered an arugula, tomato, cheese and guacamole mini sandwich on multigrain bread, which they call “cereal bread.” I was hungry enough to eat both and each was quite tasty.
Just realized that the word I took for murals, “murallas” means “wall.” I will wander on this lovely, cool morning. I found a shop, Chocolataria Equador, where I purchased some dark chocolate treats including one made with a liqueur from this region, really good. Wish I had more room in my luggage to stock up. More wanderings around the Parc de la Devesa to a pedestrian bridge over the river with a modest waterfall. The sound of the water is wonderfully soothing.
I arrived in Sant Celoni, my last stop before Barcelona tomorrow, the main attraction on my bucket list. I have my e-ticket for Segrada Familia plus one of the towers, and in the afternoon I have a guided Gaudi tour. Then I need to find my way to my homestay host via train who lives about 30 minutes west of Barcelona.
I found vegetarian food in Sant Celoni at “la taverna de la clau” which is very close to the regional train station. Started out with brined green olives and a clove of garlic. The restaurant has a sign on the wall which translates to “we do not accept sexist, racist or LGBTQ attitudes.” My dinner was sliced, grilled zucchini wrapped around a mix of sautéed spinach with cherry tomatoes and sunflower pesto, delicious. When I came in earlier from the train station there was almost nothing open. Now in the early evening there is a lot of activity. I found an ice cream vendor and bought a one scoop cone. No more venturing out for me today.