Costa Brava, April 2003
'The rain in Spain was mainly in my brain', or what was that musical line? Anyway I was lucky to have stunning weather in April in the
Costa Brava. And you can't take that for granted. A 930 mile long long long drive to get there by car, but I wanted my own
transport so I mustn't complain. The destination was Playa Pals where Arie and Hely have an appartment and invited me over.
From the terrace at the seaside you have a good view of the Islas Medas. The islands at Estartit where lots of scuba divers go for kicks.
On the right is a view from the terrace at the other end,lovely pool in the garden of the complex but it wasn't quite warm enough yet to use it to my taste.
Just a stroll away are ricefields (not yet sown in April) and vineyards. The vineyards are on a very small scale and judging by the look of the
stems they must have been there for years and years. It must be interesting to see how these look in September. Maybe another year.
I spent a day in Barcelona. What a fantastic city! I am certainly not a lover of architecture but you just have to admire
the sheer audacity of Gaudi. So surreal and so.... Disneyworld!!! I think. Never been to Disneyworld. So see for yourself.
Obviously the modern fishlike shape at the boulevard has little to do with Gaudi, it stems from the recent Olympics.
In and around Playa Pals there are a fair number of golfcourses. In Playa Pals itself you'll find 'Golf de Serres' that
opened 3 years ago and of course the Pals golfcourse.
The latter is a fantastic golfcourse where the PGA-tour plays the annual final qualifying for the European Tour.
In other words it is not bad. Even if you just like manicured lawns and pretty trees you must agree it is very scenic. Arie
and me had a fun round of golf with a german couple. The pic on the right is the old town of Pals. Very well preserved. It
may not all be old (I suspect) but it is all in contemporary style. Shades of Toscana!
Hopefully I'll be back next year.