Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Barcelona Countryside

We got up fairly early this morning - just check out the view we had from our Parador balcony! Wow! Breathtaking, eh? ;)
We enjoyed a great breakfast and then set out to see the Barcelona countryside...absolutely gorgeous! We had to drive about 2 hours out of Vic over a mountain pass that was very windy and curvy and to be quite honest I was scared to! (Sorry Kent!) Tina and I were freaking out at how fast Kent was driving through all the s-curves (even though technically I don't think he was driving fast at just seemed like it!) and how close he was getting to the sides of the STEEP cliffs. Man we were so glad to finally get off that stinkin' mountain! ACK!
We toured some really old towns and saw castles and structures made of stone. Very cool! These were all from the midevil times and everything was just so unique and culturally rich. Something definitely we wouldn't have seen if we had just stayed in the city of Barcelona.

In one of the villages we ran into some elderly men from Ireland. They took our picture, we took theirs, and we stood around and gabbed with them for a few minutes. One of the guys was VERY funny. He told us to look out into the distance at one of the mountain ranges because if you look carefully enough you can see a women lying on her back. Then he spouts out with "Ahhh, it brings back a bit of nostalgia." ROFL! How funny is that?! We got a good laugh out of it. :)

Once we were done touring the midevil villages we talked Tina and Kent into going back out to our "favorite" restaurant here in Spain...basically the same place we ate dinner last night. LOL The food was just so outstanding and yes we ordered more Sangria. ;)~ Afterwards, our very tiny, thin waitress stopped Tina to ask her where she was from (even though she didn't speak a lick of English!) and gave Tina the double kiss on the cheek thing that Europeans do...and well, Tina didn't really realize what was going on so she laid a big smackaroo on the ladies cheak and we couldn't help but laugh hysterically about it all the way back to our car. LOL Leave it to Tina to pull a fast one like that. *teehee* She practically knocked the little lady off her feet with the force of the kiss Tina planted on her. ROFLTomorrow marks the 1/2 way point of our trip. This is the day that we leave our Parador, return the rental car and then hop aboard the NCL Gem for a ride down the! I'm sure that it will be so much fun and just as amazing. I can't wait to see all of my favorite CTMH friends!! I'm sure I'll have lots of fun pictures to share with them, as well. :)

~ *Stampily Yours* ~ Shannon! :)

P.s. I can't wait to get onto the ship tomorrow afternoon because then I can start using my straightener or curling iron with US plugs! YIPPEE!! Basically, they will work once again and I won't have to put up with frizzy, unmanageable hair any longer! HA! :)


Roxie said...

Thanks for much for sharing. I am living through your pictures. i have been to Europe once and loved it. Can't waite to see what you post next.
Roxie Green