26.11.2011 - 26.11.2011
On Saturday I went to Girona. Girona is a small city about an hour and forty five minutes away from Barcelona. I read on some website that Girona was considered one of the top undiscovered cities in Europe for 2011, so we decided that we should test it out because it was so close and we wanted something to do. I went with my friend Jessica. We met at the train station and boarded our train at 9:45. We were in Girona by 11:45 and immediately tried to find the center of the city. We were not able to find a city map and there was no tourist office (that we could find) so we decided to just walk around and hope that we found things. When we first got there, it was a little chilly so we decided to sit at a little cafe right on the river and have some coffee. We then just walked around and eventually found the more popular areas of the city.
Girona was sooooo cute. I absolutely loved it. It was so quiet and quaint. The houses were really pretty and different from those in Barcelona. It was really nice to get out of the city for a little while and not see taxis zooming past you at ever single moment. We made our way to the Cathedral of Girona, which was amazing especially with the blue sky in the background. We went inside and had an audio guide. We listened to maybe four of the information sessions and then we were over the audio tour. The inside of the church was really cool. The ceilings were so high up and it was really dark and grey inside, but then the windows were all stained glass. It was really pretty. Right outside of the cathedral there is a lookout point where you could see the Pyrenees in the distance!!! It may have been my favorite part about Girona. They were so pretty! They were all covered with snow! It almost reminded me a little of New Hampshire with the rolling green hills and then the white mountains in the background. It was really cool!
After the cathedral we headed to the main street in Girona. This street was so cute. It had tons of little restaurants. Girona is supposed to have really good tapas, but Jessica and I were starving and we saw the picture of a hamburger and we were sold. So when we were in Girona we ate at an Irish pub and had nachos and a cheeseburger. But the burger was delicious, it was an American style hamburger, not the weird European kind that you usually get served over here.
This whole time I had to keep reminding myself that I was in Spain. I could not put my finger on where I thought I was. There were a lot of things that were reminding me of the United States, but then again it was totally different from the US. We sat outside the Irish pub for a while and then decided to head back to the river to see the Eiffle Bridge.
The Eiffle Bridge was built by the same man who built the Eiffle Tower. The bridge was not nearly as cool as the Eiffle Tower (but then again, how could it be, with the Eiffle Tower being one of the most well known structure in the world). The view from the bridge was what was cool. The bridge goes over a river. On the other side of the river, the houses are built right up the edge, so there are all different colored buildings right on the side. It is what I would picture Venice to look like. You could also see the Cathedral in the background. The different colored houses, with the stark white cathedral and the blue background was amazing.
By this time, we had seen a lot of the city so we decided to head home. We took the 5:30 train home and we were back by 7. Girona was so nice! I loved it because it was so much quieter than Barcelona, but was still big enough to keep me occupied for the day. The weather was absolutely perfect, it was a little crisp but the sun was shining and the sky was perfectly blue which made me like it even more. Good Job Girona!