The Beach

The summer adventure continued from Barcelona to Castelldefels, a beach town about 20 min from downtown Barcelona. It was an amazing decision after the sweaty and hot touring of the city. Again I think I booked a great hotel, one of the only ones on the beach side of the road and we had a balcony overlooking the sea…20140727-115349-42829667.jpg

Came in handy for watching the kite surfers one evening…thinking of my kite loving father…

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We also happened to luck into a fantastic local festival on Saturday night. It was incredible with stalls, food, a parade and massive stage set up on the beach to show a play of the local history, complete with music and fireworks…

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Further down the beach a classic beach rave was going on. It was actually quite cool with DJ beats while one guy played the electric violin and another a sax…

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I enjoyed Spain but I have to admit I was excited to drive back to France where I could at least understand the language a bit better and be back at our friend’s holiday home for the third lucky year in a row…stay tuned

Summer Holidays

Well, the holidays are in full swing and John and I have been in the UK and Spain so far. Unfortunately, John’s father is not particularly well so our plans did change somewhat but we have carried on knowing he is in good hands. We were in the UK for a week and were able to go up to revisit our old home town of Harpenden. It felt a bit bizarre to be back but homey as well…

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I found quite a few teacher gifts for the end of the year (most don’t get out until the middle to end of July by the way!) I fancied this one…

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Amidst hospital visits we were able to take Johns mom to London for a morning of visiting. We had never been to the “Welcome Museum” across from Euston station, very near my absolute fav building St. Pancras. It was a neat museum of “curious medical history”. FYI, the gift shop and café were quite good…

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We happened to hit an unusually hot British summer day and St. Pancras looked stunning…

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Of course I got a new Cath Kidston bag…

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On Monday last week we left the UK and flew to Toulouse in the South of France. We rented a car and headed towards Barcelona. I’d never been and have been told many great things. On the way there we took the Pyrenean route through the small country of Andorra, gorgeous!…

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In John’s early paddling days he helped with the slalom at the ’92 Barcelona Olympics. The course was in La Seu D’Urgell and we were able to stay in this beautiful town for 2 nights. It was a sleepy town with a stunning ancient cathedral and we lucked into being there on a Tuesday which was a market day…

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John even got to paddle…

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I found some interesting crafty shops as well. There were quite a few little sewing shops for such a small town…

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It was here that we first really understood Siesta time, as the streets were deserted from about 1-5. Then you couldn’t even think about eating dinner until 8:00 when the restaurants reopened. Most don’t eat until 10:00. I had some nice truffles one night…

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Before we left John insisted I pop into a building by the hotel to check out the most bizarre box of rubber bands. It appeared to be some sort of art installation…

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The drive was again beautiful out of the Pyrennes towards the coast and Barcelona…

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Lots of tunnels and cyclists later we arrived in the city. Stay tuned for that adventure tomorrow if the internet works!…