Trip Start May 30, 2013
21Trip End Nov 25, 2013
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Lots of Spanish villages.
A strange sight we spotted while travelling on a back road during the week - a farmer ploughing his field …….. plough attached to the horse, and the farmer standing on the plough and holding the horses tail for stability and balance- bet the horse wishes he’d get a tractor.!!
Awake early (in spite of a light sleep last night), so packed our cooler and headed out for another day exploring in the car ….set the GPS for Tortosa - a town inland , in the Catalunya’s deep south , that was taken during the civil war by the Nationalists in 1938. The battle cost 35,000 lives . Situated on the fast flowing Ebro river, the Cathedral survived and is overlooked by an old castle that has since been turned into a Parador (hotel). The Cathedral was begun in 1158 - a magnificent building- we entered through the ground floor and at one stage we were 3 floors down in dirt corridors ,(1 person wide), where people sheltered from the waring factions .The Cathedral consists of 3 naves with side chapels (ceilings to rival the paintings of the Sistine chapel ..)an example of full Baroque style. Much of the medieval quarter still stands, and we enjoyed picking our way around the almost empty buildings that surround the Cathedral. Moving out to the coast early afternoon , we made for Delta de L’Ebre (mouth of the river that flowed fast through Tortosa)…The biggest wetland in Catalunya , with the noise of the birdlife able to be heard from the Marina. We took a drive a short way on the marshy wetland , that was covered both sides of the narrow elevated road, with rice fields fed by narrow water ways from the river . A seafood village (Les Cases Dalcanar) famous for its prawns , was nearby, so we made our way south, down to the port and enjoyed a Clara (shandy) and a plate full of Langoustines (large prawns) .
After a full day out , we have arrived home just in time - the skies have opened , and we are in the middle of a torrential downpour and storm - the road outside , running downhill to the ocean, has turned into a torrent.
Off in the morning for our weekend in Cuenca with Richard and Vivienne- more about that in the next episode