Short but sweet
07/11/2014 - 07/13/2014 75 °F
Our view in the morning
After our epic traffic jam the previous day, we woke up to a nice French breakfast (lots of bread and jam), a view of the sea, and a drive ahead of us to the country I was most excited about - Spain. Making sure to grab bread, cheese, and wine before we leave France, I cross the border with my 2 beautiful French companions and soon find myself amidst picturesque small towns lining the coast of NE Spain. We stop a few times during our drive down to admire different views, stop at a vineyard, and have an ideal picnic lunch on a resort-like beach. We stop on the road a few times, in roadside wineries, fruit markets, and scenic lookouts. Our progress down to Cadaques is slow, leisurely, and extremely pleasurable.
Always be climbing (look on the right side of the photo)
Beach where we grabbed lunch
The coast of Spain is mountainous, with a few vineyards, and many more groves of olive trees. This made for a relaxing and beautiful drive down the coast, and we made it into Cadaques. Cadaques is known as Salvador Dali’s birthplace, and just a beautiful Spanish seaside town. Without much of a schedule, we wandered around for a few hours, got some food, and then set off in search of our campsite.
The bay in Cadaques
What are these vine/flowers called? They were all over Cadaques and gave the stark white town such great color
A view over the rooftops of Cadaques
When Emilie had originally invited me to come along on this adventure, she had told me that we would be “sneaky camping”. I wasn’t completely sure what that would entail, but I knew it would be an adventure and was pretty sure I would enjoy it. It turns out, that the plan was to drive along the coast, and pick out a public beach where camping was legal, or at least ambiguous. This ended up being tougher than we had anticipated, and we were starting to think we would need to look for a legitimate camping site when we stumbled onto a secluded beach an hour south of Cadaques and decided we had reached our destination.
Sneaky camping, it turns out, is very similar to regular camping, so I led us in the oft-practiced routine of making camp - setting up our tent and getting the stove going for dinner. Dinner was a bit of a challenge. With all of the wind on the beach, it was tough to get the stove lit and going. Dinner was very cheap and basic, but it did the job and 2 bottles of wine always make it go down easier. This was my first time camping right on the beach and there’s a reason that people use “Ocean Sounds” as relaxation music, and the waves combined with the views and the company made for a spectacular night
The view we went to sleep with
Breakfast in the morning
As secluded as the beach was, we were awoken by the police… what’s the tent equivalent of knocking on our door… at about 7 am. They weren’t thrilled with us, but also weren’t that upset. We packed up the tent, but then stayed to cook some breakfast before heading out. Our journey continued down the coast from one beautiful small town to the next, much the same as the day before and we ended up in Barcelona - a city I had been disturbingly excited about for a long time. We had a good, but quiet night out in Barcelona. The next morning I had to say goodbye to my beautiful French friends as they headed back to France, but before they took off, we were able to go and see Guell Park, a wonderfully unique park designed by Antoni Gaudi. If you don’t know much about Gaudi, look him up OR make sure to read my next blog entry, haha. This park was originally conceived as a ritzy playground for rich people to build fancy homes, but that idea never took off. It is now a public park where the majority of it is free to enter, but the most famous areas, including the famous animal mosaics that have become a symbol of Barcelona, cost money. We wandered around the free area for a while until Emilie and Noemie had to get going. It was sad to see them go, but I was so excited to explore Barcelona.
Pics from Park Guello:
This photo doesn't show much except out the Park is up on a hill and offers some great views of Barcelona
Such unique structures with a classic touch of Gaudi
This looks a little like the candy house from Hansel and Grettel
This is inside the paying area, so I didn't get up close, but it looks really lovely
See you next time!