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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Roses March 12th 2022

Belatedly finishing my blog now we are home 4 weeks later.. What can I say about Saturday 12th March in Roses on the Spanish Costa Brava. It was WET. Actually it was wet all the way from the top of the East coast of Spain right down to the bottom and in fact the rain which really started in earnest that day (previous showers had just been practice runs) continued for about 4 weeks ruining many Spainish spring holidays. The campsite man had told me it hadn't rained for months and they needed it. i bet he isn't saying that now ! We were expecting rain, The weather map had shown it but it was incessant for about 36 hours. The campsite, which is rarely rained on has a sandy surface with grass in places. Sandy ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Roses March 9th 2022

A long drive today, longest of the trip and Bob really had to psych himself up as still not 100% right after the iffy food of Monday. Not helped by knowing this was not going to be an easy drive. Circumventing Taragonna but worse, Barcelona, can never be an easy drive and it wasn't. The countryside and views especially on the first half of the drive are good with high peaks to the left, west and glimpses of the sea to the right, usually mixed with views of the high rise blocks which fill the coastline. At first the foreground was filled with orange trees, millions of them but they gradually gave way to olive trees the further north we went. We filled up with fuel before we left Valencia and then hit the motorway. So ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Roses September 15th 2017

Issy's feeling a bit better, which is good news. It's raining; my iPad says that it's fourteen degrees outside, and it'll be raining for the rest of the day. We decide that if we come to Europe again next year we need to come at least a month earlier, while it's still really summer. It's probably warmer in Melbourne right now. We think about taking a long drive to the southern end of the Costa Brava, but decide that it'll almost certainly be raining and cold there too and that we should leave this for another day when the weather will hopefully have improved. I thought that people came to live on the Costa Brava because of its warm climate. Fourteen degrees in the middle of the day, in what's still supposed to be summer, isn't ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Roses September 14th 2017

Issy's feeling worse than ever, and if she doesn't improve soon I think we might need to head out in search of a doctor. The chemist should have finished his siesta by now, so I decide to set off before he has a chance to start his next one. Issy's Googled the Spanish versions of the drugs she's after and writes them down so I can show them to the chemist. I hope she's got them from a reputable site; her list doesn't seem to include anything that looks like "el cocaine" or "la heroin" so hopefully I'll make it back without getting arrested. I say a cheerful "hola" to two ladies with buckets and mops who are cleaning the area outside the apartments' garages. Getting the car out and then pointing it in the right ... read more
Canyelles Beach
Canyelles Beach
Cove near Canyelles

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Roses September 13th 2017

Issy's cold‘s still not at all good. She decides to have a day off from being a tourist so I head out on my own. I head up the steep hill behind the apartment in our trusty hire car. Most of the roads seem to end in dead ends; they’re ridiculously narrow which makes U-turns a tad challenging. I pass some workmen digging holes in the road. They’ve barricaded off one whole lane, so it’s a slow narrow squeeze to get past. One of the workmen starts yelling at me. I hope I didn’t run over his foot. I also hope this isn't a dead end. If I’ve got to drive back past him … well I’m not sure I’d come off too well in a fight with an angry workman armed with a jackhammer. The ... read more
Canyelles Beach
Roses from Puig Rom
Roses Harbour from the Puig Rom Visigoth Fortress

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Roses September 11th 2017

We‘re tired after a day of travelling so we sleep in. Issy's cold‘s still not great. We eventually manage to rouse ourselves and set off for the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de L'Emporda, which is a large national park just to the south of town. It comprises a series of wetlands extending down to the coast, and is apparently a haven for bird watchers. We set off along one of the walking trails, which we’re told is a round trip of around eight kilometres. Bird watchers seem to be well catered for - lots of bird hides, in the form of small wooden buildings with slits in the sides so that you can do your observing without disturbing your prey (which in this case probably isn’t the right term given we’re in a national park). Everyone ... read more
Tower, Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de L'Emporda
Tower, Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de L'Emporda
Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de L'Emporda

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Roses September 10th 2017

Today we're heading to the town of Roses on Spain's Costa Brava. We're up early and I head to the breakfast room just as it opens. It's packed with members of a Japanese tour group, keen not to waste a second of the day. I think that perhaps we should take a leaf out of their books and start getting up earlier .... which is maybe why I'm now starting to feel tired and thinking it'd be nice just to go back to bed. Issy's cold's gotten worse. It's still drizzly and gloomy as we head to the station to catch our train to Zurich airport. We pass through the town of Zug .... I'm not sure why but that name just gives me the giggles. We arrive in Barcelona and pick up our hire car. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Roses September 19th 2016

Not far to go today, not far at all. Just round the bay north to Roses and a change of campsite. Packed up and away by 10 and off to Camping Salata on the edge of Roses. Big queue at reception. If we hadn’t booked on Friday we would not have got a pitch today. Just walked round the site and every pitch is full. This campsite only went ACSI this year and not surprised it’s full given it’s location only 10 minutes walk away from a gorgeous soft sand beach and 5 minutes by car from Roses town. We have a pitch in a corner, tucked away, spacious and only problem is the iffi wifi which will probably not be good enough to load this to the blog site. Annoying as the wifi is not ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Roses September 17th 2016

Not a good forecast for the day, lots of cloud and a few spots of rain and that’s what we got. No complaints, we’ve done fantastically well with the weather this trip so far. So a lazy Saturday. Had to check that as we often forget what day of the week it is. Lots of books to read in this Tandy and, heaven forbid we should run out, can always download more via Amazon Kindle which I’ve discovered does work over its 3g even without wifi. We had lunch at the campsite bar. An indulgence. Patatas Fritas. Had some perfectly good healthier options in the Tandy fridge but sometimes nothing but chips will do. We walked them off along the beach. Nothing like a walk on sand for creaky knees, far better than any medication. The ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Roses September 16th 2016

Rain was forecast for early morning so Bob packed the awning away before we went to bed but the rain had not appeared when we left though the sky was pretty dark. Spent a restless night plagued by the mossie bites we’ve collected. Small mossies but with a deadly bite. Managed to get some water into Tandy before we left. Not easy, only tap apart from sanitaire sinks is right at the campsite entrance and even then badly positioned for actual use. Though the campsite is brilliantly located for visiting Arles and has a lovely pool it is sadly lacking in all facilities connected with water. Really more important to build that second sanitaire block than the water slide methinks. The odd drinking water tap somewhere near to the pitches could come in handy to. Off ... read more
and then came the rain
and out popped the sun as we drove past the inshore lakes
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