Weekend getaway to la Vall de Boí

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A couple of weeks ago Sergi and I went on a much earned (and looked forward!) weekend getaway. We went to La Vall de Boí which would translate to something like Boí Valley and it is located at the north west of Catalonia at a four or five hour drive from our home.
There are two main attractions that make this small valley so interesting: on one hand, the National Park of Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici with its amazing landscapes, ponds, lakes and rivers; and on the other hand the incredible collection of Romanesque churches, scattered around the villages in the valley that are considered World Heritage by UNESCO.
This is the first trip Sergi and I have gone to since we bought our Canon 600D, and between this and that all the valley is amazingly photogenic, we took like 500 pictures in four days!! But don’t panic, I have been able to reduce that to a smaller selection to share with you all here 😉
The first day we went hiking into the National Park of Aiguestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici. We started our hike at Planell d’Aiguestortes and went up to Estany Llong.  The landscape is amazing isn’t it?
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We even got to see a frog!! You should have seen us urbanites so super excited watching the frog 🙂
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The town of Boí.
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The town of Durro, this church is called Sant Quirc.
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The church of Sant Feliu in Barruera.
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This photo is from the top of the bell tower of the Santa Eulàlia church in Erill la Vall. In many of the churches you can climb up to the top of the bell tower, to me it was a bit scary because I am scared of heights but the views are great and also it was quite trilling to be up there on a tower that was made hundreds of years ago…
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The second hike we did was bordering the dam of Cavallers and then following up the river that flows into it.
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This is the village of Taüll. All the villages in the valley maintain a traditional aspect. Stone houses, cobbled narrow streets. And the beautiful mountains around always present.
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These four days were amazing. We were able to breathe, relax and recharge batteries to come back to the routine energised 🙂
So what do you say? Willing to pay a visit to la Vall de Boí? 😉
Jara
PS: Find out more about this beautiful valley here and here 🙂
PPS: If you are in a travel-blog reading mood you can check the posts about my last trips to Sweden and to Madrid.

This week…

IMAG0176A company called Sprinz has come up with this new reading method that blew my mind. Apparently it allows you to read faster by showing you each word at the pace you have set and in a position that is ideal to read it… I still am unsure though, I mean, I can see myself using this for reading a report for work or a piece of news from the paper but for a book? Usually when I am reading a book there are paragraphs I read fast and others where I like to linger and read slowly to take all the words in… Still, I found it very innovative!

Have a look at this amazing greenhouse, the roof has a ventilation flap that opens and closes to adjust the temperature inside, it is also totally out of my budget but hey, I can dream!

A table with a small garden in the middle, a beautiful green building, and a gorgeous fiddle leaf fig tree.

The song I just cannot get out of my head these days is Rather Be from Clean Bandith feat Jess Glyne, have you heard it? I don’t get tired of it!

Hope you’ve had a nice weekend… and that you start this new week with energy!

Jara

 

Credits: Autor and photography Jara Forcadell

This week…

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Small lettuces have started to sprout at the sweet onion’s pot. Remember we sown some lettuce seeds on the sweet onion pot at the very beginning? Since they did not appear on the first two weeks, we thought it hadn’t worked, that it was too cold outside for them to grow from seed. But apparently Sergi’s granddad was right, as he said with cold weather it just takes them longer to grow. They look nice sprouting randomly like that don’t you think?

This week I loved this illustration series called Archiset where barcelona-based artist Federico Babina draws the interiors of famous movies, I found specially funny the one from Star Wars.

You should check out this project called Type Rider II, where two poets will ride a tandem bicycle around US writing free poems and building Little Free Libraries to promote poetry and love of reading. Maybe you can help them with the funding, they have only nine days left to achieve their goal!

Do you know Apartment Therapy? It’s a great blog with amazing home tours, many crafts and lots of ideas for the home. For instance I liked this post Gardening Without a Garden: 10 Ideas for Your Patio or Balcony

Hope you have a nice week, mine looks like it’s gonna be quite busy!

Jara