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Kiara Gallop  UK Travel Blogger based in #Shrewsbury ๐Ÿ‘ฃ ๐Ÿšด โœˆ Little bit obsessed with cats, cacti, cheese, and Thailand. Currently: Catalonia ๐Ÿ“ท Latest post below

On third day of my hike I walked quiet country lanes where woodland paths connected fields of vibrant yellow rapeseed flowers, and the rugged snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees were just visible in the distance.
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This is the GR-2 trail from Besalรบ to Esponellร .
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TELL ME: where else in Spain should I go hiking next?

I saw more of these than I saw people during my hike from Santa Pau and Besalรบ.
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I'm now 4000 words in (yup, it's going to be a long one!) but my post about my three-day hike through rural Catalonia will be up by the end of the week ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunny spring days are all about tranquil woodland walks ๐Ÿ˜Š
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This shot was taken on my hike from Santa Pau to Besalรบ in the Girona Province in Catalonia. I literally hardly passed another soul all day and the only sounds I was surrounded by were those of running water and birdsong.
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(oh, and occasionally me chattering away to myself ๐Ÿ˜ come on, who doesn't talk to themselves when they're alone? ๐Ÿค”)

When you're hiking it's always important to look behind you, back to where you came from.
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As I walked away from Olot I would've missed this view if I hadn't turned around ๐Ÿ˜Š

It's a beautifully sunny day here in Shrewsbury, I even got picked up from work by the boyfriend in his boat (don't get any ideas of grandeur; it's a scruffy little chug along thing!) so it seems fitting that I should share a nice summery photo with you all today โ˜€๏ธ
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Tall silver birch trees rise above fields yellow with oil seed rape against a backdrop of a perfectly blue sky ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒด ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒž

New post on the blog today about this gorgeous little medieval town on the edge of the volcanic Garrotxa Natural Park in Catalonia.
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I hadn't even heard of Santa Pau before visiting and the only reason I ended up there was because it was the starting point of the hike I was doing to Besalรบ.
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Sometimes the best places really are those totally unexpected discoveries.
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Which amazing places have you stumbled upon recently?

When I was deciding what part of my recent trip to Catalonia I was going to write about first, there was no doubt in my mind that it had to be the picturesque medieval town of Santa Pau.
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I may have only been there for a little over an hour but it was definitely love at first sight ๐Ÿ’•

New post on the blog right now about Morocco's ridiculously photogenic blue town.
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It may have rained heavily the whole time I was there but even in spite of the torrential rain, Chefchaouen was still a delight to photograph.
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If you'd like to have a read the link is in my bio ๐Ÿ˜€ (I don't have enough followers to add the "swipe up" option on my stories ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ)

Well it's pouring down with rain here in England at the moment (I'm currently walking to work in it) and it's reminding me of the two days I spent in Chefchaouen.
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Except that none of the buildings are blue, the doorways aren't anywhere near as pretty, there are no cats around and there aren't rugs for sale everywhere you look ๐Ÿ˜

Why is it, when your plans to go away for the weekend get cancelled, you find it hard to find the motivation to do anything in place of those plans? (or is that just me?)
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That is until around 10pm last night, when I finally felt inspired to continue with my Chefchaouen post. .
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It's not quite finished but i'm hoping I can work on it after work tonight after mum's been round for dinner.

I'm determined to resume my normal posting schedule very soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

A reminder that you should turn every corner and peer through every archway ๐Ÿ˜Š

I've just published a post about exploring Fes as a solo female traveller (link in bio if you want to have a read ๐Ÿ˜€)
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So now I'm on to writing about my next destination whilst in Morocco - Chefchaouen.
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Although it boasts a stunning location at the foot of the Rif Mountains, the real reason Chaouen (as it's known to the locals) has earned its fame because the whole of its old town is painted blue.
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Even in the torrential rain (because, no it didn't stop raining for the entire time I was there) it's a delight to photograph.
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Anything in particular you'd like to know about visiting Chaouen?

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