6 days in costa brava

Trip Start May 06, 2010
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Trip End Aug 20, 2010


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Friday, June 11, 2010



Arrived Sat, after getting our keys
and instructions on how to get there we set off to find our house, we were a
little surprised when we started heading up a mountain and when we were nearly
at the top there was our house.  Its
in what is called ‘urbanization La Riviera’   The house is down from the road level and is accessed
by a shared very steep driveway. The pool is out the front and the house is on
two levels bedrooms downstairs and living area up with incredible views out to
Lloret De Mar and the ocean.

We unpacked then decided to go to
the local supermarket to stock up. Tony went down to the bottom of the driveway
to get the car, he started to drive up but the car didn’t want to do it, it kept
stalling and it’s an auto, eventually after stalling about 10 times he finally
managed to get it out of the driveway.    We haven’t parked it down the driveway since
luckily there is a space for parking on the road above the house.

 

 

 

Sunday 7th June Tossa De
Mar

Into Tossa De Mar we found a
restaurant looking over the beach and had lunch and more Sangria, which the waiter
knocked one glass over Mum as he was pouring it then pulled the jug back and
knocked the other glass over Tony
After lunch we caught the little tourist train around Tossa we got off at
the bottom of the hill to the Villa Vella, the old medieval town of Tossa with parts
of it dating back to the 12th century.  We climbed up to the top of the hill to the remains of a 15th
century gothic church with views out across the bay of Tossa . On the way up we
passed a small café that was playing Julio Iglesias music so Mum stayed there
for a coffee

We went on
to the top of the lighthouse for more views down the rocky cliff and over to a
small cove with a sandy beach. On the way back down we saw Mum and Dad sitting
in the café so we went in for a coffee. Then walked back down through the
narrow streets of the old town looking at the shops on the way.

 

Monday 8th June Barcelona

We drove down to Montgat to catch
the train into Barcelona.  Not sure
where to get off we decided on the station at Catalunya which was a good thing
as we came up above ground we ended up being right where the tourist buses
are.  We grabbed a quick bite at
maccas and headed off on the bus around Barcelona.  We were all surprised at the size of the city but very
impressed with it.  We started off
on the route that took us past the Gothic District and the cathedral then onto
the Marina, port Olympic, along the beach front then up to the Agbar Tower and
onto the Sagrada Familia where we decided to get of the bus.

 

This is one of the most amazing
buildings I have ever seen so many things to look at, we sat down out the front
and had a coffee and looked over the temple tossing up whether to go inside, we
finally decided that we would and I am glad we did as it is even more amazing
inside, you could spend a whole day in this place there is so much to look at.
We caught the lift up to the top of one of the Towers and from here you find yourself
in a maze of spiralling staircases winding down the towers with little windows
that you can see out across other parts of the temple and Barcelona.  They are still working on this temple
from the original plans that Guadi had left and they are trying to finish it by
2025.

His creativity and imagination was
just incredible and we are just so lucky to be able to see it come to
life.  

We left the temple on closing and
caught the last tourist bus around Barcelona and back we were just out the
front of La Rambla and it was packed with people.  We were all a bit weary and as it was dark and we were not
sure when the last train out was we headed for home.    Would love to come back to Barcelona one day, I
think you really need a week here to see the whole city.

 

 

 

Tuesday 9th June Blanes
Botanic Gardens

We headed for Blanes to the Mar i
Murta Botanic gardens. The gardens extend out to the cliff tops of the
coastline and have plants from all over the world even Australia.  They had a very tame cockatoo and
parrot that they were placing on every ones shoulders for photos, very strange
seeing a cockatoo in Spain and of course instead of saying hello he said
Hola!  

After the gardens we headed into
Blanes walked a long the beachfront where there was a small market and found a
place for dinner

 

Wednesday 10th June
Girona

When we woke up we couldn’t see the
sea we were surrounded by clouds its been pretty cloudy the last few days, it
is still warm but it has been raining on and off and not warm enough for a swim
so we decided to drive inland today and went to Girona, about 1 ¼ hours
away.  We had a look around the old
part of town and some of the shops that were open. Dad found a barbers and
decided to get a hair cut so while Mum stayed and looked after Sarah Tony and I
went for a walk around to look at the cathedrals and the old town we walked
around the back of one cathedral and came across another beautiful cathedral,
‘Cathedral of Girona’, and climbed the stairs to the top.  The cathedral was open to visitors so
we went in for a quick look.  It
was incredible inside, the ceiling must have been over 100 + feet high and
around the walls of the inside were small Chapels for the Saints.  Unfortunately, we were not allowed to
take photos inside.  We left Girona
and headed for Fenels for dinner were we found a restaurant under the hotel the
Mum and Dad had stayed at with June and Bill on another trip.  We all had beautiful meals, more
sangria, more paella, followed with ice cream see the photo of Dads huge
dessert.

 

 

Thursday 11th June La
Bisbal d’ emporda Corca and drive along the coast from platia d’aro to tossa.

The weather not to good again so off
for another drive, there is so much to see in the Costa Brava area and we have
only touched on a few places. We headed up north and inland a bit to a place
called La Bisbal and stopped at a Castle that has been changed into a hotel and
restaurant, very nice.  The man
that owns the castles Great Great grandfather was a veteran of Napolean’s army
and he kept all his diaries, this enabled him to create a massive model replica
of the battle of Waterloo, with over 2000 lead soldiers.  I tried to take a photo but it was just
too big so I took a few small photos He also made a model of the castle that
displays the castle being taken over by the Knights Templar (Christian army).  The castle dates back to the year 1301,
it would be a lovely place to stay they have extended the castle to add more
rooms for the hotel but you can stay in the original rooms of the castle and
the restaurant is in the castle and they have a bar downstairs in what was the
old wine cellar of the castle and a small chapel. After a coffee and a look
around we went for a drive to Corca (another old medieval town) but didn’t stop
as everything was closed for siesta. So we drove back into La Bisbal and had
something to eat, I decided to try the Catalan sausage, bad move, not quite
sure what was in it, I got my monies worth as it took a few hours to digest and
I think going along the winding roads of the coastline from Platja d’Aro to
Tossa De Mar didn’t help.   
The views were incredible a lot of rocky cliffs down into the sea with
small coves.  

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Val & Mike on

Hi Salisburys,
We are very envious - sounds like you are having a fantastic trip. This blog is great we will keep a watch on where you are,
Love Val & Mike x

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