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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 19, 2014: Girona, Spain


A chicken effigy stands guard in the window of an old house, built into the medieval city wall of Girona, Spain. The university town, which dates to ancient times, tore down most of the city walls in the late 19th-century, but a remaining portion forms the Passeig de la Muralla, a tourist route around the old city.


We visited Girona a few years ago, with a NY colleague who is from there; this shot was made while walking the wall with her. Girona has some other architectural notables as well: a bridge by Gustave Eiffel over the Onyar, one of three rivers of Girona and its ancient Cathedral for two.

Pont de Ferro in Girona Spain 




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PHeymont, what happens, directionally speaking, when one reaches the other end of the bridge?  In other words, where does it go from the end of what we can see?  It appears to end, the bridge to nowhere, but I doubt Mr. Eiffel would be so impractical (although I suppose the building at the other end might have been put up after he left town).  Do tell.

The far end of the bridge rests on the wall that is the riverbank at that point; you walk off the bridge, under the first floor of the building, and onto the street. I don't know whether the building was built after or before the bridge, but I'm guessing the building to possibly be older because by the time the bridge was built, there was a greater tendency to run a road along the water rather than back buildings directly onto it.

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