We are not intending our tour to be an “oh no, not Another Bloody Castle holiday”.
Castells on the other hand look like a mad idea which would be great to see.
Originally from Catalonia. Castells were first documented as a cultural form in Tarragona in 1801. Competitions are held where a number of teams compete to build human towers of up to nine or even ten levels of people each standing on each other’s shoulders.
So we are in Tarragona, the plan was to use the motorways to bypass Barcelona and to make a bit of progress southward. Barcelona is a great city with some brilliant sights to see. But having already been there we didn’t fancy trying to negotiate our way through it, or stay in such a busy city in the van.
The weather is warming nicely – it must be for me to get my legs out. Mind you all the locals were walking around in furry collared jackets and scarfs!
After we gave half of our daily budget to the woman in the tourist kiosk. We were were given passes to visit some of the historical sights and walk the city walls which gave some great views of the city including views of the Cathedral.
When researching building methods for our house. I was quite taken by Thin Joint Masonry. This building method uses lightweight blocks to quickly create the walls of the building.
I therefore couldn’t help but notice the not so lightweight blocks the Romans in 200BC had used to construct these huge walls. I mean how the hell did they get these massive boulders to the site (Travis Perkins certainly wouldn’t have delivered) and how on earth did they lift them into position….. thinking about how all this was achieved is just amazing!!
In 200AD the Romans used the natural shape of the underlying bedrock to construct this Amphitheatre. The location they choose also exploits the views out to the Mediterranean Sea. In its day, it was the scene of fights between gladiators and against wild beasts, as well as public executions.
I guess if you’re going to get the thumbs down would you care about the view?
Charlie parked up in prime position at La Playa del Miracle, close to the town and beach, although the view of the shipyard reminded me of Vickers in Barrow.
Amphitheatre – Buildings – Castells . . . Job done
Toodle Pip, D&L
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