We love our hosts! Vicens and Jeanette own the apartment we’re renting in Girona. They have provided us with an astounding place to live (remind me someday to tell you about the hot tub that shoots fountains in the air), and yesterday – quite to our surprise – they offered to take us on a drive to the Costa Brava, the “rugged coast” of northeastern Spain. Thirteen hours of unremitting wonder!
Here’s the medieval town of Pals, renowned for its ancient towers and cobblestone streets, all fully restored. Click or tap any picture to enlarge.
Pals is also home to acres of ceramics – jars and jugs and lamps and vases:
Begur has 4,000 year-round residents. In the mid-summer, it swells to 40,000. Only the original 4,000 were there when we visited:
We had lunch at Hotel Trias in the port town of Palamos:
Calella was our last stop, where we stirred up some craemat, made with rum, triple sec, cinnamon, lemon, and coffee, all set afire, stirred for exactly twelve minutes and consumed – slowly – over good (and broken, in four languages) conversation.
It was after dark when we headed home; a light rain required umbrellas.
¡Muchas gracias, Vincens and Jeanette, para el día muy romántico!
I’m so happy you have discovered this part of the Costa Brava in such a great company : discovering new people and exotic new drinks !
This is the best way to really discover how people live !! don’t forget to visit the village on the Costa Brava )near you) where Salvador Dali lives and his amazing museum in Figueras. I’m waiting for your entry about this visit which will make me me really nostalgic of the time I had my house in Laroque-des-Albères on the French side. Today os a quiet Sunday in Portland for me thinking of you.
What a gift this blog is !!
The Frisky Geezer said:
Mapi, you’re such a good friend! Figueras is only a few minutes away from here on the high speed train. We’ll be going there soon.
Bernie Casey said:
These pictures, and commentary, capture what your adventure is all about — living the dream! Thanks for giving us a little window into it.
The Frisky Geezer said:
Thanks, Bernie. It’s great to be appreciated. And thanks for following the blog.
On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 8:53 AM, The Expat Almanac
What a nice report! We are pleased you like all these places that are special for us! We will organize a new tour soon!!!
Continue exploring and discovering the liltle big things of life!
Muchos besos para los dos!!!
kathy casey said:
All I can say is wow! What fantastic landlords you have…
Oh those street lights. The street lights!!