Saturday, April 30, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Bit of a mouthful isn't it? Montserrat is a serrated mountain close by and in honour of this day, I will repost from one of my other blogs. Approaching the Virgin of Montserrat.
However, Albert's mother's name is Montserrat and we have a couple of friends also named after the mountain. Typically people made a big deal out of their 'Saint Day' rather than the birthday around these parts, but lately the birthday has taken precedence. Jett and I popped over for a few minutes earlier to give Montserrat a present and we will celebrate the day on Sunday. Today it's impossible as its a Barca/Madrid game playing.
Anyway, congratulations to our Montserrats!
Photo: Our Montse.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Today is Easter Monday. For the last few days the cake shops have been displaying monas, the Easter Cake of Catalonia. Today we went out for coffee and people of all ages were carrying their cake boxes full of mona. The photo above was taken just outside the church and shows three different sized boxes. Very cute. Like little ducks.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Today we visited the spa here at Peralada. It was small and intimate compared to our last visit to the Caldea Spa in Andorra, but we had a very relaxing time. It had 8 stops in the circuit. There were hardly any people and I had the changing room to my self. The resort is also well known for golf and wine treatments. Now on to Girona for dinner. Lovely day with no rain in sight.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Take a look at last years post on the Symbolism of St Jordi. It's very unusual this year as it falls on the Easter Weekend. The people I have spoken to about it are unhappy about it. They say it doesn't feel right and somehow ruins the day for them.
Friday, April 22, 2011
So, after the Romans and Jesus there were several large floats that were rolled or carried by. The one above got the most attention. It was called the Macarena. A lady sang with sincerity and everyone was clapping and/or crying. It was full of emotion and bossy old ladies. Now time for Tapas and wine at Las Vegas.
It's Easter Friday. We're on the way to Manresa and we've stopped off at Cardona. It's famous for the salt mines, the castle, and some medieval buildings. The only shop open today was the Easter Cake shop. Here they call it the Mona. Oh, and the Church was surprising beautiful inside!
For last year's Mona post.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
We came to the church and there was a mass in Spanish with lots of South American people attending. Outside people are gathering and children are running around with palm fronds, some decorated with tinsel, bows and ribbons. There's another mass at 12 in Catalan. I wonder how many people will turn up for it.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Well, the lights are still out, so I'm writing some posts from todays pictures. Everyone else has gone to bed, except poor Albert listening to the radio on his phone. I can tell by his breathing that he's nervous. Today we took a day trip to the closest beach to Granollers. It was great weather and our guests even got sun burnt. We sat out in the sun with beers and olives. The sea was blue and the sky suddenly free of clouds. Later we ate at a great restaurant called Margarit. Great if you love fish. Also strong Sangria! Over all a great day apart from the power cut. Darkness over Granollers.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
We got up this morning and went straight over to the famous spa Caldea. It was across from our hotel. It was fantastic. I've never been to such a place before with steaming jets of water pointing at every body part and little rooms with delicate aromas and saunas and we could swim outside with the high peaks above us. Lovely and highly recommended! We wanted to go hiking this afternoon but a storm broke out and we started driving home earlier than expected. We were pulled over by the toll police but as we were not over the limit, there was no problem. Now we're driving through a gorgeous gorge close to a rapidly flowing river.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
I didn't realise how messy my notes were until the head teacher wanted to take a look at my 'plan'. I like to 'wing it', or at least feel like I'm winging it. It helps keep me interested in what I'm saying if there is an impulsive feel to the talk. I have rough notes to glance at if I need to in moments of silence, otherwise its just 'Tiffy Talking'.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Today I came to eat at this restaurant. Above is the number to call to ask any questions. It has many vegetarian options and it always tastes fresh and delicious.
Kate wrote about the Baalek too, and has some great pictures of the food if you're interested.