Some sunshine was the order of the day, much needed by yours truly after 10 weeks or so of decorating the house whilst Irene was on her Ski Instructors Course, sadly cut short by an inconsiderate snowboarder! She was also in need of a short break, having endured 2 whole weeks of being virtually immobile enlivened only by her schedule of demanding twice-daily exercises to help her knee recuperate from the accident on the slopes.
A quick call to some folk we know north of Barcelona and a quick visit to Ryanair's website, did the trick and, at the end of March we were off to see Trevor & Joan at Casa Nickel, near the small town of Calonge just inland from the rugged Costa Brava coastline.
Their super B&B is only half an hour from Girona Airport, so after a smooth journey, we were sampling a drop of local plonk on the patio overlooking Palamos Bay. We had the canopy out, though, not to protect us from the sun but from the rain!!
This corner of Spain is notable for its superb, dramatic coastline, far removed from the typical image of the Costas, its verdant greenery brought about by its four distinct seasons and for proudly speaking Catalan - though the locals are kind enough to help when we try out our rusty Spanish on them!!
It is also, of course, the home of Dali and it is well worthwhile making the trip to Cadaques & Port Lligat. It was here that he made his home, converting a row of lowly fishermans cottages into what is now a very interesting museum full of all the sorts of oddities and eccentricities you'd expect of the man. The delightful views over the peaceful harbour, which he enjoyed each morning are recorded at the bottom of his painting "The Crucifixion" which hangs in the Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow.
Weather-wise, things improved on Day 2, the sun shone & the skies were blue. Because Irene was still restricted as to the amount of walking she could do, on this trip we weren't able to do some of the delightful coastal or inland walks we've enjoyed before, though we did manage a steady paced 7 kms up to the ancient springs near Romanya de la Selva.
Instead, we discovered other attractions we'd not visited before including the delightful gardens at Cap Roig near Palafrugell and the amazing birdlife and wetlands of the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Emporda, near Empuriabrava.
As usual though, we enjoyed savouring the friendly atmosphere and the simple but very tasty fare in a local Tapas Bar as well as celebrating Irene's birthday in her favourite local restaurant El Pla at Palamos, where, despite the fact that we'd not been back in 4 years, the waiter remembered us, or at least pretended that he did. Such a pro!!
After 3 relaxing and very enjoyable days, Ryanair did their stuff again, getting us back to Prestwick on time, batteries recharged for our re-opening on 4th April!!!