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Report - - "Ghost towns" of the Spanish Pyrenees. 04/08/08 - 21/09/08. Part 2. | European and International Sites | 28DaysLater.co.uk

Report - "Ghost towns" of the Spanish Pyrenees. 04/08/08 - 21/09/08. Part 2.



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Boldis Sobira and, lower, Boldis Jussa were other deserted villages but again with a few people clinging on, refusing to give up a way of life which had not changed in 100 years. As with many of the Pyrenean people. Day 29.

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This place was in the city of Puigcerda. Day 36. A large city but still full of ancient buildings.

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This is the sanctuary of Nuria. (The Virgin Mary). Day 37. The building looks like a prison but is now a hotel and museum dedicated to a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, found in a cave on the site.

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These buildings and church are the scattered remnants of the town of Talaixa. Day 40. I walked from here for 2 more days, finding only buildings, overgrown by the forest which had consumed the entire region since the land had last been farmed.

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The Monastery of Sant Aniol D’Aguja. Day 40. An incredible 9th century monastery, lost to the forest and visited only by trekkers and Canyoners.

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Macanet de Cabrenys. Day 42. A small town with a mile long street running down the middle of it.

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Sant Baldiri, Day 44, Was a small walled village famed for it’s church. The people are all gone now and the complex has been propped up with red brick in places, but people still journey to the church to worship.

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Mas Alfares was just one of several deserted farms I passed in the remote national park of Cap de Creus on the 44th and last day of my trek.

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These were taken in Figueras while waiting for the night train to take me to Paris, to begin the long journey home. The hotel was derelict but I found no easy way inside.

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This was taken in El Port De La Selva, home of Salvador Daly, a quiet coastal town where I spent 3 days recovering.

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Enjoy and let me know what you think.