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Published: June 14th 2006
Monument To Columbus
the exact spot where the Queen and King of Spain greeted their hero.
Today we woke up early and went up to the Cevenne Mountain Range... Took a long hike through the river valley and down into St. Jean Du Garde, a very quaint little town where we found one cafe open for lunch, the rest were shut down for the World Cup! There is nooo escape!
This is my last day in France, tomorrow I leave for Rome and the Amalfi Coast. I wanted to follow up with some other pictures I found of Barcelona, the first listed here is the monument to Christopher Columbus that is at the base of the La Rambla and dominates the port of Barcelona. Supposedly on this exact spot, Christopher Columbus landed after discovering the "New World" and was met by Ferdinand and Isabella. If you look closely you can see that Columbus, at the top of the tower, is pointing west. This is also the take off and landing point for all of the ferries that run either up and down the coast or out to the Baleric Islands.
The next photo is of the Church that was a couple of doors down from our Hotel in Barcelona. This church is supposedly where
Columbus baptism Church
Our hotel is down the road from this famous landmark
Columbus brought the 4 Indians from the "New World" to be baptized. He brought them back to Spain to prove to the country what he had found. Can you imagine how those four poor people must've felt!?
Today we went up to the mountains of the Cevenne, made famous by Robert Louis Stevenson, who trekked through this mountain range back in the late 1800's with just a donkey. He kept a travel journal, which later became his second published book, conveniently titled "Travels with a donkey in the Cevennes" ahahahaha... I'm not kidding! It was great, it's been pretty warm so as you can see from the photo's we took advantage of the River Le Gardon at every opportunity. Thank you all for the emails, it's great hearing what is going on, please keep them coming. I should be landing early tomorrow evening in Rome, than will be doing the full-on Tourist Sight-Seeing tour until Sunday when I head to Portofino. So I will be updating you all in a couple of days with lots of pictures of places you've already seen like the coliseum, etc! 😊
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