Calella - loads of older narrow shopping streets

Trip Start Apr 10, 2013
Trip End Apr 14, 2013

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Where I stayed
H·TOP Amaika Calella
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
old church, market area

Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Thursday, April 11, 2013

1st Full day here. Hotel in Calella was in the new development where there are many holiday apartments, hotels and a few cafe/restaurants and mini-marts and even a small Macdonalds
Our hotel was right at the edge of the divide between the old town - on the new town side of a sort of dividing line formed by the road to the sea front of the main national road that goes through the town.
Our first day was spent just strolling the beach, (seeing how the sand was), and NOT going swimming in the see (seeing how the temperature of the water was). We went all the way to one end of the beach, then returned to the hotel to try out the swimming pool. It didn't seem to be a heated pool but was not as cold as the sea and was actually enjoyable after some vigorous swimimming to acclimatize the body to the temperature.
Then we went  to have a midday snack and some Sangria at an outdoor cafe (it was a bit windy so we were grateful that this cafe owner had a seated area with some polythene gazebos to sit under.)
We decided then to explore the narrow streets in the town and find the railway station to get info on the trains to Barcelona for the day-trip we were planning the following day.
Well wives being wives and of the opposite sex, it goes without saying that the window-shopping became full-time shopping and deals were being struck before I knew it, the Euros were getting counted, calculations made while we stopped at ice-cream shops on the way to our destination of the railway station. Once we got the information a carefully hatched plan appeared for the return walk to the hotel (about a 20 minute walk through the shopping area as we had gone a bit further after leaving the train station). This plan was to visit the various shops to complete the deals for handbags, jackets, shoes, souvenirs etc etc. but soon the plan started to crumble as it was evident that none of the shops for kids clothes, a part of the grand plan, were actually open, even though we had discovered a shopping street with even more shops than we already found. Ah, I then recalled about Spanish Siesta closings - 'til about 5 pm ( but for some reason I still cannot work out, doh!,  I explained this detail of Spanish culture to my Asian wife, who particularly gave her attention to the bit when I mentioned the shops would re-open later, thereby sealing my fate for the remainder of the afternoon, so I beat a retreat to the hotel and left the ladies to their business, hoping that they would bring enough Euros home to get us around Barcelona the following day.
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