We just got back from vacation; we spent 7 days in Barcelona with my partner’s parents and then took a few extra days for ourselves to drive up into France and around Provence.
Barcelona is a treat and it was great to get to share it with family. I used to travel there on business, but it was new for the rest of our group. We decided to rent an apartment right off La Rambla and enjoyed the convenience of being in the heart of the city. From there we easily walked along the marina in Port Vell, over to the beaches of Barceloneta, through the gothic quarter and along the famed Passeig de Gracia. One day we took a drive up to Figueres to see the Dalí museum and then we walked around Girona, enjoyed lunch in the old town and checked out the 11th century gothic cathedral.
After the folks left, we headed up into France and toured around a few days in Provence. The French border is only two hours and yet worlds away – we were struck by the changes in landscape as we skirted the Pyrenees and drove into the Camargue (an alluvial plain – a landscape that reminded us of the Chesapeake Bay), the food, the culture and the expense (seemed like the cost of everything immediately doubled). We stayed in Arles and then did excursions to Aix, Avignon and Montpellier.
All in all, it was a great trip for us – we did a lot but not too much…we paced ourselves and ultimately it was just right. We did wind up seeing a fair amount (okay, a lot) of art along the way – my top 10 this time around:
- Fundacio Miró
- Picasso Museum
- Sagrada Familia
- La Pedrera
- Dalí Museum in Figueres
- Palau de la Musica
- Park Güell
- Fundació Antoni Tàpies
- Hervé Di Rosa at Carré Sainte Anne in Montpellier
- Van Gogh café in Arles