Friday, September 6, 2013

Weekend getaways

As you know.. Carles loves to plan and not only that but loves to show me his country and more specifically his "state"-- Catalunya.  I am so lucky to have had to chance to be able to take weekend trips to small villages around Catalunya; the same places Carles spent his childhood vacations at.  Our first trip was to Tossa in which I wrote about back in May.  Our next trip was to the south of Barcelona; Tarragona, a small village called Torredembarra! 

Our hotel room view was absolutely incredible! 
The first day was perfect weather however the second day wasn't as nice so we settled for paella and naps bundled up on the beach :) 

Our next trip was back to the north of Catalunya; along the Costa Brava.  Our first night we drove to a town called Empuriabrava.  Some people refer to it as the "Venice of Spain" as it has little water "roads" throughout the city.  We woke up early went for a boat ride through the city and then headed to a famous village in Catalunya; Cadaques to spend the day enjoying the beautiful views and catchin some rays! (As you can see in the string of pictures below) 

(I may not be able to drive a car in Europe but noone ever said I couldn't drive a boat!.. Well they probably did.. But I didn't listen very well) :)

As you can see they are both adorable little cities! 

On our way back to Barcelona we decided to make a pitstop in a small city called Matero because it was St. Joan's day and we didn't have work on Monday.  It was also our last trip before Kristen was going to be here to live with us for 2 months!

I'm sure you're wondering what St. Joan's day is-- it is very similar to our 4th of July just with lots more fire and way more dangerous! (In my opinion) 

This day is very special to them because it is like their 'officially on summer' day.  Everybody goes to a beach town on Sunday evening and spends the evening lighting fireworks on the beach with lots of food, a special Catalan cake, and of course beer and sangria!  We randomly just stopped in this village because we weren't ready to head back to Barcelona yet and it was perfect!  We got a nice hotel room where you could see fireworks from our balcony, got a pizza, grabbed a bottle of sangria and headed to the beach to find a big party with lots of fireworks and even a dj!  It was a very fun first St. Joan's day for me and I loved getting to experience yet another really cool Catalan tradition! 


Our next weekend summer trip was to the north of Barcelona again to go to the Dali Museum in a town called Figueres.  We actually went to a night viewing of the museum and it was awesome! I think it is one of the most unique museums I have ever been to. 


The next day we went and napped on the beach (literally all day long... mmmmm relaxation).  As we were heading back to Sabadell (Carles' hometown) we decided to stop and buy a watermelon to make fun and fruity drinks for that night because we were going out with his childhood friends!  Not sure why decided a watermelon.. But it turned out pretty tasty! :) 


Our last and final getaway trip (just us 2) for the summer was back to Tossa (the place where we took our first trip together at the very beginning of the summer) to relax and lay on the beach for some of the last times. My oh my it was literally a different city than the first time we came... It was hard to even find a spot to lay your towel on the beach vs the first time we went where we were pretty much the only 2 people there! 

However, as always it was an AMAZING weekend and such a great way to spend our last official weekend of summer together.  And we even got lucky again and there was actually a parade and party that night going on in the town! 

Soon enough our books will be in the same language! :)
A dj and party under the castle that night! 

All in all you can see that I have had some amazing weekends exploring Catalunya with my very own tour guide, driver, and Spanish teacher- Carles.  I am so thankful for all of the amazing things, cities, and traditions he has shown me! 

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