A Day in Vic

You may have realised we’re in Barcelona with Emily and Miquel, looking forward to the Three Kings arriving tomorrow. But yesterday, we left the Big City, caught a slow local train, and trundled off to the foothills of the Pyrenees, to Vic, 45 miles away.

The Romans knew Vic. The bridge they built here is in daily use. There’s a temple too.

The early Christians knew Vic. An important bishopric was established here, and a seminary, the basis of the present university. It was the most important market town in the area. This was the mediaeval town we’d come to see.

Look! Here’s the busy Market Square.

I’ve taken this photo from one of the covered arcades, built tall enough to allow a man on horseback to ride there. Many town doors are big enough to allow this horseman through.

Nowadays, Vic is assertively Catalan. If you look, you’ll see banners on the buildings supporting their political heroes. Slogans are everywhere.

But here is the Olive Tree of Peace. Hang your hopes here.

Most of my photos are in my camera. Here are phone snapshots of our walk round this delightful untouristy town, going about its market day business.

Jo’s Monday Walk

21 thoughts on “A Day in Vic”

  1. As well as the lovely town itself, you’ve captured that cold, frosty brightness which we have seen so little of here so far this winter. It looks a beautiful town, steeped in history and passion.

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  2. That old bridge is fantastic, and I like the notion of the olive tree to hang your hopes on. I looked up Vic as I had never heard of it before and read the Wikipedia entry. It noted that after Vic was destroyed by invaders in 788, eventually a quarter was rebuilt and “it was repopulated by Wilfred the Hairy in 878”. Well he must have been a busy fella!

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  3. A lovely (if cold) walk Margaret. I thought the doors really interesting altho I must admit I’m not a fan of the political posters😫. VIc looks quite charming and Barcelona is a favorite spot. Hope you’ll be sharing some of those images as well

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  4. Three Kings, we call it Epiphany in the States. is probably my favorite of the twelve days of Christmas. And…oh, to have an Olive Tree of Peace! I might need to visit Spain for a walk on Epiphany one of these years.

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  5. That’s a delightful set of images for what looks like a delightful town. And, I am always impressed to see our Continental friends with their politics, posters and passions – reminds me a little of those singing folk from Yorkshire. 😉

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