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Circ Roma and Old Town in Tarragona Spain

Kim, Katelyn and I will be in Tarragona Spain until Sunday morning. We followed Zach here because he is performing with Kadettenmusik Zug tomorrow morning at the city hall, then marching through the streets to promote the Saturday night concert at El palau, a performing arts center, fully named Palau Firal i de Congressos de Tarragona.

Upon arrival today we had to a wait a while to check in to our hotel so we went out front and caught a tourist train – one of those motorized tourist shuttles. For a few Euros per person, we rode around the perimeter of Tarragona and through the old town past the cathedral.

After our ride and check-in, it was still a bit too chilly to spend time down at the beach of the Mediterranean Sea, so we wandered into a plaza, found a restaurant and enjoyed some paella. This is a typical Spanish dish with noodles or rice, mixed with vegetables and meats.

Once we finished lunch we walked over near our hotel and across the street to the Circ Roma, a museum that guides one through the remains of the the Roman circus that was the site of horse-drawn chariot races. This was located up from the Roman amphitheater and there are other Roman archeological sites at various points throughout the city. We’ll check more out tomorrow. We found out that we are in the city at just the right time to experience some of the Tarraco Viva festivities. This festival is a celebration of the local Roman history, with reenactments and other experiences.

After touring the Circ Roma, we meandered into the old town, checked out a few shops and ended up at the cathedral. During the construction of the cathedral of Tarragona the black plague passed through the city. Construction was terminated at that time, so the cathedral stands unfinished, but still beautiful.

We finished the day by finding our way to another plaza where Zach will play tomorrow and enjoyed a light supper of homemade meatballs and an egg omelette.

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