The beginning of my favorite drive of the trip — the ascent from the lowlands of Catalonia to the Pyrenees. First stop was a the Romanesque Sant Pere de Castellar (the last four photos in the bunch) just off the C-26 highway. The church was just above a small farm, with grapevines, goats and more.
The first photos are from the 11th Century Santa María de Palau de Rialb. Here, the open doors revealed two women working on scaffolding above the altar. They were deep in conversation, talking about the frescoes, comparing details of the frescoes with images on their phones, with a radio playing in the background. With a loud “hola,” we got their attention, just to give a polite hello. One of the women climbed down from the scaffolding and explained in detail the different ages of the frescoes, what each panel represents, etc. It was clear she loved her work. She explained that the 20th Century Catalonian architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch had visited this church many times and appreciated the value of the architecture. I would see his name in a similar context the next day in the Valle de Boí. .
Outside this church was a tree full of ripe figs that I could not stop eating — before getting back on the road to the Vall de Boí by way of a lunch stop in Tremp. .
🔻EL PROCÉS A PUNTA DE BIC.🔻
-Una exposició de Jordi Magrià.
Inauguració dissabte 21 a les 19h.
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Adios, Barcelona. It was amazing. Beautiful people, beautiful culture, beautiful country :) I’m most definitely coming back. now off to see my little cutie pie 🥰