Sunday, November 20, 2016 | Spain – Catalonia, Barcelona | Petra
REUNION IN THE CAPITAL OF CATALONIA
Packed with high hopes we leave France and drive along the coast to Barcelona. We are full of anticipation, because we will meet with our dear friend Uli in the Spanish metropolis. Uli has decided to catch a plane and is looking forward to meet again.
However, Uli’s guidelines for a meeting were quite challenging: First, it had to be an interesting location. Second, it should be at least 20 °C.
With Barcelona, we fully meet the first requirement. The second we miss by a hair’s breadth with 18/19 °C , but are still in Uli’s tolerance range, also because at least the sun is shining.
We store our truck comfortably and safely on the large parking lot Citystop. The next few days all three of us will live together in a small Airbnb apartment near the Arc de Triomf, in the district of El Born. The old district is an exciting mix of Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg. The cool bar scene shares its winding streets and alleys with funky shops, fancy galleries and hip restaurants, the small grocery store around the corner, the laundromat and the fashionable hairstylist. The audience is mixed, young, local, international and in a good mood. So it’s the perfect spot for us!
A tapestry of superlatives – size 5 m x 7.5 m, weight about 3 tons. The filigree statue on the bottom left, this is Uli.
The following days, we playfully master an inspiring cultural program. We run our feet hot and also expand our knowledge of culinary lifestyle. In short, we see a lot, have a lot of fun together, have profound conversations and enjoy good food. It feels like a “real” holiday.
SALVADOR DALÍ IN PORTLLIGAT
Before we start to Barcelona by the way we make a short stop in Cadaqués. The former fishing village on the Costa Brava with its white houses is just worth seeing. In Portlligat we visit the former refuge of Salvador Dalí. He bought old fisherman’s houses in this small bay and gradually connected them to a house. The result is a small labyrinth. Dalí’s eccentric understanding of art is reflected in this unusual house, where he lived for many years with his wife Gala, received guests and had his studio. Very exciting!
View of Portlligat. Salvador Dalí’s house can be guessed from afar by the silver heads.