The Sahara and Us Morocco 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hola Espanya!

The next day we headed for Perpignan, a larger centre in the SW part of France. After leaving it we were soon on the coast and then into Spain. In prepping for the trip DK travel guides had mentioned about Cadaques, and then Rick Steves had mentioned it to. Well the peninsula that it is on  is an extension of the Pyrenees mountain range. And by 1:00 pm we arrive in Port de la Selva, a quaint fishing village on the Costa Brava. We check into the Cal Mariner which I had found and walked the small village. Very pretty. Later we would have our first siesta and then out for pizza, with egg, and later a gelato. Just a perfect day. The bike has been running great, French drivers are fantastic even when they make a mistake, and the roads here are first rate. It is pure heaven to be touring by bike here. Then end of another perfect day was just sitting outside on our balcony watching the sun set, and night life develop. Life is good!

The next day we headed out to San Per de Rodes, a monastery high up in the Pyrenees overlooking Port de Selva. What a spectacular view.  The 8 kms up were a spectacular array of switchbacks and the ride back down hard on the wrists due to the steepness of the road. Thank goodness for the Vstrom since the road had deteriorated into gravel in spots which left us with a comfortable feeling knowing the bike can handle it, 

Don Peres Monastery

Next on to Cadaques, on the other side of the peninsula. Cadaques was the home to Salvadore Dali another Spanish artist. The church there had a spectacular alter, and the walk around town very much a feel like Vernazza. Bought some salami and some bread sliced and ate out in the town square before heading out to Barcelona. As we came down out of the mountains that are part of the peninsula toward Roses, the beach at Roses stretched out for miles. It was quite pretty to see, the blue Med stretched out in front there. 

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