Sunday, June 26, 2022

Girona, In the Time of Flowers

I underestimated the popularity of the Girona flower festival. I had assumed that there would be flower arrangements around town here and there, we would all calmly walk around and admire them. The truth was there were very many people, even more French than Spaniards. It was somewhat frantic, one way foot traffic in a number of streets. Not having done too much research, we were surprised one had to queue up for indoor arrangements. One queue was so long that we couldn't see what we were queuing for. The sun was hot. It was time to retreat.

We returned to the hotel for some cool air and research. I looked online and talked to hotel staff. Armed with knowledge, we renewed our pursuit of flowers.
  • The best places are inside, e.g. Arab bath, incomparable, no wonder we couldn't see the head of the line earlier.
  • Terraced stairs are good, e.g. steps in front the cathedral.
  • Indoor places do not open until 10 by which time tour buses are already all over place. It's hot in the afternoon. Evenings are the best. There may still be a line, though not so long, outside the Arab bath, at 8pm.
  • The crowd/quality ratio is a little high to my liking.


Each official flower arrangement/design/exhibition, numbered 0 to 106, also has a name and a title. You can check them out on the festival guide: https://tempsdeflors.girona.cat/docs/RevistaTempsdeflors2022.pdfhttps://tempsdeflors.girona.cat/docs/RevistaTempsdeflors2022.pdf

No. 42 - The flower carpet inside Esglesia de Sant Feliu. No. 42 - Basilica of Sant Feliu - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

No. 43 - Sant Feliu Main Stairs - illustrates the legend of the army of flies that drove the French invaders out of city in the 13th century. No. 43 - Basilica of Sant Feliu - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

No. 46: The Cathedral Stairs, "The ship sails" - featured in a Game of Thrones (GOT) episode we read, from the bottom. Cathedral Steps - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

A short video. Cathedral Steps - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

From the top of the Cathedra Stairs at sunset. Cathedral Steps - Temps de Flors 2022/ Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

A couple at Independence Square enjoying No. 82: “History and proximity of trade”. Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

No 86: Carrer Nou “Children's trees” Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya Short video. Short 23-second Video - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Peacocks and People. No. 61: Jardins dels Alemanys (German Gardens) - "We open the cages". Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Many shops in the Old Town had their own flower display - Mannequins. Mannequins - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

LIU•JO Mannequin - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Shoe Store. Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

The un-numbered textile tree near our hotel. Textile Tree on a Fence - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

No. 31. Bridge of San Agustín "The path of trade" - Along the River Onyar Onyar River - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

We twice walked through the No. 56 Cathedral Cloister - "Contrasts of the future" - once at night, once during the day. Night. Cathedral Cloister - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Cathedral Cloister - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Day. No. 56. Cathedral Cloister - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

The No. 52 Arab Baths - Banys Àrabs “El jardí de Prosèrpina” - were very popular and a highlight. Again we visited once at night, and once in the evening, avoiding the lines. Queuing for the Arab Baths -  Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

The queue for the Arb Baths. No. 52 - arab Baths - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

The Queue for the Arab Baths - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Entrance doorway. Més No. 52 Banys Àrabs (Arab Baths) - Temps de Flors 2022 / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Flower tree.

Arab Baths - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Arab Baths - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Arab Baths - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Més No. 52 Banys Àrabs (Arab Baths) - Temps de Flors 2022 / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

The roof of the Arab Baths. Més No. 52 Banys Àrabs (Arab Baths) - Temps de Flors 2022 / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

N0. 76 - Jardí de l’Àngel - “Passage of the beast on the path of joy”. No. 76 - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

N0. 33 - Ascent of the Cathedral Stairs of the Pear - “Landscaped fields? Cultivated gardens? ” Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

The Zigzag Steps to No. 24: the Stairs of Església de Sant Martí - “El corriol de Sant Martí”- require one-way traffic. No. 24 - Escales de Església de Sant  Martí -Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

No. 24 - Escales de Església de Sant  Martí -Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

No. 20 Plaça de les Castanyes - “La ciutat invisible”. Temps de Flors 2022 / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

No. 67 - Plaça dels Jurats - “Un mar de flors”. Temps de Flors 2022 / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

River monster. Girona, Catalunya

Bonus. Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Girona, Around Town

Marc advised us to walk on the city walls of Girona. Compared to the other city walls we have seen on the trip, the 9th century Carolingian walls don't look so impressive. Walking on it was nevertheless fun and full of viewpoints, great for day and night.

We came across a hiking route (the Stone Route) somewhere in town and followed it, and found ourselves in the country in no time, leaving the crowds of the flower festival far behind. In addition we also made the rounds to the modernist buildings in Girona.

About an hour after Marc dropped us off at Hotel Europa, we headed out to walk the city wall only to find the entrance gate(s) locked. Bummer. However, after walking along the base of the wall for 30 minutes or so we found ourselves on top of Torre Gironella with sunset views west to the Cathedral and the Pyrenees. View towards Catedral de Girona - Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Torre Gironella - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

A bonus beautiful view of the apse of the Cathedral on our way down. Catedral de Girona - Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

The Onyar River flows through the center of Girona. We crossed it many times, each a photo op. Riu Onyar - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

The next morning we passed a peaceful march by the sanitation workers who have "threatened to mobilize" during the festival as they have not received the salary increases promised in their collective bargaining agreement with the City Council. Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

This evening, the gate to the top of the wall (Passeig de la Muralla) was open. Woohoo! Passeig de la Muralla - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Passeig de la Muralla - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

This city wall (right) is narrow, barely enough room for 2 people to pass. Passeig de la Muralla - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Passeig de la Muralla - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Passeig de la Muralla - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

Passeig de la Muralla - Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

And another night photo of the River Onyar. Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

The third day we walked to a nearby but separate section of the wall with the opposing view to the Cathedral (center right) and Sant Feliu (far right). Temps de Flors 2022 / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

View across the Onyar River. Temps de Flors 2022 / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

View from our room at the Hotel Europa. Girona, Catalunya

Another day, another walk on the city walls; this time with a clear view to the Pyrenees (left). Girona, Catalunya

The Ruta Pedra (Stone Route) hiking trail begins just a few minutes walk east of the Cathedral. The first section goes by an old aqueduct that brings water from Font de les Curculles to the Old Town. Girona, Catalunya

Girona, Catalunya

We walked to the top of this hill... Girona, Catalunya

...where there's a great view towards the Old Town. Girona, Catalunya

Then down to a small stream near a meadow with an outdoor "dance hall" i.e. the Sardana Plaza. Plaça de les Sardanas - Girona, Catalunya

Back in the Old Town, we walked the Ruta Pedra to the old quarries. One was reclaimed as a garden of sorts. Girona, Catalunya

Others are outdoor museums. Above an Old Quarry - Girona, Catalunya

With views, of course, to the Cathedral and the Pyrenees. View to the Cathedral and Snow-Capped Pyrenees - Girona, Catalunya

We spot a Eurasian Hoopoe!!! We Spot a Eurasian Hoopoe - Abubilla - Girona, Catalunya

Route complete! Above Girona, Catalunya

Delivery guy. Glovo Delivery Guy - Girona, Catalunya

In Girona, there are many Modernista buildings designed by architect Rafael Maso. For example: Casa La Punxa. La Punxa Building - Girona, Catalunya

And La Farinera Teixidor (The Flour Mill). La Farinera Teixidor (the Flour Mill) - Girona, Catalunya

La Farinera Teixidor (the Flour Mill) - Girona, Catalunya

Parting shots. Girona, Catalunya

Temps de Flors / Flower Festival - Girona, Catalunya

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