Girona (2005) IMG_1123I flew to Girona from Rotterdam Airport. This is the view shortly after take-off.IMG_1152Snow in the Pyrenees.IMG_1169I stayed in an apartment in the Carrer de l'Argenteria, a shopping street in downtown Girona. The apartment also housed other visitors to the university, but I had a double bedroom all to myself.IMG_1164View down the Carrer de l'Argenteria from the apartment's front window.IMG_1165View down the Carrer de l'Argenteria from the apartment's front window.IMG_1178Night view from the kitchen window: the Basilica of Saint Felix (Església de Sant Feliu).IMG_1180The Basilica of Saint Felix during the day.STA_1181-1185Panoramic view of the Onyar River (Riu Onyar) from the kitchen window.IMG_1186Evening walk through downtown Girona: the Pujada de Sant Domènec stairs towards the Agullana Palace (Palau dels Agullana, at the arch) and the Church of Saint Martin Sacosta (Església de Sant Martí Sacosta).IMG_1189Evening walk through downtown Girona: the Agullana Palace.IMG_1191Evening walk through downtown Girona: view back down the Pujada de Sant Domènec stairs.IMG_1202Evening walk through downtown Girona: another "street", called the Carrer de l'Escola Pia.IMG_1207Evening walk through downtown Girona: the Basilica of Saint Felix (Església de Sant Feliu, left) and the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona (Catedral de Santa Maria de Girona) seen from the Pont de Sant Agustí bridge.Cathedral of Saint Mary of GironaEvening walk through downtown Girona: the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona (Catedral de Santa Maria de Girona) seen from the Pont de Sant Agustí bridge. 3.2s, f/8.0, ISO 50 on a Canon PowerShot S60IMG_1234The toy store at the ground floor of my apartment building.IMG_1236The Carrer de l'Argenteria shopping street, looking south from in front of my apartment building. In Catalan, an "argenteria" is a silversmith.IMG_1238The Carrer de l'Argenteria shopping street, looking north from in front of my apartment building.IMG_1240The Quatre Cantons, where the Carrer de l'Argenteria meets the Carrer de les Ballesteries (Crosbow Street, left) and the Carrer de la Cort Reial (Royal Court Street, right). Straight ahead leads to the Plaça del Correu Vell (Old Post Office Square?). The Quatre Cantons is at the southeastern end of the Call Jueu (Jewish Quarter).IMG_1241The Onyar River (Riu Onyar), looking north from the Pont de Sant Agustí (Bridge of Saint August).IMG_1247The Pont de les Peixateries (Fishmongers' Bridge), seen from the Pont de Sant Agustí. This bridge, also called the Pont de Ferro (Iron Bridge), was built by Gustave Eiffel, better known from the eponymous tower in Paris.IMG_1249Rear facades of the buildings along the Carrer de l'Argenteria, showing some great diversity. My apartment building is the fifth one from the left.IMG_1250The Basilica of Saint Felix (Església de Sant Feliu, left) and the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona (Catedral de Santa Maria de Girona) seen from the Pont de Sant Agustí.IMG_1251The Carrer de les Ballesteries (Crosbow Street), looking north from the Quatre Cantons.IMG_1253The Plaça del Correu Vell (Old Post Office Square?). Back during the time of the Roman Empire, this was the location of one of the primary gates into the city.IMG_1254The Carrer de la Força (Street of Strength?), looking north from the Plaça del Correu Vell. The Força follows the old Roman Via Herculea (Hercules Road), an important route between the Iberian peninsula and the rest of Europe.IMG_1257A little further down the Carrer de la Força.IMG_1259The Carrer de Sant Llorenç seen from the Carrer de la Força.IMG_1260The Carrer de Sant Llorenç (Saint Lawrence Street).IMG_1262The Carrer Lluís Batlle i Prats, looking south from where it meets the Carrer de Sant Llorenç.IMG_1263The Carrer Lluís Batlle i Prats, looking north from where it meets the Carrer de Sant Llorenç. The tower in the background is the cathedral.IMG_1265The Carrer de la Claveria.IMG_1266The southern end of the Plaça dels Lledoners.IMG_1267The Plaça dels Lledoners with the cathedral in the background. The building to the right of the cathedral is the Episcopal Palace (Palau Episcopal), dating back to the 9th century. It currently houses the Museu d'Art de Girona, with collections of medieval and modern art.IMG_1270A tiny park on the east side of the Plaça dels Lledoners, backed by the Episcopal Palace and the cathedral.IMG_1273The Carrer de Bellmirall.IMG_1275The Carrer de l'Escola Pia, another street consisting entirely of stairs.IMG_1278The Carrer de l'Escola Pia passes through a medieval wall.IMG_1280A medieval tower in the Carrer de l'Escola Pia.IMG_1281The upper half of the Pujada de Sant Domènec, seen from the edge of the Plaça de Sant Domènec.IMG_1272The Plaça de Sant Domènec (Saint Dominic Square) seen from the Carrer dels Alemanys (German Street). The building on the left is The Eagles (Les Àguiles), originally a 16th-century university. Further back stand the 13th-century Saint Dominic Monastery (Convent de Sant Domènec) and a 14th-century Gothic church.IMG_1282The Plaça de Sant Domènec seen from the other end, with The Eagles on the right.IMG_1283The the 13th-century Saint Dominic Monastery (Convent de Sant Domènec).IMG_1288This structure at the western corner of the Plaça de Sant Domènec is part of the Porta Rufina, one of the city gates back in Roman times. Some of the original Roman masonry survives near the bottom.IMG_1289Close-up of the original Roman masonry.IMG_1297The 13th-century Saint Dominic Monastery and the 14th-century Gothic church.IMG_1290The city wall seen from the Plaça de Sant Domènec. To the left stands the Eagles, to the right the Saint Dominic Monastery.STA_1291-1296Panoramic view of the city wall near the Plaça de Sant Domènec.IMG_1299Girona's city wall. The round tower dates to the 11th century A.D., while some parts of the wall itself go back to the 1st century B.C.IMG_1300Part of Girona's city wall.IMG_1301Looking to the northeast from the city wall.IMG_1302Looking to the east from the city wall.IMG_1303Looking to the northwest from the city wall.IMG_1315Looking to the southeast from the city wall.IMG_1308More bits of city wall.IMG_1309The 13th-century Saint Dominic Monastery and the 14th-century Gothic church seen from the city wall.IMG_1310The 13th-century Saint Dominic Monastery and the 14th-century Gothic church along the city wall.IMG_1312The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona (Catedral de Santa Maria de Girona) seen from the city wall.IMG_1313The 11th-century wall tower from nine photos ago.IMG_1316Girona's city wall.IMG_1317The cathedral and the city wall.IMG_1318View from the city wall across downtown Girona.IMG_1323The Onyar River, looking south from the Plaça de Catalunya. This is the road I follow from my apartment to the university.IMG_1324The Onyar River runs underneath the Plaça de Catalunya.IMG_1325The Rambla de la Llibertat shopping street, which changes into my Carrer de l'Argenteria a few blocks down.IMG_1326The Rambla de la Llibertat shopping street, which changes into my Carrer de l'Argenteria a few blocks down.IMG_1327The Rambla de la Llibertat again, but now at 8:45 on a Monday morning.IMG_1328The Plaça de Catalunya across the Onyar River.IMG_1329Bike lines in Girona often lie on the left side of the road. This bike lane is somewhat separated from other traffic, so it's not so bad. Without that separation, which I've seen several times, it goes against my instincts to have the slower cyclists on the left and the faster cars on the right.IMG_1330I follow the Onyar River for about half of my commute to the university.IMG_1331It's hard to tell, but the bike lane lies in the middle of the road here. Maybe that's to discourage cars from overtaking cyclists on a narrow stretch?IMG_1332It had to be imported by car, presumably from the Barcelona area, but we had some snow in Girona this morning!IMG_1333This modern-looking church stands near the point where I leave the Onyar River for the remainder of my commute to the university.IMG_1334A bit of abrupt start and end to these bike lines. Or is the zebra crossing meant to be part of the bike lane?IMG_1335The Avinguda de Montilivi runs from the Onyar River to the University of Girona. The road is uphill for most of the way.IMG_1337More car-imported snow in Girona. Last night saw temperatures dip to -5 ºC, which is unusually cold for this area.IMG_1338The Faculty of Sciences (Facultat de Ciències) of the University of Girona (Universitat de Girona), covering such fields as mathemathics, physics, chemistry, biology and geology.IMG_1339The Faculty of Sciences (Facultat de Ciències) of the University of Girona (Universitat de Girona).IMG_1340Interior view of the Faculty of Sciences building.IMG_1341Interior view of the Faculty of Sciences building.IMG_1342Interior view of the Faculty of Sciences building. This hallway houses the Intitute for Computational Chemistry (Institut de Química Computacional), which I visited for five weeks.IMG_1343My desk in the guest office.IMG_1344Me at my desk.IMG_1593The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona (Catedral de Santa Maria de Girona), with the bell tower and the Door of the Apostels (Porta dels Apòstols). Construction of this door started in the 14th century (along with the rest of the church), but wasn't finished until 1975.IMG_1595Adjoining the cathedral is a 12th-century cloister, with a trapezoidal garden surrounded by these covered walkways. The walls and pillars are decorated with biblical and other designs.IMG_1596The cloister's garden with water well. The cloister dates back to the 12th century and was built in a Romanesque style.IMG_1597IMG_1598The Tower of Charlemagne (Torre de Carlemany) was built at the same time as the cloister. Two centuries later, the Gothic cathedral was built alongside the Romanesque tower.IMG_1599The cathedral seen from the cloister garden.IMG_1600The cloister garden walkways.IMG_1602The cathedral occupies the same site as an old Roman temple. Construction of the cathedral started in the 14th century and took two hundres years to complete. The nave spans 22 meters and is the widest Gothic nave in the world is 22. The Baroque façade and the neoclassical bell tower, both seen here, were finished in the 18th century. The stairs were built in the early 1600s.IMG_1608The Basilica of Saint Felix (Església de Sant Feliu).IMG_1612The Basilica of Saint Felix seen from the eponymous bridge across the Onyar River.IMG_1643This roundabout is an odd one: it does double duty as a parking lot and buses are allowed to go the wrong way around.IMG_1644Bus L8 demonstrates that indeed it does not have to go clockwise around the roundabout.IMG_1764The The Rambla de la Llibertat shopping street around 7:30pm.IMG_1767The The Rambla de la Llibertat shopping street around 7:30pm.IMG_1772Three bikes without a seat. For some reason, theft of bike seats is a common occurrence in Girona. It happened to me twice in the span of four weeks.IMG_1813The Carrer de Ferran el Catòlic (King Ferdinand Street), just north of the cathedral. Behind the wall on the left lie the 12th-century Arab Baths (Banys Àrabs), modeled after the Roman counterparts.IMG_1814Exterior of the cloister attached to the cathedral.IMG_1816The Arab Baths (Banys Àrabs).IMG_1817The Passeig Arqueològic, east of the Arab Baths.IMG_1821The Passeig Arqueològic.IMG_1819The Passeig Reina Joana alongside the city wall.IMG_1820Girona's city wall.IMG_1823The city wall and cathedral behind it.IMG_1822The Abbey of Saint Peter of Galligants (Abadia de Sant Pere de Galligants).IMG_1824The former Galligants River, which used to drain into the Onyar River.