Acting in a spanish romance

 
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I went on my first proper holiday in years to Spain in September 2016 with my boyfriend. We started in Girona, then went up into a little farm in the mountains for a week, then finished with four days in Barcelona. It ended up being the most magical couple of weeks of my life as my boyfriend became my fiancé on the first day of our trip.

I fell madly in love with Girona and I don’t believe it was just because of the proposal. That happened early on, in the beautiful Parc de la Devesa (beside the most unusual green fountain). We then spent the day exploring the city. It’s small and lovely, with a wonderful old town; a medieval section that is so well kept it’s been used in loads of movies and TV shows, most famously Game of Thrones. There’s a wonderful Cathedral as well as loads of winding, cobblestoned streets. But my favourite discovery of the whole day lay just beyond the old town’s original stone walls.

My fiancé and I both work in theatre – I’m a director, he’s an actor and writer. As we wandered the city walls, we came upon the most amazing little theatre I’ve ever seen. It’s a simple outdoor stage, nestled in between walls made hundreds of years ago. And right in the middle of the stage stood a tall, narrow tree. It was deserted, we had the place to ourselves and it felt totally magical, like it had been made just for us. My fiancée (the consummate performer) got up and delivered some of his favourite speeches from Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett, just for me. We spent about half an hour there, just talking and laughing, taking in the atmosphere and dreaming about the kind of work we would put on in this tiny little theatre.

Girona Old Theatre - 2016

We had to eventually tear ourselves away, and went on exploring the town walls. We only spent a couple of days in Girona, but I’m already looking forward to the day when i get to go back and rediscover those magical locations.

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