On a movie set in medieval Girona.
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We arrived in Girona at around 19.00. Although I really enjoy Barcelona I was happy to be in a smaller, quieter city for the moment. Girona is not exactly what you can call rural Catalonia because it is still the capital of the province with the same name, and has a lot of facilities, including a University. When we arrived, the streets seemed rather quiet but that was probably because Barcelona was such a busy place.
Because the people take their dinner late in the evening (restaurants begin to fill up at 21.45 or 22.00) we still had some hours ahead of us to stroll through the city. We wisely decided that we could best leave the main attractions of Girona for the next day and for the moment simply relax after the metropolis of Barcelona.
Girona is split in two by the broad river Ter. One side, the side of arrival, is modern and has little to offer besides one or two shopping streets and one or two plazas. The other side, however, is a beautiful medieval city center. For a medieval city, Girona was quite big. When you cross the river you cannot see it, but there is a high stone wall that circles the city. Inside, you will discover a maze of alleys that go up and down and up and down. A part of the old city is a former Jewish ghetto; one of the best preserved Jewish ghettos in Europe.
We simply wandered through the narrow cobblestone streets for a while. Now and then we encountered a bridge over the river. There are numerous bridges over the river, including one designed by Gustave Eiffel. These bridges offer the best views of the city. Especially when the sun shines low on the houses and the water of the river is silent, the beautiful colours of the houses that hang along the riverside become apparent, and are mirrored in the water. Above the coloured houses, the towers of Girona’s churches stick out. It is everybody’s favourite photo moment.
We noticed at the cathedral of Girona that the steps to the entrance were covered with hundreds of candles, and there were medieval wall carpets hanging from the windows.
Luckily there were only a few tourists, so the guards let us watch from the sideline while the actors did a general repetition. The musicians began to play a slow march and the actors walked by, some carrying icons. It was clearly a very dramatic film sent in medieval times. We stayed to the end, and after the repetition we were allowed on the set to snap a few pictures.
This is why I love travel! You always encounter stuff that you absolutely didn’t expect!