So this weekend and the next, Tarragona goes Roman crazy with Taracco Viva festival. All around the town various Roman talks, spectacles and demonstrations are taking place and the museums were open until 1am last night and were free which was an added bonus.
Yesterdaya whole group of us all piled into the Roman Amphitheatre to watch a re-enactment of a gladiatorial show which was fun and fortunately the weather improved at the last minute (there was an hour of rain literally just before).
As you can see my camera wasn't so good for close-ups so the following unmarked photos below belong to my friend and work colleague Joe Wilsdon, who is fortunate to have a much better camera than me and has kindly allowed me to exhibit them. Gives you a better idea and flavour of the show.
Here the crowds are shouting for life or death...(I had a rather passionate boy sitting next to me scream 'MUERTE!' at the top of his lungs...ah children are so innocent and charming!)
And death was delivered...
There was a lot of speaking in Spanish and I hope next year I'll be able to follow things better.
On the Rambla they were also parading these:
....which all looked very serious and regal until I got to the front and discovered this cartoon cat character... Tee hee hee! Only in Spain!
And we stumbled upon some Castells taking place too in a nearby plaza. One family sat on a step with their pet rabbit next to them happily nibbling on a carrot, watching this take place!
So it has been a weekend of spectacles all in all. I have to say it is hard to get bored in this place...xxx