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    A Surreal Trip to the Dali Museum

    by amapola66 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Car That Rains Indoors

    We spent a day in the Catalan town of Figueres to visit the Dali Museum.
    I had been here before, when Dali was still alive, but I wanted to take the Small Person and looked forward to seeing it again.

    The Salvador Dalí Museum is the permanent home of the world's most comprehensive collection of the renowned Spanish artist's work.

    The Dalí Theatre-Museum contains a wide variety of works which portray the artistic trajectory of the Empordanese painter, from his first artistic experiments — Impressionism, Futurism, Cubism, etc. — and his creations within Surrealism, until the works of the last years of his life.

    Adults and children alike are fascinated with exibits such as 'the car that rains idoors', 'Mae West's lips', Melting clocks, (and not forgetting) Ants! Dali's fine art, jewelery collections, sculptures and all manner of surreal objects to feed the imagination are all on show. You can't really take it all in on one visit.

    Highly recommended. and The Small Person loved it too.

    It is around 10 € entry
    Senior citizens, students: 7 €
    Children under 9 are free.

    Open until 7.15 pm in the summer
    and
    5.15 pm in the winter

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    Footpathes

    by LanaFromRiga Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the view to the sea

    The best way to see all parts of the garden is to take a map with walk scheme. The map you can find near the main entrance. There are many cactuses near the main entrance and you can buy one or too for your home botanic garden.

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    Goethe in the gardens

    by angiebabe Written Jun 22, 2008

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    This pretty pond display with quotes from Goethe is an interesting feature in the garden.

    There was a postcard for sale in the shop with this on it which I chose for nieces as with the European or Continental addition to it makes it rather an interesting opportunity for some cultural input.

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    Markets along the Blanes promenade/high street

    by angiebabe Written Jun 21, 2008

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    When I was dropped in to the town centre of Blanes - which is the main street that runs along the beach - the Monday I was there there were lots of caravans all the way along with market stalls and lots of people at them either looking or doing a rapid sort through what was there on offer.

    So ?Monday is market day or is it all week?
    Anyway there was a lot of stuff there in amongst them - I wasnt there to shop and the sunscreen I needed needed to be highet than the factor 12 that one stall had for sale!

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    Watch out for the photo touts at Murimurtra

    by angiebabe Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    Going about ones own business trying to see the sights at the botanic gardens I was sort of suddenly caught of guard by some commmanding instruction to 'come this way' - when I did straight ahead a red parrot caught my eye while at the same time from around behind a corner of foliage a white parrot was put on my shoulder by the assistant of the guy with the commanding voice while he suddenly told me to smile for the camera!!

    So off guard to resist its a somewhat psychological ploy? to play on the tendency for tourist to have the desire for a souvenir factor with one self in it I guess - at the exit to your visit around the gardens the 2 in question have a stall displaying the photo taken - one being an A5 sized photo and the other - a set in resin or some plastic to make a longterm keepsake dish - already made up possibly a hoped for deterent to say no - both at I regarded rather expensive 6 euro each.

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    See the waterlily pond complete with turtles!

    by angiebabe Written Jun 21, 2008

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    Well actually Im not sure if to be exact whether these creatures are turtles or tortoises! but they were together here at the waterlily pond - one basking and stetching out looking very happy in the sun - and the other trying to get up and out the side of the pond and eventually looking happy to swim off in the sunsoaked pool.

    Rather lovely waterlilies reminding me of course of Monets lilypond at his gardens in Giverny, France!

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    Get closeup shots of exotic flowers

    by angiebabe Written Jun 21, 2008

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    beautiful 'Birds of Paradise'
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    Being a botanical gardens - and with an objective of the founder being the promotion of greater knowledge of the world of plants - this is an excellent place to learn more about plants, their origin and communities and get the opportunity to take closeup shots of flowers that take your fancy.

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    Get beautiful views of the Costa Brava

    by angiebabe Written Jun 21, 2008

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    The Murimurtra Botanical Gardens are in a spectacular position up on cliffs and hilltop overloooking the blue blue waters of the Costa Brava.

    Good views looking north and some to the south to the beach of Blanes can be obtained so along with the lovely collection of flowers and plants in the gardens there is doubly good reason to head on up there on any visit to Blanes!

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    See Cactii in bloom

    by angiebabe Written Jun 21, 2008

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    There were a number of different cactii in the gardens - many of them were in bloom and it was lovely to see the flowers - the variety of colours and shapes!
    Very pretty and a joy to get some nice close ups of them - an excellent place to do so - at the Marimurta Botanical Gardens of the Costa Brava.

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    See Cactii in bloom

    by angiebabe Written Jun 21, 2008

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    There were a number of different cactii in the gardens - many of them were in bloom and it was lovely to see the flowers - the variety of colours and shapes!
    Very pretty and a joy to get some nice close ups of them - an excellent place to do so - at the Marimurta Botanical Gardens of the Costa Brava.

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    Visit the Marimurtra botanical gardens

    by angiebabe Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    A highlight of Blanes is the Marimurtra botanic gardens up on a hilltop above the port at the northend of Blanes beach, taking visitors along the cliffedges with beautiful views of the Costa Brava.

    I enjoyed about 2 hours here which included a sit down at the outdoor cafe in the middle of the gardens for a 1.50 euro caffeine fix. There is a 'Bus Botanic' that runs 20 minutely from Place Catalunya which is in the town centre next to the beach and runs up the hill for 2 euro return or 1.20 euro one way.

    Entrance to the gardens is 5.50 euro and a brochure with plan of the pathways and plant zones is provided.

    To quote the brochure 'The Marimurtra Botanical Gardens, declared by the Catalan government as a Cultural Asset of National Interest was founded by Carl Faust, an enthusiastic German amateur biologist, with the idea of creating an international centre of scientific research in Blanes.

    Covering some 4 hectares at the heart of a property dominated by Mediterranean woodland, it is one of the most improtant botanical gardens in Europe. It is divided into three areas- subtropical, temperate and mediterranean - where a total of about 3000 species of plants are cultivated. Apart from communities of native plants, various vegetation groups or plant communities from the 5 continents have also been developed.

    The Garden belongs to the Carl Faust Trust, a private institution, which also administers the Mediterranean Biological Station. The objects of the Trust, apart from maintaining the various collections of living plants, seeds and herbarium, include the conservation of endemic and endangered flora, as well as imparting greater knowledge of the world of plants.'

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    Be on the beach at Blanes

    by angiebabe Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    The Costa Brava begins at Blanes and heads north to France with its mix of golden beaches and crowded modern resorts. Blanes has one of the longest beaches on the Costa Brava.

    Its a sand made of fine shell rather than pure sand but the beach and water looked free of rubbish. Noticed beach showers for washing off and a few wooden boardwalks for easier access.

    You can walk across the sand to the rock and on up to the top of it where the official beginning of the Costa Brava is marked.

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    L'Escala

    by amapola66 Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Views from La Punta, L 'Escala

    L'Escala is a holiday resort and fishing port at the southern end of the Golf of Roses.
    I have had some great times there in previous years and wanted to re visit on the way back from Figueres, to see if it had changed at all.

    I found the town, still genuinely appealing. It has a lowrise rule and has a slight 'dusty shanty town' quality that I rather like. Although the southern end is rather built up, there are still plenty of unspoilt spots to enjoy.

    Whitewashed streets all lead down to the fantastically rocky coastline and beaches. It did not seem to have changed much. Mind you, we were there on a wet and chilly March day, so it wasn't over-crowded.

    Driving through L' Escala up towards Punta Montgo, (amazingly, I still had a good memory for the roads and it had been some years). It still looked exactly the same. Out of season, looking rather barren, I think KB & the Small Person wondered where on earth I was taking them!

    Up this end, there are a series of tunnels built into the rocks, I think used in the 2nd world war, and the views of unspoilt beaches stretch all the way to Estartit. We climbed out of the car and took some pics of the lovely landscape and coastline - Shame it was such a drab day, but it was very exhilirating up on the point, in the wind and rain, and lovely to return.

    L 'Escala is known for its fantastic sardines and delicious local anchovies (best fried). The towns proximity to the important archeological site of Empúrias which lies just a couple of km north, is another considerable attraction, as is medieval Sant Martí. The beaches there are totally awesome, I would like to go back there in the summer. Shallow bays are shaded by pine trees. This beach can be popular with wind surfers and I have seen the weather suddenly change from hot and calm, to a raging electrical sandstorm (Early Sept) - so even though the little bays are like swimming pools, it is good to be aware of this.

    Got back from this visit and wrote a song, so the place is still inspiring !

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    A trip to Girona

    by amapola66 Updated Sep 13, 2005

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    Within Girona's medieval walls

    As we had so much rain during this visit to Catalunya, we did alot of trips in the car to different places, caught up with some culture, ate alot and revisted some old haunts.

    One such trip was a day in Girona to meet some friends off the plane. We made the most of it by going early, having a good stroll around the city and having lunch.

    The city of Girona is a walled city of Roman origin and located at a strategic point on the route between the Pyrenees and Barcelona.
    The city has much to see in the way of a Cathdedral, art & archaeology and an ancient Jewish quarter (El Call). The River Onyar divides the city from west to eat, most visitors spend their time on the east side in the old medieval part of the city.

    The Rambla, the main shopping street, bursts into bloom on Sunday mornings for the flower market. Shops and cafés bustle beneath the great arches. To the right is the labyrinth of lanes, alleys and stone steps of the Jewish quarter.

    We had a very enjoyable climb up the steps in the the narrow streets behind the cathedral within the city walls. The view over the city, and indeed the whole plain, is breathtaking.

    There are plenty of bars and restaurants and we had a very strong Carejelio (black coffee, usually served in a small glass, with alcohol which is like rocket fuel) in a simple cafe on the way back to the car.

    A great spot for some photography.

    Extra Tip :
    One Carajelio is good
    Two - only if you really must
    Any more are bad for your heart.

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    Mar i Murtra botanical garden

    by KleoScanti Written Aug 31, 2005

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    Mar i Murtra

    If you stay in Blanes, you must visit Mar i Murtra botanical garden. It's a really beautiful place itself, with many plants and flowers from different countries (about 6.000 species), plus there are several view points, from where you can take wonderful pictures of the sea and the town.

    To get there, take a bus from Placa Catalunya.

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