And amazing beaches.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Valencia: Home to Tapas, Street Lined with Orange Trees and Cheap Bottles of Ribera del Duero for 2€
And amazing beaches.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
We've left France but not before spending two amazing weeks, first in Marseille then in Ceret.
Ron has proven to be tour guide 'Excellent'. Our locations have been great - with wonderful side tours.
Ceret was a wonderful location - cherry capital, home to art, entry to the Pyrenees, Saturday market that snaked all over the village with tempting purchases including our new hats, and a great place to venture to the three Dali locations - Port Lligat, the Dali home for 60 years, Figueres, the Dali Theatre which he also designed and is buried at, and Pubol, where he moved after Gala died, and where she is buried.
All three amazing Dali creations - and both Port Lligat and Pubol are amazing locations.
As George Orwell said, "...Dali is a good draughtsman and a disgusting human being."
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Dali's home, built over a couple of decades, and certainly expanded well beyond that time, sits in a spectacular cove and further isolated from the mainland by a single lane ( maybe lane and a half) tight mountain road.
Portlligat is actually a small fisherman's cove a few coastal bends from the small of Cadaques.
With this magnitude of natural beauty and geographic isolation, high in Dali's intent, its easy to see an artistic fountain emerge.
Two more day trips will focus on Dali before we head furthe west into the heart of Spain.
Stay tuned, tomorow, Saturday is market day here in Ceret. Many treats anticipated.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
And going up and down from our apartment. The mornings we start out wandering the fish market at the dock - a daily event.
Then off to the old section of town to an art exhibit of Picasso, Margritte & Warhol and a walking tour. Another amazing day a of sites and sounds.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
After our lack of sleep we had little energy to do much in Berlin for our short evening stay - a 4 am wake up call for our flight out of Berlin. But we did take a walk around. We revisited the East Berlin - Ampelmannchen - the little traffic light man.
And it was our first adjustment back to European living - showers with half doors - (just try to keep the floor dry), no washclothes, light switches only on the outside of the bathrooms, different mechanisms for flushing toilets for every one that you visit, first floor is now the second floor, and that is just day 2.
But we have successfully made it to Marseille - a beautiful city on the Meditarean coast and second largest city after Paris.
We successfully checked into our apartment whbich we rented thru VRBO, first of many to follow. Did I mention that it is a third floor walk-up?
Third day out, we sleep. Apartment in Marseille right above a 'wine cave', otherwise know as a liquor store. Fresh fruits, and ahh so good Roquefort, where have you been? Yes, we did get mesmerized by the array of French cheeses in the local supermarket. Who knows what damages are to come when we find the open air food markets.
Off to explore Marseille after a fit and well done deserved sleep.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
We left Miami in anticipation. Ever heard of 'airberlin'? No? Keep it that way. Seat packed a regulation 8", nose to screen on back of seat ahead, except when seat ahead reclines their allowed 4". Little sleep, oh yeah bring snacks and skip the served meals, bland and starchy at best.
On arrival in Tegel airport, Berlin, we quickly located bus transit to out overnight hotel. Puppy eyes did well and a vacant room appeared many hours ahead of scheduled check in. A few hour nap, first sleep in a day, and a brisk walk about town landed us in seats, beer steins at the ready, for people watching in whatever town this might be.
Perhaps an evening nibble and toast to come, to be followed by a short night's rest before Wednesday's 6AM flight to Paris before a final leg to Marseille.
So far all is well, we've made to the continent, negotiated transit, a hotel, and our first rounds of German beers. Tomorrow a croissant and cafe.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
We will be updating our blog as our trip moves us through the countryside.
Pictures and posts to follow.
Adios por ahora, au revoir, adeus por enquanto, anon