Category Archives: Cadaqués

Surreal Mountain

Ivan and I had the free breakfast at 9:20 am on September 9, 2012. 

We packed everything up and left at 10:10 am.

Ivan started driving us towards Figueres.  We were going there to see The Dalí Theatre and Museum. The drive was 3 hours or so, starting through climbing the mountains out of Cadaqués, then onto aboring regular road.

There was a line for The Dalí Theatre and Museum when we arrived.  It didn’t look that long though.  So, we decided to wait in it – if it became 12 pm we would do the tour which skips the line.  The line moved pretty quickly and we were inside. 

The first room was really big and had a antique car with a big woman on it with an upside down boat with water coming down from the boat. 

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Very strange.

We walked around the cool museum which was really big.  The odd thing was that there were no explanations of the surreal art.  I guess you’re supposed to figure it out on your own.  There was actually a few pieces like 4 or so that had explanations.. not sure why these ones. 

There were other surrealistic artists in the museum as well. 

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There were lots of Dalí’s famous works like the golden bread and Gala Nude Looking at the Sea Which at 18 Metres Appears the President Lincoln

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I thought it was very cool and odd at the same time. 

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The jewelry was also interesting that was created by Salvador Dali.

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I like surreal art since it doesn’t really make sense but it does look cool.

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It was a great museum even though we had no clue what we were seeing.. not sure if that was the point since it’s surreal art. 

The cool thing about the museum is that the whole thing was designed by Dali himself. Apparently the building used to be a theatre which had a bad fire, and when Dalí decided to create a museum he chose the theatre and redesigned it exactly to his specifications.

It was time to get some lunch.  We ate at Creperie Bretonne which was designed by Salvador Dalí. 

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Ivan and I got two gallettes: La Maraichere with potatoes, onions, cod fish with a red pepper sauce and the La Beamelloise with spinach, smoked salmon, goat cheese and grated almonds.  It was really tasty.

We took pictures of the cool car that had a sink put in it. 

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Lil Dave really liked the car since the car has bananas on it.

We started driving again at 2 pm headed towards Andorra.  It was really quiet on the roads, which makes driving very stress-free. Its almost as if nobody likes to drive in Spain, because there would be some moments when we would barely see a single car for over 15 minutes.

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The views were beautiful with the Pyrnees mountains around us.

The windy road up to the mountain village of Bixelsarri was really small – it wasn’t scary because of the drop since there was a barrier.. but I was afraid we might crash into a car that was going too fast coming down the mountain. We really weren’t sure if we were going the right away as the road was very windy with lots of switchbacks and tight turns. Eventually luckily we did arrive at the guesthouse which appeared to be in the middle of nowhere (which is a good thing when you are surrounded by beautiful mountain views – or at least we would be if it hadn’t of been getting dark and pouring with rain!)

We checked in to the Hotel Parador de Canolich.  Our room was spacious and had a lovely view of the mountains. (this picture was taken the next day when the weather was beautiful)

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Ivan and I used the fast internet which is amazing since we were way up in the mountains.

It was time for dinner at 9 pm. We sat in the dining room in the guesthouse, and the mother and son took our order while the father manned the bar.  Ivan and I shared a salad with a delicious honey vinaigrette, cod carpaccio and a mushroom cannoli.  The food was so delicious.

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Dali Dancing

Ivan and I had the free breakfast on September 8, 2012.  We had bread, croissants and tea.  Lil Dave munched on his bananas.

We started walking towards the Salvador Dali Museum House.  It definitely was NOT 10 minutes walking there, which is what the woman in the guesthouse had told us!!  I was getting mad because it was hot out and Ivan went ahead to pick up tickets at a certain time.  The walk was more like 30 minutes from the hotel.  Also, there was parking!  We could have drove here instead!

We had a tour set up with the Salvador Dali museum.  We only had a limited time in each area so I took a bunch of pictures really fast. 

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Dali was very unique and creative.  From his house I figured that he liked yellow flowers (mostly a bouquet upside down), eggs, his wife Gala, the Michelin man and mustaches. 

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There’s a round room called the Oval Room.  It echoed in there and I kept talking and it felt like Dali himself was whispering in my ear.  I didn’t like it. 

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I took my pictures fast and got out.  I felt a bit creeped out in that room.

The pool was my favorite part. 

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He got the inspiration from a styrofoam packaging that came with a radio he bought. 

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The pool was shaped like a penis and balls. 

I really liked the cracked egg you can crawl into.  We took lots of pictures in it.

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There was a big area outside that had a person made out of recycled parts like a tire.  One of the rooms outside had a movie playing (well actually two movies playing side by side) and there was a weird piano inside.

There was a high point where you can view the Christ of the Rubbish which is a Christ made of recycled parts like a boat and rocks.

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We really enjoyed seeing Dali’s house.  After his wife died, he left this house and moved to Castle of Púbol.

I was feeling really out of it.. could have been heat exhaustion. 

We walked around and had lunch at El Barroco.  This was Salvador Dali’s favorite restaurant and he actually designed it.  The food has changed since Dali’s time and is now Mediterranean themed. 

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Ivan and I shared a bunch of mezes: baba ganoush, moussaka, falafel, fava beans, fatte (cheese with walnuts).  Lil Dave got a few banana mezes like banana ganoush and banana with walnuts.  The food was really tasty.  I felt a lot better after eating.  The restaurant has some interesting and odd art all around.

It was back to the hotel where we used the internet and I worked on the blog.

That night, we went out at 9:45 pm. 

We started walking towards the restaurant – Cadaqués is so pretty at night.

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We had dinner at Bar L ‘Estable.  Lil Dave got a few banana tapas.  Ivan and I shared anchovies, tiny octopus in a xanfaina sauce, fried sardines, bread with tomato and tuna, gulas (fish with chili, garlic and quail fried eggs) and fried cuttlefish. 

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We had lovely sangria with our tasty food.  For dessert, we got the taps with rhum flame which was very good – bread with what we think was caramel, lemon peel and rum.

Next, we went to the big square for the Non-Stop Party (yes, that was actually the name!).  It was a mix of pop, dance and Spanish music.  It was very strange since the people dancing were ages 8 years old all the way up 50 years old or even older.  It was fun dancing.

At one point, the stupid DJ kept talking in Spanish or Catalan and wouldn’t stop.  The people were getting mad since he was playing a good Black Eyed Peas song and kept replaying it.  Annoying.. it was like he was telling his life story.. it just seemed that long.  I just wish he’d shut up so I could dance more.

We decided to go back to the hotel at 1 am.

Ivan and I watched a few episodes of Shaun the Sheep before going to sleep.

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Driving through Spain

Good thing we had the ear plugs in our ears because the announcements to get off the boat came on really early at 5:30 am on September 7, 2012.  The cruise ship was in Barcelona, Spain.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 7:30 am.  We got breakfast at the buffet.

When we came back my iJen sign I made was gone.  I got mad coz I didn’t take it down and that one of the housekeeping took it and threw it away.  Ivan asked Aires about it and said I was really mad.  He said they had to clean.  They could have took it off and asked if we wanted it or not.  He said his assistant probably took it and he’d ask her.  I never got an apology which I thought was bad and never got my sign back. 

Ivan and I packed everything up.  We left the Carnival Breeze at 9 am.

We got the bus to the circle in Barcelona.  From there, we got the Metro Diagonal.  We walked to Avis.  Ivan set up a rental car months ago online.  It was easy picking it up.  We got a cute little Citroen C3.  Small cars are very common in Europe.  Unfortunately, the car was manual (stick) so I wouldn’t be able to drive since I don’t know how to drive manual.

We put our backpacks in the car and then we were off to Glories Mall for the Carrefour.  Ivan bought a USB internet stick at Orange. We also picked up some food. 

At 12:20 pm, we started driving.  The GPS was confusing and so were the roads of Barcelona – so we got a bit lost.  We started driving towards Montserrat.

A few hours later, we were at the bottom where the train was to get up to Montserrat.  We parked the car and then took the train up to Montserrat.  It was beautiful going up. 

Montserrat is famous for the monastery and the boys choir.  Unfortunately, we missed the boys choir but Ivan read that it gets super packed when the choir is singing, so no big deal that we missed it.

The views were so beautiful up there. 

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On top of a building, we took some great pictures of the mountains.

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We visited the monastery and walked around. 

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It’s really pretty inside.  The mountains are so lovely. 

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We also checked out the shops.  There were lots of stalls practically selling the same things: fig cakes, cheese and dried fruit.  We got more than our fare share of free samples. Ivan found a shop and bought some baby bell cheese.  We also bought a postcard and a fig cake.  It was time to head back by the train to the car. 

It was time to hit the road this time towards Cadaqués.  Salvador Dali once lived near this little fishing village.  The roads were windy.  I think since we have a small car I feel like all the turns we take since it was making me a bit nauseous.. also, manual seems to be jerky and I’m not used to that. 

We came upon Cadaqués which is beautiful with all the white buildings. 

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We checked in to Hotel Misty.  We used the free internet in the lounge.  The lady at the hotel said that it was 10 minutes to the village and 10 minutes to the Salvador Dali Museum House.  Ivan said should we drive to the museum and she insisted it was really close by and there was no parking.  She gave us a map and a list of events.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I were getting hungry.  The walk to the village was 10 minutes away.  We walked around to find a good place for dinner. 

Dinner was at L’Hostal de Cadaqués.  We got a freebie of pork and a fried quail egg on bread. 

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Since Ivan doesn’t eat meat and I do sometimes I got to eat both of them.  We ordered patatas bravas (Ivan’s favorite), cod fritters, goats cheese salad and monditos with crab and pineapple.  Lil Dave had banana fritters, monditos with bananas and chicken and a banana soup.  The food was really good.

We walked around and found a big square.  There was a table with a few people heating up the rum with lemon peels and some kind of spice. 

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We listened to the music while we waited for the rum to be ready. 

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This place is very authentic since most of the menus are in Spanish, Catalan and French (France is very close by) . There were not many menus that had English on them.  We got the rum drink which was 2 Euros per cup.  It was very tasty and reminded us of mulled wine. 

There was a traditional Catalan band playing the latest hits (I presume) on a stage next to the water.

It was a lovely night out.  We walked further along and found better restaurants than the one we went to.  We were too hungry to walk further though.  We’ll have to check one of these restaurants tomorrow.

We had a long day and were knackered (tired), so we went back to the hotel to get some rest.

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