The Costa Brava

Jamu and I had tickets to travel to Glasgow this past weekend but a certain volcano in Iceland grounded our flight.  We had planned the trip specifically to see an exhibit that Jamu’s cousin Omar is a part of, he’s actually won a couple of awards for it.  It ends this coming Wednesday so the fact that we missed it is the only real nuissance with having our flight cancelled.

Since we had planned to be out of the city for the weekend we decided to make the most of it and rent a car to see something in Spain.  We decided to go North to Figueres to see the Dali Museum and then onto Cadaqués and Port Lligat to see his residence.  It’s amazing that we can now drive to the Costa Brava in a little over an hour.

After stopping at La Roca Village, and being disappointed by the Camper selection, we drove through Firgueres onto Cadaqués.  It wasn’t the original idea but we were happy with the decision when we arrived there.  It’s a coastal village that is the last Spanish town on the Costa Brava.  It’s largely unspoiled despite the huge influx of tourists, mostly from neighbouring France, and the notoriety it gained when Dali lived in the neighbouring Port Lligat.

We spent Saturday evening  walking around the village and sadly just missed a free Chopin concert in the town cathedral.  Sunday we went up to Port Lligat, about 3kms North from Cadaqués, to see the famed residence of Dali.  He was born, and died, in Figueres, but his fixed residence from 1930-1982 was this house.

The structure of the original house has been maintained but Dali made extensive additions and renovations.  As a result, the house is quite convoluted.  Due to this, and the fact that it is being maintained in its 1982 state, entrance is limited to 10 people at a time.  We waited about two hours to get in but spent most of it sitting in the sun on the patio where we took the photo on the left.    All the tile roofing on the right side of the photo are part of the house.  It’s filled with surrealist icons and weirdness.  Throughout the outer terraces and patios Dali kept tiny cages filled with crickets because he liked how they sounded.  The pool and the “Crist de les Escombraries” were highlights.

We headed back into Figueres Sunday afternoon to the Teatro-Museo Dali.  Dali himself designed the building around the location of his original exhibition.  While the house and Port Lligat show some of his inspiration the Museum is where you go to see his major pieces.   It’s definitely worth the visit for any Dali fan.  It offers a variety of his work from his more classical painting to the his extreme surrealism works.   Two of my favourites were “Gala Nude Looking at the Sea Which at 18 Metres Appears the President Lincoln”, 1975 and “Dawn, Noon, Afternoon and Evening”, 1979.

There are more photos here.  I regret not taking the better camera.

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