SALVADOR DALI & FAR EAST
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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WEATHER: Sunny. clear and cool
Heading north from Calonge we were driving towards France and the Pyrenees and we noticed the snow capped mountains- the snow recently replenished after a cold spell.
Most people go to the town of Figueres to visit the Salvador Dali museum and we were no exception. The roads were busy when we arrived at noon and we queued for the museum car park for 15 minutes and the queue into the museum for another 15 minutes. Not bad at all!
Figueres has a population of 43,000 people and it is where Dali was born in 1904. Dali himself set up this "Teatre-Museu Dali" in the 1960's and the outer and inner building are a sight for sore eyes- eclectic and enthralling!
We spent a few hours wandering around and enjoying the art and the structure; apparently, according to Lonely Planet, the museum is so crowded that people just give up and leave, but today it was busy but still comfortable enough to view all the art.
Next stop was the stunning little coastal town of Cadaques, made famous by Dali who invited celebrities to holiday with him there. Later Mick Jagger was one of the more modern rich and beautiful people who holidayed here.
Today everyone looked like noone but the village is gorgeous- white buildings with splashes of blue set around a bay with a pebble stone beach. On this glorious afternoon we noticed a few people swimming and sun tanning.
During high season this place is brimming and today it looked lively with mostly French speaking visitors.
Far eastern point of Spain is Cap de Creus and since we had visited the far west, far south and far north, we could not miss a stop at this barren rocky place which is the eastern most point of Spain.
The road to the cape is narrow and winding and we were unfortunate to be following a big tourist bus that could not negotiate the bends and nearly ran a couple of cars coming the other way off the road- maybe it was his first trip!
Usually it is wild and windy but today we get to see the calm and peaceful profile. There is not much here, just strangely a curry house and a few guest rooms- we thought you would be so far away from anything that staying here seemed a poor choice.
We spent just half an hour looking around and then headed back down the bends - but heh suddenly the fuel gauge changed from 30kms before we needed diesel to 5kms and we had 10 kms before we completed this winding road and reached Roses, the nearest town. Well we didn't have a nervous breakdown but we were relieved to get onto flat ground; Sheila set the GPS with nearest service station and shortly after the gauge slipped back to 25kms. Must have been the hills!!! Can't tell you how happy we were to find the BP station.
Roses is a bopping city of 20,000 people and just full of hotels and holiday accommodation and not very attractive. Lonely Planet reads that it may have been the site of the ancient Greek city of Rhodes but there is no proof.
Roses claimed some fame, when El Bulli was established 6kms away and this restaurant won "The Best Restaurant in the World" award 5 times and each year about 2 million people would apply for the 8,000 spaces available annually in the restaurant. The chef/owner Ferran Adria would charge 300 euros per person for a meal here but in 2010 he closed the restaurant! \
Well we just got our diesel from Roses and headed back home.