Sometimes nothing happens during the whole week. When we travel, though, adventures, events, surprises and unexpected events rain on us like a downpour. So, off we go! Our thousand and one kilometres week, from Konstanz to Tarragona through Montpellier and Barcelona. Hooray!
As ruthless weather pushed us more and more to the South, we just decided to go with the flow. Mother Nature is crazy in April so it turned out that the closest warm place is Montpellier. Again. Yet, she gave us a clear sign we did a good thing. :)
And so, we arrived to France to visit our good friend from our last visit, Alessandro. It was good to see him again, have nice talks and enjoy stunningly wonderful weather in Montpellier. 22 degrees, cloudless sky and smiling people raised our moods to the top.
Alessandro lives in the very strict centre of the city – you walk out through the gate and you end up directly in the main pedestrian street that leads to Place de la Comédie, beautiful lively square, full of people all day and night. Unfortunately, this has one big disadvantage – since we travel by car, it was virtually impossible to park it anywhere in vicinity. We had to park it in the suburbs, quite a walk from the place we stayed. It was a good choice, though, as we could see some unusual street art:
As well as the nice park area, called Antigone. The weather was perfect and it definitely motivated us to fool around!
Unfortunately we had to be well aware of the weather of all times. The forecast warned us that we should run even more to the South. The initial plan was to drive to Avignon and from there go around Italy. We decided on the spot, however, to go and see Gibraltar. :)
Anyway, our few days in Montpellier were full of chill out. Of course we went to work a bit, once with Fire and once with soap bubbles, Alessandro cooked us amazing dinner and went with us to take some pictures. Since he is a part-time photographer, he kindly offered us to take some pictures and I must say – he did well. You can also see his Facebook site, he takes pictures in really bad conditions, for example during concerts, and yet he manages to create art.
We spent entire Sunday doing literally nothing. It was amazing to just sit, read, play games and relax. We needed it more than we thought. And so, in the evening we decided to grab a pint in a pub. It was a bit chilly but still better than in central Europe so we ended up, quite unusual for us, indoors. And I must say, that sneaky guy, Alessandro, fooled us again. Instead of going for a pint and back we ended up with two pints each, ham and cheese, and Limoncello shots. Oh, and playing Tekken on a big screen. The whole evening was simply amazing!
However, all things have to come to an end (except taxes and soap operas), on Monday we decided to move on. We left Alessandro’s place quite late so we were able to drive only a short distance from Montpellier, yet we were able to find a nice place to put our tent.
Despite little surprise at 2 AM, our night was nice, but cold.
Another night we have spent in Lloret del Mar. The place looked more inviting than the previous one and was definitely calmer. We had a great night there.
And so, we drove further, to Barcelona!
Barcelona welcomed us cold and cloudy. The next two days were to be the worst so far, with less than 15 degrees Celsius and occasional rain. Therefore, we set our tent on a camping site (we desperately needed a shower!) and putting off work for the next day we went for a walk to lose ourselves in beautiful streets of Gotic quarter of Barcelona. And it was great!
We walked for quite a bit, trying to avoid busy streets.
It wasn’t an easy task though. People were everywhere!
We were happy that Barcelona is pro people.
We managed to take a high shot of La Rambla… I stood on Nick’s shoulder and of course, we became a tourist attraction while doing that.
Blending in the crowd was also challenging.
Tired and hungry, we went back to our tent. We stayed in a really nice camping site; they had a bus to and from Barcelona included in a price. There was also a place surrounded by a fence with animals, which was kinda disturbing and weird. We don’t like animals in cages.
We fell asleep calmly, feeling warm and safe. We wanted to work on Thursday, but… well, it was raining all night and then in the morning. Grey and crying sky welcomed us outside of the tent and we decided to have a day off, sit in a cafe, update our blog, read, drink coffee and tea, and just… mingle, I guess.
We were lucky enough to find ten euros on the ground (well, Nick almost stepped on it, having his head high in the clouds daydreaming again, but I managed to spot it!).
Thanks to that we treated ourselves to coffees, teas, the most amazing cupcake in the world and empanaditas!
We also decided to take a look at statues on La Rambla. We found a pretty good one.
There also had to be a room for some art. For example, we found the other side of the blue pin-pillow building. ^^
Not everything counted as art though. However Nick seemed to really like this little fellow…
And of course, as in every big city, there had to be a bit of Life According to Pigeons.
And some outsiders, oh yeah!
We also decided it was high time to give our Red Arrow a bit of a wash especially that some pigeons decided to have a relief on our brave little car. I swear, one day I will take a rifle and will start shooting them, flying rats, goddammit.
On Wednesday night I wrote one request on CouchSurfing. Yes, only one, as I thought the person was right for it, and if she doesn’t reply we’ll sleep in a tent. I got an answer after 5 minutes! So the next two nights we spent in Vila-seca, close to Tarragona. We were only supposed to stay a night, but we liked each other so much we’ve decided to prolong our stay, especially that our host, Betty, was also going to Valencia on Saturday.
We spent a relaxing, sunny day together, we tried to work, but there was not too many people around, so after 20 minutes we packed up and left home. ;) Oh well.
We also miss our motorcycle so every time we see even a toy one we shed a small tear.
Surprisingly, in the middle of Spain we found a restaurant called Malinka, which in Polish means Raspberry. Literally. Interesting, huh.
So that’s our last week. Tomorrow we leave to Valencia and I almost fell asleep closing this post, I hope you enjoyed the photos and the read. I may edit it later on, when my mind will be more fresh than it is now… There is one thing we need to think through – before Gibraltar we want to have one more stop and we wonder, where exactly? Should it be Granada, Malaga or maybe some other city..? Ideas, anyone? :)