Sunday, 12 June 2016

Culture shock in Ripoll

The town of Alpens is dotted with imaginative iron sculptures created by a local man. He has now been seconded to work on the famous Gaudi cathedral in Barcelona and has work there until 2026.

The walk to Ripoll was very pleasant, lots of forest tracks and a beautiful high valley with huge old farmsteads. Cooler weather helped with the 2 big climbs. But as we approached Ripoll, our first big city for weeks, it was quite a shock to come across people everywhere, walkers, cyclists, trail bike riders, cars. The noise of traffic was awful!

The monastery in Ripoll was huge,  the main entrance was built in the 12th century and has a number of old testament figures carved into it.

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