After sitting tight for three days through some horrendous thunderstorms just south of Perpignan we had finally crossed the French-Spanish border at Le Perthus on Tuesday and driven several hundred kilometres south to reach Vilanova i la Geltru where we had checked into the busy Camping Vilanova around an hour south of Barcelona City. Although any dreams of beach walks and sunshine would still have to wait since camping was set 4km away from the sea that didn't trouble us too much. We were here primarily to visit an old school friend of Esther's who had recently moved to Barcelona and spend a little time stretching our legs after the bad weather which was still very evident in the mucky streaks left on the motorhome.
Palau Nacional, built in the late 1920s (along with the Plaza de Espana) for the International Exhibition and since 1934 the home of the Museu Nacional d'Art De Catalunya. Built in an impressive Spanish Renaissance style, topped with a huge dome and situated at the end of an impressive street decorated with fountains it is an imposing sight and a great place for a first stop off in the city.
Phil in Lausanne, the chance to see a friend face to face was very exciting and poor Sarah had to cope with the initial barrage of talking from 2 excited motorhome tourists!). Also, having not seen Sarah for 8 years there was a lot to catch up on.
Sadly before we knew it, it was time to think about catching the train back to Vilanova. Saying our farewells we boarded a metro back to the train station and then onwards into the dark wintry night back towards our camping. It had been a very different day to what we had been used to, but with so much to see and having explored so far on foot we felt we had been able to get a really good appreciation for the atmosphere and layout of this enormous city that we might not have got by cherry picking a couple of main attractions. Stretching our legs along some of the main streets and hidden corners of Barcelona had been a lot of fun and left us with an appetite to visit again soon.