Busy Sunday (Nov 5, 2006)

November 7, 2006 at 12:36 pm 5 comments

We had a busy Saturday and I was worried about Sunday but so looking foreward to it. We were going hiking with Naomi and leaving early. We were to meet up by the velodrome, near Parc del Laberint at 8:00. Alex and I were up at 6:00, got everything ready and headed out to the metro. Looking up from the metro station we saw the start of a great day.

The sun was still quite low and Alex wanted to cast a long shadow.

Heading up towards GR6 we looked out over the city, it was gorgeous view on our way out.

As we climbed we looked back and saw the sun reflecting off the Mediterranean and the city still quiet below us.

We had to follow these markings to make sure we were on GR6. Trails veered off in all directions and you really had to keep an eye out for the right route. Alex had a map so with her skills and the markings we kept on the right trail.

The trail was quite rough in some spots and the descent was quite steep in places. My knee was getting sore but I was walking with a new hiking pole so I could relieve the pressure on my knee during descent.

We had a magnificent view of the valley on our way down the back side of the mountain. The sun even co-operated by selectively shining on the mountain across the valley. It’s hard to believe that this is all accessible from Barcelona by a short metro ride. GR6 actually runs up to Monserrat which is a two day hike.

We arrived in Sant Cugat three hours after we left Barcelona. It was a great hike and I enjoyed the morning immensely. We walked over to the train station, had a bikini and coffee and caught the train back to the city. They run avery 15 minutes or so and we didn’t have to wait long. Alex and I headed home and Naomi brought Zak back to Nat and Mandi’s place.

Once home, we had to get ready to head over to Jackie’s and Sebastian’s for lunch. Francisca is heading home to Chile so they were having a lunch in her honour. I have to laugh about this. Jackie is forgetful at times. She’s like the absent-minded professor. Anyhow, she forgot to invite Francisca. We called her and she showed up but it was too funny. She showed Alex how to cook the dish she was preparing so the two of them were active in the kitchen,

while we were active in the living room.

Isa and Jackie having a “discussion”

Alex having one too.

I was playing with my camera and took some HDR ( I should call them pseudo HDR) photos.

Here is the same photo but different effects.

We had an amazing meal and quality time with friends but the combination of exercise and wine made me very sleepy. While everyone was chatting in the kitchen, I snuck off and had a nap on the couch. Sebastian has proof.

Ahhh, the good life

Entry filed under: Alan's Blog, Barcelona, Blog, Day to Day, Friends, Hiking, Spain.

Vic Alan’s birthday

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JoAnn  |  November 7, 2006 at 1:47 pm

    Looks like a great weekend….Happy Birthday Alan. May the year ahead bring you joy and discovery as the year behind has done.

    Love to Alex

    JoAnn

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  • 2. Alan  |  November 7, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    Hi JoAnn
    Thanks for the wishes. I’m sure the year ahead will be as interesting as the year behind.

    Reply
  • 3. Jen P  |  November 7, 2006 at 10:16 pm

    Beautiful photos! It sounds like you had a great weekend leading up to your birthday today!
    The hike looks great. Debbie and I did a tough hike last summer in Whistler. I tought that I was in decent shape but making our way up a rough, and sometimes steep, trail in the Rockies made me think otherwise.
    All the best,
    Jen

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  • 4. Alan  |  November 7, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    The hike up was ok but I found the descents to be more difficult, especially on my knee.

    Reply
  • 5. Sebastian  |  November 10, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    well alan, the proof you will find soon on my blog.
    happy birthday and hope we see this weekend…
    seb

    Reply

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