End of the Spanish run
Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
45Trip End Sep 29, 2009
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Even though our trip hasn't been laid out in stone we always had the rough plan to go towards the Pyrenees then on to Spain and Portugal so the rough route was always pretty straight forward. To be honest we didn't plan any further in case we didn't make it this far for whatever reason. So to be sat back in France and planning a new route is exciting in itself.
We watched the European footy final in the campsite pub with a few locals and campers, it was a quiet atmosphere in the pub with the bar-staff the only people getting too excited, afterwards though loads off fireworks were let off in the area to celebrate the win. We were glad we decided to watch the game at the campsite rather than travel in to Barcelona itself, over 100,000 people crammed the streets apparently, while were sure it would have been an amazing to experience we were content with the short walk back to the van after a few shandies.
The next day we decided to drive through the city again to see if we could park and look round a bit, we weren't to hopeful as parking seemed a nightmare and some of the suburbs looked quite rough. We decided to go later in the afternoon in the hope it might be a bit quieter and maybe just have a walk round a couple of the sights. Eventually we did find a parking spot about 5km from the city in a area that didn't look to bad, it was a worry leaving the van but it had to be done, when would we ever be this close again? So we decided to head back to town on the bikes, it was an inspired plan. Its so easy to get round the city on a bike, it was brilliant just riding around visiting the main sites and seeing the city from a different perspective. Sharon was a bit nervous being a fairly novice rider, but the city is geared up for bikes so its defiantly the way to do it.
We'd had days of summer sun along the coast and that evening we were still enjoying the great weather, we headed towards La Rambles and by complete chance the football team had returned from Rome and were having there victory parade! We couldn't believe how fast they had organised it but tens of thousands of fans were lined along the streets cheering the team on, we may have missed the final here, but this was just as good. I can't quite describe how emotional it all was and how much it meant to the fans, it was a very unique atmosphere and made our visit one to remember.
Hat's off again to the sat nav, we would have never found the van again on the endless maze of city streets let alone get round the city so easily on the bikes, basically we couldn't have had such a great day without it. I just can't praise them enough, our trip wouldn't have been anywhere near as good without it. If your considering a similar trip you have to get one, I wasn't going to bother so again thanks to my previous employers at Production for such a fantastic gift.
So that draws the curtain on Spain and the first major milestone of our trip is complete, a fantastic country of so many contrasts, after three weeks we have only scratched at the surface, it would have been great to go inland and see more but our route sort of found itself and there just isn't the time to do everything, not if we want to get to eastern Europe anyway.