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Saturday, November 29, 2014

A day in the clouds!

On a long narrow peninsula looking down on the Panta de Sau reservoir is where the 11th century monastery of Sant Pere de Casserres is situated, when you reach the monastery there is a visitors centre, restaurant and toilets which we were very surprised to see! (Where do these people live who work up there!)
We visited Sant Pere on Thursday 27th Nov and also the same day we found another road which took us higher still onto the village of Tavertet from where the fantastic views stretch out in front of you for miles and miles...standing on the edge of the cliffs in Tavertet you are 1,000 metres above sea level in total!

To reach both these places there are some really scary narrow roads weaving all around the mountainsides but the scenery is fantastic once you get to the top! It wasn't an ideal day for taking photos owing to the dark stormy skies but the light was changing all the time so all in all we don't think the photos turned out too bad. We were actually looking down on the clouds at one point, so couldn't see what was below until it started clearing....then what a view it was!

If like me you like to see views of the mountains then there are some fantastic places to visit in Catalonia, but I think the views we saw from Tavertet are the best so far...Just amazing!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Lloret de Mar weather

 These recent photos of Lloret now show that the weather has changed, instead of the bright sunny skies which it seemed would never end and warm temperatures its now turned very cloudy and much cooler. Yesterday (Thurs 27th Nov) there was a massive downpour of rain lasting for about 15-20 minutes, but in other parts of Spain however they are experiencing much worse with severe weather warnings in several places. Today in Lloret we have similar conditions as yesterday and again rain is forecast later today and also for the next few days.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Castell de Aro - Catalonia Village

Away from the town of Playa de Aro on the Costa Brava you will find a lovely old part of the town called Castell de Aro, standing 3km inland on the C31 road we pulled into the village as we were leaving Playa de Aro and what a lovely surprise we got! 

At the centre of the village stands the large Medieval Castle and Gothic church of Santa Maria both well restored buildings, as are many of the buildings in the village some of which date back to the 15th century. If you are ever passing by on the C31 then take just a little while of your time to have look round this village...I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter time in Lloret de Mar

During the summer months in Lloret de Mar everyone is dashing through the crowded streets on their way to the beach or looking around the shops without even noticing just what else the town has to offer, but now the winter is here we have a much clearer view of the true Lloret de Mar! 

Taking a walk through the old part of town and all you have to do is simply look up above street level and you will see some fantastic grand old buildings and balconies....such a lovely change from the modern apartment blocks/hotels etc which have sadly replaced many of these buildings over the years.

The parish church and grounds of Sant Roma.

The fantastic long spacious Lloret beach and seafront view, looking very different to when its full of holidaymakers topping up their tans!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fun Fair for the kids in Lloret

 Just until 23rd November located behind the Royal Casino Hotel in the car park near the Pavello Municipal is a Fun fair for the younger kids in town.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sunny Lloret Today - 19th Nov

Today in Lloret (19th November) yet again we have another beautiful sunny day and with a temperature of 23ºc it seems strange seeing the Christmas tree set in place ready for switching on along with all the other Xmas lights in the main streets around town. Some of the Christmas lights do look very different this year so it will be interesting to see them once they are all switched on, sadly though we are stuck with the same old tree since 2007....surely its time to get a new one!

 Game of chess anyone?
Lovely day for a stroll with the dog, or taking a relaxing drink on the beach, 2 of the beach bars are still open!
While writing this post I've just noticed that its 1,111th post since the start...and I'm already looking forward to taking lots more photos for the next 1,111 posts!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

A day at Besalu

The Catalan town of Besalu is a very popular medieval town which attracts hundreds of visitors every day of the week, they have obviously heard what a beautiful place Besalu is! Starting at the bridge crossing the river towards the centre of the town, its cobbled streets lead the way around what must be some of the most well preserved medieval buildings you will ever come across. Excursion companies in the area bring tourists to Besalu from all the nearby resorts, so if you do ever get the chance to visit then I can highly recommend it, you will have a very enjoyable day out and see some of the best Catalan countryside on the way!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lloret Medieval Fare

 The streets were packed last night and there was a great atmosphere in town with the people visiting this years medieval event. Shop workers and stall holders were dressed in medieval type costume, and there were some weird and wonderful characters taking part in the street entertainment shows!