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Trip South

Barcelona - Argeles Sur Mer - Perpignan - Toulouse - Limoges

I was supposed to go to Barcelona with Corina in October but due to the riots and demonstrations taking place we decided to cancel our trip. I was lucky enough to be able to change my flight and therefore when my classes ended I went to Barcelona. From there I took 'blablacar', a ride share website. I found that to be good because I was always with a group of french people and I could get more practice conversing.

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The first stop was Barcelona. I spent two days here checking out the gaudi buildings in different areas. Barcelona with its large boulevards had a much different feel than the winding roads of Paris.

Ls Familia Sagrada

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Views from the Gaudi Park

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Gaudi buildings

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Old City

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After Barcelona I hit the road and headed to Perpignan!

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Perpignan is an interesting city in the Catalan region. I learned alot about this area. if you watched the news you may have seen the Catalan independence movement in Spain. I didnt know that there was also a French side of this culture as well. In Perpignan the children are also taught to speak catalan although it is less prominent. The French part of the Catalan empire was signed over to France in a treaty in the 17th century.

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Argeles Sur Mer

Here I did a see side hike to another town. Beautiful views
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After I came into the beautiful town of Collioure

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After this I headed to the city of rose: toulouse
Toulouse was interesting both due to its magnificent red buildings but also its history. The city of Tolosa was around during the Roman empire and allied itself with Rome. I went to one of the museums there which displayed hundreds of Roman tools and artifacts. I tried to capture the redness of the buildings but I feel it was much more red than in the photos.

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Finally I headed to Limoges to spend a night. It is a smallish city in central france of 120 000. There are many cathedrals and a long and interesting history.

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And with that i high tailed in my bla bla car back to paris!

Posted by Gotti 14:37 Archived in France

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