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Friday, July 06, 2012

The Honeymoon: Argeliers to Barcelona

This post is a bit out of order because I haven’t told you yet about our amazing bike trip along the Canal du Midi with Darren and Julie. But I’m longingly thinking of Barcelona this morning so I thought I’d share how we got there.

Friday, May 25

Friday is flower market day in Beziers so Julie, James and I set off in the morning for the market and a coffee.

Market day

Flower Market in Beziers

Just after lunch we headed out for Casa Pairal in Collioure, which is a small beach resort town along the Mediterrean.

Casa Pairal

Water walk

Collioure, France

Boats

After our first swim of the year in the ocean, we had a lovely dinner at a restaurant Julie recommended. The chef was Japanese and each dish was a delightful morsel, wonderfully presented.

Collioure, France

Collioure, France

Delicious wine

Walking around Collioure at night was warm and reminded me of hot summer evenings in Manitoba.

Collioure, France

Collioure at night

The next morning we had a swim, breakfast in the garden, where we enjoyed croissants, jam, fruit, ham and eggs. Then we set off for Figueres, Spain.

Collioure at sunset

Collioure

Casa Pairal in Collioure, FR

Casa Pairal

Look, the Med

Leaving France > Spain

Leaving France > Spain

Entering Spain

Entering Spain

Figueres is the home of the Dali Museum, which was our afternoon stop. What a place!

The main entrance and building itself is remarkable with huge Mother Goose eggs and golden sculptures. Then inside the front entrance is a look into the atrium.

Dali Museum

Dali Museum

Dali Museum, Figueres

Entrance to Dali Museum

Entrance to Dali Museum

The most remarkable thing about Dali’s work is the number of different medium he experimented with, plus the number of different senses he put into play with moving parts, optical illusions, sound, scent and I’m sure taste was in there somewhere.

Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, ES

Dali Museum, Figueres

Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, ES

Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, ES

Mae West room

Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, ES

Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, ES

Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, ES

Dali perfume

Post museum visit, we had a quick bite to eat then were on the road to Mataro, which is about 30 minutes outside Barcelona. Although there are three city beaches in Barcelona, I’d read that Mataro was more spectacular.

Mataro, ES

The Ibis hotel where we stayed is on the edge of the action, the far edge. There was a big street festival going on during our first night and also a circus so we wandered through the streets into the downtown looking for a place to have dinner.

Mataro, ES

The funny thing for North Americans in France and Spain is finding somewhere that will feed you between 6 and 9 pm. Most restaurants are closed or don’t do dinner service until 8:30 or 9. We did find a butcher shop with a lunch menu and back garden who was also serving tapas and drinks.

in Mataro. Great tapas in the butcher's garden.

in Mataro. Great tapas in the butcher's garden.

Between my beginner Spanish, the waiter’s Catelan and some show and tell, I was able to order us some amazing tapas. My favourites were these little fried sausages and breaded balls of meat.

in Mataro. Great tapas in the butcher's garden.

in Mataro. Great tapas in the butcher's garden.

in Mataro. Great tapas in the butcher's garden.
There are a ton of unique tasting proscuitto.

Sunday, May 27

Since it was our last day on the road before hitting Barcelona, where we stayed put for 4 nights, James and I went for some beach time in the morning, had a terrible breakfast/lunch in the fast-food joint of our hotel, then made our way into Barcelona.

Mataro

James working out

Mataro

We dropped our car off at the airport and took the Aerobus into the city, jumped on a subway and arrived at our totally sweet penthouse apartment.

Aerobus

Arriving in Barcelona

Sweet Barcelona apartment

James enjoying our Barcelona flat

Sweet Barcelona apartment

Sweet Barcelona apartment

Sweet Barcelona apartment

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