Return to Barcelona

Free little library in Cadaques

Street in Cadaques

Vance backs our car out with NO room to spare and the help of three coaches. Miracle!

One last Gaudi: Casa Battlo

Interior staircase

Rooftop

House next door is very cool also: part of the Block of Discord

Buqueria mercado

We ran into a food fair by the cathedral

Onward for $35 to London!

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Rock Scramble Hike to Cap de Creus

We thought this would be an easy one and a half hour hike to the lighthouse, but it was a rocky, treacherous journey through the wilds of the Costa Brava. At the end we had to rock scramble to the top and were terrified, but we survived to celebrate at the top!

Confidently heading out

Costa Brava

Dali’s art was inspired by these rocks and algae patterns

First rock scramble at the falling rocks sign!

Here’s where the trail ended! We had to rock climb our way out!

Our triumphant celebration at the top!

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Casa de Dali

Casa de Dali

Dali and Gala’s bedroom

A sleeping giant

La piscina

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Cadaqués

We love Cadaqués! We’re here in the off season, and so there are few tourists. The town is a white town, reminding me of Greece or Puglia in Italy. Our Airbnb is on a tiny pedestrian street. Finally, after backing out of alleys and circling the town, Jan and I got out, and using her Waze app as a compass, we found it! We wandered all around and had a lovely dinner at Casa Nun, owned by a charming couple since 1979. After dinner, Jan and I walked around the bay and discovered an amazing acoustic guitarist at Cafe Habana. He was playing Suzanne by Leonard Cohen and then songs in Catalan. He plays every night at ten, so we are going there tonight after dinner at El Pescador on the terrazza.

Jan + Cadaqués

Our favorite aperitivo: Aperol Spritz!

After a Euro for the light box: Santa Maria

I love how they paint the utility panels.

I love this shot! Cadaqués parking spot

On our balcony

Our lovely dinner at Casa Nun

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Tossa Del Mar

We drove out of Barcelona yesterday and headed for the Costa Brava. Oh, but the day before, after Park Guell, we went to the Picasso Museum, bought local meat and cheese from the market at Santa Caterina, and saw a flamenco performance at Palau de la Musica! It was amazing. We had fabulous seats in the lower side balcony, and you could feel their heels and the singing and music reverberate through your whole body.

Early Picasso works mainly! Less Cubism.

Photos out of order: Tossa Del Mar

We found a wonderful bar at the very top!
The museum mostly focused on Picasso’s early work and not his Cubism. Whew!

We bought Jamison Iberica, the specialty, and local cheese

Flamenco concert, but we weren’t allowed to take photos.
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Gaudi!

Casa Mila

Judas’s kiss: Sagrada Familia (another artist)

Interior of Sagrada Familia

From one of the towers

Park Guell

Park Guell

Park Guell

Casa Mila

Block of Discord

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Barcelona with Vanderbilt friends

Jan decided to join us on our trip two days before and totally surprised Laura and me! We are having so much fun as we did in the dorms. We walk MILES every day as we’re in the perfect location. We’re also seeing the sights and eating great paella 🥘.

Jan surprises us!

In the Gothic quarter with Jordi

With our cute guide, Jordi

Older Catalonians dance traditional dances by and he cathedral

Santa Caterina

Con Jordi in the Gothic Quarter

Palau de la Musica

Paella in Barceloneta at Barracca with beach view!
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