Photo Scoop: Winter Wonderland? Solsona for Skiing, History and R&R

Solsona and the Author

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By Regina Winkle-Bryan

I’ve traveled a ton around Catalonia, but for some reason had never been to Northern Lleida. One crosses Lleida on their way to Andorra, a tiny country between Spain and France big with skiers and those looking for duty free tobacco.

North of Solsona - Llosa de Cavall Dam

North of Solsona – Llosa de Cavall Dam

A couple weeks ago we did a little road-trip up to Solsona, passing the castles and salt mines of Cardona on our way. I was pleasantly surprised by Solsona, a cobblestone village on the foothills of the Pyrenees. It’s gorgeous, and close to ski station Port del Comte. While there was no snow to be seen on the mountains while we were there, it was certainly cold enough for flakes to fall.

Solsona

Solsona

Anyone know what the markings on this door mean?

But there were no snowflakes, just a bright Spanish sun in a bitter winter sky and a lot of good food and peace and quiet.

Take a peek at what Solsona is made up of in the photos below:

Solsona for Skiing, History and R&R 2

Solsona for Skiing, History and R&R 2

Solsona for Skiing, History and R&R

Solsona for Skiing, History and R&R 3

Solsona for Skiing, History and R&R

Solsona for Skiing, History and R&R 4

Bell Tower where locals used to toss live mules from....yeah

Bell Tower where locals used to toss live mules from….yeah

Solsona homes

Solsona is famous for its sweet and savory ‘cocas’!

Solsona : Plaza in front of church – town center

Solsona

Solsona

Solsona for Skiing, History and R&R

Solsona for Skiing, History and R&R

Solsona

Solsona

Solsona center

Solsona center

Solsona's Hotel Sant Roc -Great Spa!

Solsona’s Hotel Sant Roc -Great Spa!

Cool doors in Solsona

Cool doors in Solsona

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4 Comments

  1. Pep Molins
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I see you question what’s the meaning of marks on a door. It’s an old stone that shepherds used to bless the bells of his flock, to protect the animals. (His owner remove it from his original place to prevent theft and placed it in his house)

  2. admin
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    How interesting Pep! Thanks. Is that just in Catalonia or all over Spain?

    Regina

  3. Pep Molins
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry, but I don’t know. I’ve never seen any stone like these anywhere. I just know this because i lived in front of this house when i was a child. I liked seeing the photo on your blog. Thank you.

    Pep

  4. admin
    Posted August 12, 2013 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Pep, this is your village? Wow! What a beautiful place to grow up!

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