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Pals, Costa Brava

(Wednesday 1 September 2010) by Jill's travels
We are now in Spain staying in a place called Pals which is part of the Costa Brava Region. We have had a very busy couple of months in terms of family and friends visits and Sites/Roads full to capacity. Combined with what we think was probably food poisoning and an incident with the caravan, we can’t believe it is now 1st September and our Summer is coming to an end.

Before leaving France we met up with friends Tim and Helen who stayed at ‘Camping California’ in Le Barcares just 6 miles from where we were. It was great to see them and meet their family, we hope they continued to be pleased with the Site.

I have put photos of the beautiful areas of Cabanyes in Les Gavarres. Our friends Penny and Paul had rented a villa nearby – I have to thank them and their family for a great day on the beach and a really lovely evening. Couldn’t resist including a photo of Ava and Jack. Our friends Lynn and Dave have recently left us, they flew in and out from Girona Airport which is about 30 miles away. Lynn hasn’t camped for many years and needless to say, she had a lot of ribbing about missing her ‘bubbly baths’ and posh en-suite however, she called everyones’ bluff and took to it like a duck to water! My lovely camping friend, ha.

Alan and I had previously been to Girona and Barcelona many times and just knew they would be captivated with both Cities. Girona, I would describe as a haven of riverfront properties and alleyways full of typically French style shops and squares. The only giveaway that it is actually Spanish is the tapas on offer in every café and the square isn’t filled with everyone playing boules! We arrived at 1pm and by 2 we had bought a couple of pretty purchases, we sampled the tapas and strolled around taking photos. I hope these entice you to visit, it is the perfect break…….. I must tell you about a little incident which could have turned into a major one, when we returned to the car. We had left the passenger window wide open and a note had been written in Spanish and left on the seat. Immediately we noticed the Sat Nav had been taken and also the keys to every lock on the caravan including the safe. It turned out that the police had been called by a local resident and they had put them all in safekeeping! Lesson learnt. We finished the day on the beach with many Spanish families, enjoying the late sun, had a swim and ended the evening eating paella in a restaurant on the edge of the beach, perfect.

We took a drive to Barcelona which was about 80 miles away. We strolled up the Ramblas had a salad lunch in the square and did the open top bus tour which covers the whole of the City at a cost of 22 euros each, it was well worth it. What is so noticeable about Barcelona is that, it is very lush and clean, it has a mix of being cosmopolitan with its Marina yet cultural having maintained its architecture. The sites are too numerous to mention here, we hope you will get an insight through the photos.

We are here now until the middle of September and are so looking forward to our daughter Charlotte’s visit which we hope will be soon. Overall, it has certainly been an unforgettable Summer, best wishes xxx

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