Colorful Girona, Spain

I couldn’t have picked a better place to go to for my first stop in Europe. It was colorful, pretty, and peaceful. Girona is located in the northeast of Catalonia, Spain.

The main reason for going was for Travel Blog Exchange. If it wasn’t for TBEX, I wouldn’t have planned to go to Europe at all. After going to TBEX in Denver a few months ago, I had to go to the next one and I’m glad I did.

Girona Spain
The bridge in the background was constructed by Gustave Eiffel, the same guy who built the Eiffel Tower in Paris. He built this bridge shortly before building the Eiffel Tower.
Girona Spain
Panorama shot taken with my iPhone 4S. The river is called Onyar.
Houses along over the river Onyar
The colorful houses along over the river Onyar made for great pictures.
Girona Spain
Cailin from TravelYourself interviews Flora The Explorer about her experience with the blog house. This was before Cailin realized that her mic doesn’t work.
Girona Spain
Cailin interviews Cole from Four Jandals about his experience at the blog house. Not a bad backdrop!
Jordi Roca in Girona Spain
Jordi Roca on the right. One of the three brothers and owners of the El Celler de Can Roca restaurant voted second best restaurant in the world. The restaurant has three Michelin stars. The location I’m at in this picture is their ice-cream shop in Girona. Jordi Roca is the man behind the deserts. I was lucky enough to catch him at his shop.
Girona Spain Ice-cream shop
The gelato ice-cream shop is called Rocambolesc and is run by Jordi Roca, the youngest brother of the three that own second best restaurant in the world. The shop is colorfully decorated. Jordi favorite which I asked for had cotton candy on it on the gelato!
human pyramids
Since the 17th century during the summer months in Catalonia, it’s been tradition to watch human pyramids stack up over 9 stories high. They most often occur during celebrations and festivities.
It’s a very dangerous activity and a fall could lead to injuries. It’s not uncommon. The very top of the pyramid is usually a small child. There have been incidents where the child would fall down the pyramid and land on his head which caused deaths. Nowadays it’s required that the child wear a helmet.
human pyramids
Climbing up to the top.
human pyramids
Boy holds the Catalonian flag at the very top of the pyramid.

Finally I can stop saying I’ve never been to Europe and getting strange looks back. I used Eurail to travel around Europe and stayed in numerous hostels thanks to HostelWorld.

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