Tour 5271 / 0820 Day 4
Trip Start Aug 06, 2007
61Trip End Oct 07, 2007
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We are now in Spain and have started out this morning from Bordeaux. It was raining when we left and we have traveled some 600kms today and we are a little weary. Obviously last night wish for a easier days travel was not fulfilled.
En route we stopped off at Gironde for 30 minutes. Couldn't do much as it was raining quite heavily but that would have helped the grapes anyway. Had a comfort stop and a cuppa of coffee. Had another great experience with the French toilets and a good laugh about how things go on there.
Then we continued by passing Toulouse to a place called Carcassone which I guess is about half way on the trip. We were at the bottom of the Pyrenees. At this place which is classed as a city there is an awesome castle which has the city built around it. The building was commenced before the Romans but over the centuries it has continued to be built and is great to look at. I donīt think it was to strong a castle as it has been overrun by many of the different soldiers through the ages but that turned out to be their problem, not mine.
We were there about 1.5 hours before continuing to Barcelona. The weather has improved greatly and the temperature rose to 27 degrees.
We arrived at about 5.30pm which made it another long but fruitful day. We immediately went for a walk around before we had to go out to an optional visit which we took advantage of.
It cost about 80 Euros each but most of the group went. The evening consisted of a coach ride to the venue and a look at the city on the way. It was Thursday evening and the city was coming to life. It was packed with people as far as the eye could see. What an experience. We then walked through this teaming mass to a restaurant about 300 meters away and it was fortunate no one got lost. Then into a traditional restaurant where there was a buffet with as much food, beer, wine as you could want.
After that we went upstairs into a small theatre holding about 100 and watched a show consisting of traditional Spanish dancing. Were they fit. The Flamingo dancing was great and the wine and champagne still flowed freely. I drank mine and Jackie's share as she did not want any. After the show we were taken home and got to be about 11.45pm.
We had another fantastic evening and the evening was well worth what we paid.
From what we could hear Barcelona was just coming alive the the streets were still packed.