Costa Brava, Spain

Costa Brava, Spain



The French Escapade tour began and ended in Barcelona, with the remaining time in Calella de Palafrugell, about 130 kms NE along the Mediterranean coast, not too far from the French border. It's part of what is known as the Costa Brava. 

 You are definitely aware of being in Catalonia, which is again making moves to get some form of independence from the rest of Spain, marking their National Day on 11 Sept by forming a 400 km human chain across the region. Even the cuisine in Catalonia is distinctively regional. 

The tour group was led by Jackie Grandchamps, and the tutor was Sandy Delahanty, who, like all the 10 group members other than Anne, is from North America.

There was so much to see and do in Barcelona. There's even a suggestion that another and longer visit will be required! Perhaps the most dominant landmark is the Sagrada Familia basilica, designed by Antoni Gaudi, whose idiosyncratic style is in evidence all over the city. The project started in the 1880s, but it is still incomplete. Although best known for its "honey-comb" spires, Anne was particularly impressed by the interior light effects, examples of which can be seen in the Barcelona Photo Gallery (tap/click on the image above). 

Barcelona is the birthplace of José Carreras and Monserrat Caballe.

Directly across the road from Anne's group's hotel in Barcelona was another Gaudi building, the Palau Guell, the roof of which features some of the exotic chimneys for which he is famous. Imagine opening your curtains each morning to be greeted with this ...

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Calella da Palafrugell

CALELLA DE PALAFRUGELL, and specifically the Hotel Mediterrani, was the base for most of the course, but there were several excursions to nearby towns, such as Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dali, and also the restored medieval town of Pals.

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