Saturday, September 23, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Costa Brava I

The last two days before returning to Barcelona were spent in Costa Brava, the northeastern coastal region of Spain.  We stayed in Calella de Palafrugell, and explored the coast.

I included this image to show how steep some of the climbs were.

This image shows the waterfront of Calella as we returned around lunch time.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Market Day

It was market day in St. Remy-en-Provence.  The locals and tourists turned out in force.





And more nougat

Van Gogh posters and stuff.  After cutting off his ear, Vincent Van Gogh spent from May 1889 to May 1890 at Saint-Paul de Mausole psychiatric hospital in St. Remy-en-Provence,
where he painted some of his finest works.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Roussilon and Gordes

The hike began at Le Pont Julien, the old stone arch bridge in Bonnieux.  It was built in 3 BC and was retired in 2005, providing more than 2000 continuous years of service.

A tall elegant house commanded attention. 

The mid-morning snack and rest stop was in a pretty location among the pines.

For years, the ochre deposits of Roussilon provided red pigments to artists and employment to locals.

 Roussilon buildings come in many shades of ochre.

The hike passed many vineyards.

 We stopped at a local winery in the afternoon, 
before going on to the beautiful (and windy!) hilltop town of Gordes.

Leaving Gordes, a lookout offers a view down to the lower sections of Gordes and the valley beyond.

And a different viewpoint lets Gordes show off.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: The Second Day of Hiking in the Luberon

It drizzled off and on.  The paths were sometimes a bit slippery.  But,
Provence has had an extreme drought, so they need the rain.  It was still beautiful.

The day began with a walk up the steep streets of Bonnieux, 
a sleepy Provençal town little visited by tourists.

Near the top, Bonnieux offered a nice view into the lower town and across the valley.

 The day's hiking included walks on small paved and dirt roads, narrow woodland paths like this, 
and rocky climbs on Roman ways.

At the end of the hike, we had some striking vistas showing the rock vertical face of the Luberon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: The Luberon

The first day of hiking began in Lacoste and ended in Menerbes.  It this region is good enough for Peter Mayle, Pierre Cardin and the Marquis de Sade, it is good enough for me.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Avignon

Yesterday I took a train from Barcelona to Avignon, where I had a good dinner and spent the evening.

There was time to take a photograph of Le Pont d'Avignon, the 12th century bridge
that once -- but no longer-- crossed the Rhone.

And, the Pope's Palace.

From here, there will be six days of hiking in Provence and Costa Brava.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Traveling with Siri

I can't say I immediately recognized the voice, but once you know, you hear it every time she speaks.  Atlanta-based voice artist Susan Bennett was another guest in the group with which I traveled around Barcelona this past week.  She was the original voice of iPhone's Siri.  You also hear Susan making Delta's airport gate announcements.  And she is heard promoting Coca Cola,
McDonalds and a host of other companies, products and services.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Last Day in Barcelona

The day was a bit rainy, but it did not deter your intrepid photographer from his appointed rounds.

 Parc Güell is a failed hilltop housing development designed by Antoni Gaudi for his patrons,
the Güell family.  It is now a park.

The terrace atop Antoni Gaudi's La Pedrera feels like it belongs in one of those
old movies about invaders from Mars.

La Boqueria is an amazing market for fresh and prepared foods, just off La Rambla.
It is crawling with tourists, none of whom have the means to cook the fresh food.

So many tourists photograph the workers of La Boqueria that I suspect many get tired of it.

A Marilyn Monroe impersonator swirls to attract visitors to the Erotic Museum on La Rambla.

You have never seen so many pigeons.  Just some of the swarm at Plaça de Catalunya.

On to Provence!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Girona

There was a bus ride to Girona, a town in Catalonia an hour and a half northeast of Barcelona.

Bridges and colorful buildings reflect in the river.
I am linking today's post with Weekend Reflections.

The cathedral is visible from a bridge with bright red supports. 

Two Chinese girls asked me to photograph them on the bridge.  
I did a test shot with my own camera before doing it for them with their cameras.

A local tradition gives good luck to people who climb a pole and kiss the butt of a lion statue.
Honest.  I wouldn't make it up.

Catalans are pushing for a referendum on independence.  The central government and courts oppose.

 I look for images that include the name of the city.

 Girona has a nice promenade lined with shops and restaurants on each side.

The old and impressive Tapestry of Creation is a feature of the museum of the Girona cathedral.