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Had some fun teaching my son the finer art of manual shooting with a DSLR at the old South Freo Power Station.
Awesome place with stunning lighting.
Managed to take this nice pano of the sunset whilst there.
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Really happy with the final tour we created for 30 Arundel Accommodation, Fremantle
Well tonight is our last night in Barcelona before heading home. We spent this evening at a Tapas bar drinking beer and eating tapas and paella as one does in Spain. We are now finishing off 1.5 litres of Sangria so it won’t to waste.
The last couple of photos from Spain are of a building on La Rambla that is is quite eye catching with a dragon light fitting and umbrellas on the outside.
Lastly, a note to all those people from countries other than Australia that have been following our blog I will endeavour to keep it going when we get home with images from our home state.
We know are travels are coming to a conclusion when today we had to return are car to Peugeot. Part of the lease deal was to return the car as clean as we received it so most of the morning was spent vacuuming and washing it. I checked the odometer and found we have traveled 14,123 kilometers which when we planned the trip I guessed we would do 8-10,000 kms so apparently the winding mountain roads made up for the rest.
This afternoon was spent replacing some of the stolen images from our first stay here although it was difficult as it was just not quite the same as the summer is now at it’s height and a lot of the lush greenery has faded.
La Rambla is so much busier now with all the summer tourists cramming in one relatively small road as were the markets and marina with all the ferries going to and fro from Teneriffe and Majorca.
Another manic drive up the coast through the rest of the Costa Brava and the Costa De Mar to Barcelona. This time of year is just crazy all along the coast. We did stop early in the day at a nice little cove called Canyelles for a quick look before the crowds rolled in and managed a couple of photos before making our way down the coast to our final stop back in Barcelona.
We drove into Girona this morning for a walk around the old town which can trace its history back some 2000 years. You can walk along nearly all of the old perimeter wall for spectacular views of the whole city as well as some beautiful gardens and a walk along the river allows you to see the houses from the early 20th century that hang over it.
After lunch we made our 30 kms away to a very small town called Pertallada. This restored medieval town has numerous restaurants and artisans with a restored medieval castle now operating as a luxury hotel. Most of the buildings are made from the sandstone that was dug out to form the moat around the town.
We left France and drove down the Costa Brava coast today which included crossing the southern end of the Pyrenees. I must be getting used to the winding roads as for the first 2 months of our trip the Europeans would be following me waiting for a place to pass and now I’m doing it to them.
The scenery was again fantastic but with so few places to stop it was difficult to take many photos and the towns and villages were absolute bedlam as they are full of northern European holiday makers(it seems as though there are more Dutch here than in the Netherlands).
Today’s project was to visit the 13th century walled city of Carcasonne which did not disappoint. After extensive renovations and repairs in the 19th century it is a postcard perfect medieval city which has been used for countless medieval movies.
There was one more item on the agenda today and that was to taste some of the sparkling wine Limoux is famous for. Limoux was where “Champagne” was invented but the wily monk Dom Perignon took the method north to the Champagne region from where this lovely drop gets its name so Limoux ended up the poor relation when AOC labelling came into effect.
The first hour of today’s drive was very different. La Cavalerie sits on a plateau at around 800 to 900 meters and Limoux on the plains at 200 meters. The cloud layer was between 500 and 600 meters so it meant driving in and out of the clouds for quite a while(something we just don’t see at home).
One of our stops was the town of Albi which is on the Tarn River. The Cathedral here was quite splendid with amazing carvings and frescoes adorning its interior.
A typical French summers day today. NOT.
Fortunately today was programmed as a rest day with not much on the sightseeing list which was just as well as we have had thunderstorms for most of the day. We walked around the village where we are staying and investigated the Templars and Hospitaller Knights walled village which has been renovated and is part of the urban landscape of the area. This was really interesting as the houses and businesses which are many centuries old have been substantially modernized inside and are quite comfortable(although they still have very low doorways which are a hazard to ones head).
After lunch when the storms cleared for a little while we drove into Millau to photograph the Millau Viaduct which is the tallest bridge in the world at 343 meters. It just dominates the landscape.