We are settling in here at Vilanova about an hour outside Barcelona. The park is large and the facilities including open air swimming pools are still open and look inviting. People who we have spoken to appear to be long termers.
We are getting used to getting up in the morning and after the showers we walk to the supermarcat and pick up fresh baguette or croissants, come back and make a pot of coffee and eat al fresco.
We dined out at the on-site restaurant on the first night here. I ordered steak but I think I got the insole of a shoe… Mike ordered the veal escalop and I think he got the heel…. 😣 we ended up €30 lighter and came back to the van still peckish…. So we have decided that we cook and eat in the van unless we eat off site. Never mind.
Heavy rain during the night and when we woke this morning the sky was still overcast, threatening to rain again. The temperature however was warm enough to sit outside in T-shirts and shorts. We had been given some tickets for the local bus into the town of Vilanova i la Geltrú. We caught the bus at the entrance to the site and alighted (get me), and the train station.
We made our way to the marina which has some enormous yachts moored there. This one is reputed to be owned by Kimi Raikkonen, F1 driver.. cannot imagine the cost of this one. We knocked but he wasn’t in at the time otherwise I’m sure he would have invited us in for a Sangria 😁
We strolled along the promenade, under the palm trees with the parrots and arrive at the statue of Pasifae at the southern end. The statue by renowned sculptor Òscar Estruga was created from three tons of copper and is a visual representation of the intriguing story of Pasiphaë. In Greek mythology she was the daughter of Helios and the wife of King Minos of Crete. Poseidon sent Minos a bull as a gift to be sacrificed but he refused, and Poseidon cursed his wife, forcing her to fall in love with the bull. The story gets quite graphic as she had a wooden cow built which she could hide inside and mate with the bull! The resulting offspring was the Minotaur. I am saying no more on the subject but the bulls backside shot was most graphic….
We walked back along the passed and watched the cheeky parakeets (not parrots as I have now found out) flit from palm tree to palm tree. They fly so fast it’s hard go see where they come from. The houses are all different here with striking architectural features.
The Catalans love their Monuments and statues and fiercely political. We noticed more here than in Roses, perhaps because it us nearer to Barcelona. Flags are being hung out of most balconies, the Catalan and ‘si’ flags are neighbours off the Spanish and ‘non’ flags, it must be a difficult time to be neighbours here.
We do notice that graffiti is prevalent over here, every surface seems to be covered with it. I’m not a fan I must admit.
We walked back through the heart of the town but it was gone 2pm and as we now know everyone closes until 5pm. So we walked thoughts deserted streets and closed shops back to the bus station.
Tomorrow we start early… We go to Barcelona…..