Dates of travel – April 18-24, 2017 The train whips through rolling fields of red flowers on the 2 hour ride south to Barcelona, gradually filling with passengers as we approach the metro area. I sit in euphoria from the experiences of the past few days, scanning the hills for more dolmen we may pass. […]Read more "Barcelona for 7 days"
Dates of travel- April 16-17, 2017, Easter Easter morning in Figueres….I ache as i wake and walk around the cool cloudy empty streets. Most businesses are closed. Across from the Dalí theatre, people slip into St Pere (Dalí’s church) for the 9 am service. In the cavernous chapel, voices reverberate…vague hallelujahs, a plain sermon, nothing […]Read more "Easter Roses, Cadaqués, and a friend at the Dolmen (Dalí 2)"
Dates of travel – 25 July – 6 August, 2015 Date of writing – Autumn, 2017 This week i look back to those difficult 10 days i spent volunteering at a well-known reserve deep in the Peruvian rainforest, but did not want to go public about what happened there until now. While staying at the […]Read more "Beauty, Abuse, and Isolation in the Deep Forest – Tapiche Reserve"
It’s cool and rainy as i arrive in Figueres, Catalunya, on Easter Saturday. There are no processions, but eggs line the roof of the pink Dalí theatre museum, and visitors stand in line out the door into the plaza that bears the artist’s name. Salvador Dalí converted this theatre of the town of his childhood, […]Read more "Dalí 1 – Figueres Theatre"
From the red isilines bus on the Via Domitia, a first view of the snow capped Pyrenees brings chills. But those peaks are not where i am going. The transit terminal of Perpignan, down on the warm plain, is the transfer point for travel to Spain and everything else, and also the main city of […]Read more "The most southern wine region in France / Entering Catalonia"
After a fun final night in Marseille with my host and fellow traveler but on three hours of sleep, I depart this beloved Mediterranean city toward Spain with no fixed plans until Figueres on Saturday. My preferred next stop is Avignon, and a ride offer comes by my fellow couchsurfer and her fiancé. They have […]Read more "Crossing the south of France – Avignon, Nîmes, Montpellier, and the Via Domitia"
My middle day in Marseille starts rough, feeling scattered and not eating enough. But olives, dates, and baguette from the street market and boulangerie will have to do, as I’m on a mission for Les Calanques by afternoon. I take my new dress and scarf with the food and head out with my host as […]Read more "Les Calanques – Ariadne and the infinite sea"