Today was an early start as we needed to be out of the hotel by 8am so we set the alarm for 7.20am however I've had to ban Adam from playing games on the iPad until he's ready as we were nearly late this morning. The early morning wasn't too much of a strain on us as yesterday's early night meant we'd had 9 hours sleep.
We only had to stroll a few blocks for the meeting place for today's tour. The weather today is beautiful. It's sunny but with absolutely no humidity, it's so nice to walk around in.
We headed off to Girona first, which was about a 90 minute drive away. The drive was quite enjoyable, through fields and 700 year old olive trees, although I nodded off a few times. The coach was full so Adam and I couldn't sit together.
Once we arrived in Girona we did a walking tour that lasted about 1 hr 45 minutes. Girona was a stunning place, incredibly picturesque. It was an old walled city and its been very well kept. Adam thinks if my mum and dad are gonna retire in Spain then this should be the place! The walking tour was really good and we saw so much of the place. A number of movies have been filmed on the street of Girona and they said games of thrones will also be filmed there later this year.
We then had an hour and a half to explore ourselves. We started off by grabbing a bite to eat at a cute little cafe that backed out over the river. That's where the photo was taken. We had some tomato bread and Sheep cheese to share and each had a grilled cheese and Spanish ham sandwich. All delicious.
We then went and got some ice cream from a little parlour. I got bubblegum flavour and Adam got dolce latte.
Afterwards we went to find the museum of cinema. On the coach the guide had mentioned it and how it was a private collection so we had expected quite a small museum, especially as the entrance price was only 2.50 euros.
The museum was huge! It started off talking about the origins of cinema and shadow theatre and projectors and ended with a number of movie props and costume, including the scissors from Edward scissorhands and the amber mosquito from Jurassic park. It was a really great museum but at the end we had to rush a bit to get back to the coach on time.
On the coach we decided to sit together as we figured the individuals sitting next to one another could just sit together. However they didn't and it caused a bit of a chain reaction of people complaining about their seat being taken. We just stayed quiet and avoided eye contact haha.
We were self guided when going around our next destination, Figueres. When we got off the coach we were given our tickets for the Salvador Dali museum. Salvador curated it himself when he was still alive and it contains 22 rooms of original Dali art.
As you walk in the museum you find yourself in a courtyard with a sculpture of a overweight naked lady standing on top of a Cadillac so you know from that point the museum will be fantastic! We're both Dali fans so really enjoyed it and I managed to buy my friend Rima a little birthday gift from the shop.
After the exhibition we were dying of thirst so we went to a place that sold red bull slushies, bought a couple and went and sat in the park. We then took a leisurely walk back to the coach meeting point. Figueres doesn't have much, it's Dali's hometown and that's why he chose it for the location of his museum but it's just a normal little town.
We had a 90 minute drive back to Barcelona. When we got back it was about 8pm and we didn't want to be out too late so we decided to be try somewhere to eat close to the hotel.
We ended up at 'The Daily Telegraph', an English restaurant haha. Despite that it served tapas and was really cheap so we went there for croquettes and fuet (a Spanish cured sausage) which I washed down with a margarita.
We're back at the hotel now, eating a chocolate muffin picked up at a bakery and packing our suitcases ready to depart Spain tomorrow :)