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“Cathedral of Girona, Back Door” – Girona, Spain

“Cathedral of Girona, Back Door” - Girona, Spain

“Discover how to visit the past and bring yesterday’s stories into our lives today”
― Gillian Hovell

I’ll start out by saying my trip to Spain late last summer left me breathless though more relaxed than I thought was possible given the distances covered and steps climbed.

For a Canadian traveler to this ancient and interesting land was an incredible experience. I love history and to actually stand in these places and let my imagination wander was simply amazing.

I have seen photos and illustrations in my history texts and seen many of these places portrayed in film, but to actually stand here is another thing completely.

We began our trip in the Catalonian town of Girona. I’ll also start by saying that anything I mention from this region of Spain will be referenced as Catalonia, which as I have discovered, though part of Spain, has a completely separate history, language and culture which I want to respect.

So, here I stood in ancient Girona, in the northeastern region of Spain, known as Catalonia. The city is dominated by it’s brightly coloured riverfront houses and the massive Cathedral of Girona, which holds the world record for the widest Gothic nave, spanning an incredible 22 meters. The Cathedral become more recently know for its role in the HBO series Game of Thrones, where it is the inspiration for the Sept of Balor. While I did find the cathedral beautiful, I found myself intrigued with the lesser known views of the back for the cathedral, shown here. It certainly shows the consecutive addition of various building to the cathedral over time and I loved all the variance in tones and texture.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 17-50 mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical IF A1N6II @ 17mm
1/125 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – “Plaça del Raval” – Bagà, Españia

“Plaça del Raval” – Bagà, Españia

Thursday Doors – March 12, 2020
“Plaça del Raval” – Bagà, Españia

On a vacation trip late last summer I had the opportunity to travel through three countries in a single day: Spain, France, and Andorra. Along the way to France, tucked into the foothills of the Pyrenees, is the Catalonian village of Bajà. This was my first real venture away from the bustle of Barcelona and this beautiful little town of some 2,000 people had a wonderful medieval feel to it with its narrow winding streets and old stone structures.

Along the main street I came across this simple door. The light and textures were just irresistible and I found it translated even better as a mono image. I do not have an exact address and Google Street View does not travel down this narrow roadway, so I can’t give exact coordinates but it’s just west of the Plaça del Catalunya, if you are ever in the area.

The other thing that struck me, but unfortunately did not work well within the composition, though I hoped it would, was the prevalence of Catalonian independence flags flying from nearly every window. The deeper you travel into north-east Spain the more noticeable the Catalonian movement for independence is, with flags and banners everywhere in the region with its very own culture and language.

I plan on sharing more of that experience in subsequent posts.