Friday, 25 January 2013

tarragona

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Tarragona had been on my list of places to go in Catalonia for a few years now, and one morning over the Christmas break (gah! out of sequence! oh no!) Albert and I trundled ourselves next door to the train station and caught a train before we could get lazy about it. Once in Tarragona, we stopped in a nice little bakery for coffee and a pastry (I'm still pretty bleary in the photo above) and then set off to expolore.

Tarragona's main claim to fame is the remains of a Roman amphitheatre (in Roman times, Tarragona was the more important city, and Barcelona was secondary).

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We snapped some pics, and then went for a walk in the rest of the city, which was cute, but freezing, and everything was closed because it was Sunday. We ordered a vermouth aperitif, but when it came all pimped out with "essence of olive" in a plastic syringe, we snuck off without drinking it, not wanting to be ripped off. :D Tarragona seemed strangely deserted of normal citizenry, and I'm glad I don't live in one of these little cities, but it was nice to walk along the promenade in the setting sun!

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15 comments:

TheHeadlessMannequin said...

I must try the trundling-to-the-train approach myself before I have chance to change my mind. Many a planned weekend outing has been abandoned to laziness but all your lovely trips make me want to get out and about more and play the local tourist. I can't blame you for doing a runner at the sight of those syringes :)I love your outfit here...it's very Parisian with the stripes and the beret. And Albert is looking very trendy too :)

caitlin said...

oh my gosh, that water! so blue. weekend trips are my favorite :)

Kezzie said...

Ooh, I went to Tarragona when I was in Catalonia as we went on a road trip.(I stayed in Toroja Del Priorat) but it was quite deserted when I went there! Nice photos, hurrah for purple berets!

Nina said...

Ah what a dream! How nice to be able to see the sea, the snow here is getting a bit silly and makes me miss the warmer climates of southern Europe. Looks like you had such a nice time!
xxx
Nina from little nomad

Penny-Rose said...

Beautiful photos of the amphitheater with the blue sea and the sky. For early on a Sunday you look lovely and very relaxed. thanks for sharing.

Marzipan said...

So beautiful pictures dear.

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow what a beautiful place!! I wish there were places close to me that had that much history...the most I have is Mark Twain's house, ha ha
(and I'm loving your outfit too)
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lauren, curious constellation said...

This city looks phenomenal and I love your little bird pendant.

Person hinter den Worten said...

The sea, the sky!! Everything's white here these days..

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

I find ancient amphitheatres to be most impressive. I never tired of visiting them on my (long ago) trips to Europe. Tarragona's is very nicely situated there by the water!

Annebeth said...

ah you look SO much like Anna Karina in that first shot, it's killing me!

Kitsune-kun said...

what a gorgeous place! I really love how cozy your cardigan looks:)

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

Can we talk about you in a beret for a sec? It looks like it was made for you. I'm having a moment where I desperately need to recreate your look.

ALso, hi Albert!

Oh, My Darling said...

Wow! What a vivid, clear sky (among many other lovely, impressive things)!

Dus Katrina said...

the shots of albert taking shots are so cute! it's always strange how towns can seem extra deserted on sundays in spain but glad you got to see those ruins, they look cool! & berets suit you so well.
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