On our way to Barcelona, we stopped in a little town called Tarragona. Ray had read up on several sites in the town that seemed interesting… we thought we might visit the ruins of a Roman amphitheater, a historical museum, an archaeological museum, the site of a circus where chariot races were once held, and a city wall that dates back to 300 B.C. What Ray failed to realize, however, was that all sites are closed on Monday. And guess what day of the week we happened to be in town…. yep, it was Monday.
We did get to see the amphitheater, circus, and city wall from a distance, but did not get to walk through the areas as they were gated off. The one site that was open on Monday, however, was the cathedral, so we did a quick tour there. We also stopped at a little place for lunch, that was probably one of the best lunches we’ve had in Spain so far.
Tarragona also happens to be the town where human towers originated. Of course, none of that was happening on this particular Monday, but you can see pictures and read more about it here if you’re interested. I think Tarragona could be a fun little town to visit if you hit it at the right time.
Figures is a small town just south of the border to France. The city’s main attraction is the Salvador Dali Museum, which also happens to be where he is buried. I was so excited to visit this museum. I had studied Dali in an art class in college and found his art fascinating. Although he is often associated with the melting clock pieces, there is so much more to his work. All four of us were particularly fascinated by the pieces that looked like mere blobs of paint up close, but from a distance turned into something completely different. The image to the left, at first glance, appears to be a naked woman staring out a window. But when seen from afar, it is an image of Abraham Lincoln. Of course, once you see Abe it’s hard to unsee him.
It was a bit of a drive to get to Figueres from Barcelona (1.5 – 2 hours driving), but it was well worth the trip! This is definitely a place I would recommend and visit again!
Abe Lincoln from across the room.
Ty outside Dali Museum.
This was one of my favorites. It is a ceiling in one of the rooms of the museum. The room is very long so it is not even possible to capture the whole image, but there are chairs all around the room so you can sit and look at this for a long time. It was mesmerizing.