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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Girona » Figueres September 24th 2013

September 24, 2013 I am writing this from our balcony overlooking the village of Jerica, Spain. The bells on the clock tower have just let me know that it is 6:15. The bells are what they refer to as the "new bells," as they were installed on December 23, 1622. The town dates back to the Stone Age, but they really start recording things during the Roman period. A Muslim period followed in the 12th century and from that point on, control of the town bounced around. Anna and her husband are down in their vegetable garden gathering greens for our dinner that we will enjoy in a few hours. Tonight we are the only guests at Shariqua - a B&B that I can't even remember how I found. It is off the tourist track by ... read more
Rob and Donna
Calabardina beach in the morning
What could be more relaxing?

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Girona » Figueres December 25th 2010

The day before - as perceived by Nancy It was exciting to ride on the train from Prague to Spain but it wasn't totally full of fun. The first leg from Prague to Zurich went quite well even though the sleeping car was for 6 people not the normal 4 so we were unable to sit up and talk (the headroom between bunks was too low for sitting up). But basically I went to sleep soon after we started and slept till morning. The train station in Zurich was so lovely with a Christmas market and a fantastic crystal Christmas tree that the fact that the temperature was well below freezing INSIDE the station didn't really matter much. The ride through Switzerland was really great with beautiful scenery outside the window all day long. I ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Girona » Figueres December 24th 2010

Ah, to be a child again There are so many things I would like to say about this museum. First it was so much more than I expected. Second I was totally enchanted. Third I ended up sad not to be able to stay longer and buy a copy of their magnificent children's film. The first part of the museum really caught my attention and held me for about half an hour. Someone had made a slide show of hundreds of children from the 1800's to the present with their toys. The pictures were so loving and so compelling. I loved to see pictures of children the age my parents would have been at the time playing with toys that they might have owned. Some I KNEW my mom had owned like the pictures of children ... read more
Toy Museum Puppets
Puppets in their theater
Toy Museum School Set

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Girona » Figueres December 24th 2010

The Fortress of Sant Ferran is the largest fort in Europe. Built in the shape of a pentagon the total length of the wall is 5.6 kilometers. The fort was begun in 1743 to protect southern Spain from the French. It seems they did not get along with each other very well in those days. At the end of the Spanish Civil War it was the last bastion of the Republican forces. As the end of the war neared,several portions of the fort were blown up. Munitions stored in the fort were exploded to prevent them from falling into the hands of Franco's forces, the Nationalists. When we arrived in Figueres, neither of us knew that the fort existed. I noticed it on a map at the train station and asked about it at the hotel ... read more
Arches are always beautiful
The Stable
Long walkway at the parade ground.

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Girona » Figueres December 23rd 2010

Figueres is the birth place of Salvador Dali. Figueres, Spain is very close to the French-Spanish boarder. Its primary claim to fame is it is the birth place of the artist, Salvador Dali. If you know anything about Dali, you know that he was ... well different. He must have been a 'pistol' (American expression meaning a kid who is a lot of trouble to control. Who does the unexpected at all times.) when he was a kid in elementary and high school for he certainly was a very unusual person as an adult. The Dali Museum is located in a building that replaced the building of the former Municipal Theatre. The Theatre was built in the 19th century and was destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Here Dali had a new surrealistic ... read more
Outside wall
Corner of the building
The Dali Museum

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Girona » Figueres December 23rd 2010

Disaster avoided --- just in time. Last night, after putting the berths down so we could sleep, the conductor collected the passports of everyone on the train. This was strange as the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, France and Spain are all parts of the EU and are part of the Schengen states. In our travels in Northern Europe no one had asked to see our passports when we crossed boarders since 2008. We had no choice and gave him our passports. The train was about fifteen minutes from Figueres, our first stop in Spain. In fact, we were already standing by the door with our luggage to get off when Nancy said, "Did you check the passports to be sure the conductor gave you the right ones?" "No," I replied. I had meant to, had thought ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Girona » Figueres October 30th 2010

Thursday 21st October 2010 - Trafalgar Day Agde ( France ) to Sant Pere Pescador ( Spain ) a drive south through the wine growing country of the south of France. Villages with names familiar on supermarket shelves at home - Corbieres and Fitou . In addition to the normal wine, olive oil etc. on sale direct to the public other services were widely on offer which appeared oddly out of place amongst the vine lined route. Passing through one village we were invited by a large sign to visit the Cave de Clappe ( I kid you not ) but decided to decline not knowing what we might find or catch ! Arrival in Spain was through the busy French border town of Le Perthus which appeared to be doing a lot of trade in ... read more
Birthday Cake ?
Mixed Kebab - yummy

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Girona » Figueres June 8th 2010

We left Cadaques by way of the Parc Natural. The entire area is a coastal plain, with some 100 different species of birds having been spotted at one time or another. it turned out to be a very nice drive with no traffic at all. Our next destination was Figueres described as humdrum by Lonely Planet, except for the Teatre Museu Dali...which they say is worth every minute...good enough for us. Now I've heaard of and even seen some of Dali's work, but not prepared for this is wonderful! Salvadore Dali was born here in 1904 and although he had traveled quite extensively, went back to his roots to convert an old burned out municipal theater into his museum. It truly is a stage for his incredibly imaginative work, which is extensive...I don't know when ... read more
Capone cadillac
Photo 4
Nude woman more evident in person

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Girona » Figueres April 20th 2010

Today was my last day at Barcelona. It wasn´t very eventful, and probably for the best, because I am pretty travelled out at this point. I prepared for my 2 hr train ride to Figueres by going to a giant bookstore my old hostelmate told me about and buying Cathedral of the Sea, a historical novel about Barcelona by Ildefonso Falcones. Of course, after purchasing this book, I realized that I had missed the train I was preparing to take, meaning I would have to wait an hour at the train station... good thing I had the book! The train ride there was terribly squished. I think it was packed with tourists from the UK and France going in the same direction to take another train to go home given how all planes and most trains ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Girona » Figueres March 27th 2010

Saturday was more medieval towns and a stunning beach. I'm sorry to say I don't even remember the names of each town. But we took a picture of one town map so we know that one. Our main destinations were the Gala castle, where Dali's love of his life lived, and then on to Figueres to the Fundacion Dali. (this museum/theater is the largest surrealist object in the world!) And for beaches, we went to one with a big rock in the distance that we kept seeing from Begur. So for today, the pictures can speak for themselves! And this is just a tiny fraction of the pictures we took - as usual, there was a feast for the eyes every minute!... read more
welcoming committee
first town we stopped at
town square

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