Here is a story of our weekend and all that we saw. We walked on a boardwalk along the Costa Brava. We stopped at a little city with narrow streets and gorgeous hilltop views.
We also stopped at some Greek and Roman ruins. Said to have first been built decades before Christ, this ancient fishing village, where they caught and conserved fish, was only ten or fifteen meters from the sea. This is Raquel, Anna, Savanah, and Damaris.
Scott snorkeled with Jordi (Raquel’s husband) in the Mediterranean. The water was cold but clear. Besides the hundreds of little fish they saw, they even saw two small octopi and a bright orange starfish.
The views were beautiful! Scott and I hiked a bit on Sunday. There are trails connecting all of the little towns–a bit like Cinque Terre (but less touristy). L’Escala is a wonderful little spot that is full of city-dwellers taking the weekend away from the hustle and bustle.
Full of the tastes of the sea, paella is the perfect camping food. I love watching this family make it, and it was fun for Scott to try it for the first time! This version had rice, chicken, mussels, shrimp, squid, shellfish, artichoke, and onion in a tomato and squid ink sauce.
On our way home, we stopped at Girona, which is both a Catalan region and the largest town in that region. With the water, bridges and colored buildings, it feels a little reminiscent of Florence. It was a wonderful little town. Our host family told us it was very traditional Catalan, but for us it felt classic European. Lots of arches, winding streets, open cafes, live music, and overgrown vines.
For this week only, they were having a flower festival, so there were interesting art pieces made of flowers all over the city. It was a great way to see the city too because the old baths, churches, etc. had flower displays open to the public. It was a great finish to a great weekend!