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Parc Natural del Delta de l'Ebre

We moved another 100 mile south to the Ebre Delta. A Wetland nature reserve known for its birdlife, encompassing rivers, dunes & beaches, plus trails. We park on a free aire at the side of a restaurant the was closed but the wifi was still on.Went for a walk on the first day a saw lots of bird life including Flamingos. The second day we took the tandem and cycled the 13 km to the town Sant Carles de la Ràpita Just back in time before the rain started. Sant Carles de la Ràpita

Vilanova - Sitges

After our 3 days off grid we went to Vilanova park Camping. It has everything you could needs and €20 a night with ASCI card against €35 without. We hopped on the bus down to Vilanova a fishing town with a long walking street. The second day we took the Barcelona bus to Sitges only 20 mins away. It's known for its Mediterranean beaches and seafront promenade lined with grand mansions. The compact old town and surrounding streets are filled with shops, restaurants, and many gay bars and nightclubs. Vilanova i la Geltrú Sitges

Barcelona - Blanes

We stopped for 3 nights on a car park in Blanes free. Had so great walks along the sea front and Tapas. On the Monday we caught the train to Barcelona about 1 hr 30 mins away. Getting off the got a daily bus tour around the city. The highlight of which was the visit to Sagrada Familia Antoni Gaudí's renowned unfinished church, started in the 1880s. It is hoped it will be finished by 2026 which will be 100 years since his death. The church has all the carvings on the outside and the inside needs to be seen to be believed. Its like being in a forest and the light is fantastic. It is one place you need to see for yourself. We carried on with the bus but it was very cold and has a look in

Pals - Tossa de Mar

In the 80's we used to camp in this area nearly every year so it was nice to come back to see it had changed. We first went to Pals beach and it was mostly the same. The nice beach we used to swim off unchanged. Then we went to Pals old town and its still as we remember it and nice and quiet at this time of year. We then headed to Tossa del Mar and parked on some rough ground near the supermarket. We walked down to sea front and up onto the old town and castle walls. Very quiet this time of year. Pals beach Pals old town Tossa del Mar

L'Estartit

We decided to have a couple of days on a campsite at Càmping Les Medes with free Spanish lessons and aqua fit, it also gave us time to pick up and dump water as well as get all the battery’s charged. We took the tanden down to the town of L'Estartit and had a little walk it was mostly closed down for the winter. We then cycled to Torroella de Montgrí a nice little old town with very narrow streets in the old town. We found a coffee shop the Vintage run by a Yorkshire lady. L'Estartit Torroella de Montgrí

Salvador Dali

We moved over the hill to Cadaqué and stopped on a car park in Port Lligat the home of Salvador Dalí. We went straight to see if we could visit the studio as we had been told sometimes its a 2 day wait to visit the Museum and went straight in. The amazing house which gives an insight into Dali's life. Guided tour was very good, as were videos made by Dali himself. The house had been left as Dalí left it as he died in Figueres also his birth place. We stopped over in the car park overnight and walked over the hill into Cadaqué picking up bread and having coffee in one of the many cafés. Port Lligat Cadaqué

Roses - Empuriabrava

We can over via the D900 from France which quite a while because the Spanish separatists had blockaded the motorway it was a long slow drive. We stopped first in Roses at the autocamp €12 a night. We walked into the town along the sea front and watched the parakeets in the trees. The next day we went to the Ciutadella de Roses the 16th C Renaissance citadel with ruins of an ancient Greek settlement & a medieval monastery inside. We also visited Empuriabrava is a community in the municipality of Castelló d'Empúries, in the Alt Empordà. It is located in the Gulf of Roses, surrounded by the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, and is the largest residential marina in Europe, with so

Camargue Nature Reserve

We headed west to the Camargue and stopped at the beach car park at Plage de Piemanson. A very big sandy beach and a bit windy. The next morning we went into the town to pick up bread and stopped off at the Domaine de la Palissade nature reserve and walked the 7 Km trail around the waters. We say Flamingos or as our grandson says Domingos. Quite a few birds and even a lizard in November. We headed back to the car park and watched the kite surfers.

San Remo

After a drive along the coast and via Genoa we had a stop in Impera overnight before coming onto San Remo. Sanremo is a coastal city in northwestern Italy. Its green spaces include the park of Villa Ormond, with a Japanese garden, palm trees and ancient olive groves. The 12th-century San Siro Cathedral has 12 bells in its tower, plus a huge crucifix above its altar. In an elegant art nouveau building, the long-established Casinò di Sanremo includes a theater. Nearby, the Russian Church has 5 onion domes.

Tuscany in the rain.

From Venice we headed south into Tuscany in the pouring rain. Via the tunnels on the E35 towards Florence. The first stop was Pistoia and a walk into the old city. Set around its central Piazza del Duomo are the Cathedral of San Zeno, which has a silver altar, and the octagonal Battistero di San Giovanni in Corte baptistery. The next day we went over the hills in the pouring rain to Bagni di Lucca and stopped in a free Aire near the river. It has two famous bridges on an 18c suspension bridge the Ponte delle Catene and the other a 11c pedestrian bridge the Ponte della Maddalena. The next day we headed down to a large car park for an overnight stop in Lucca. Lucca is a city on the Serchi

Venice - Jean's 66th Birthday

We went into Venice for the last time on Jean’s 66th birthday. We started by getting a number 2 waterbus to go down the grand canal. Under the famous Ponte di Rialto and all the way to Piazza San Marco. We then sat in the square in the sun and had Aperol spritz with nibbles at the famous Caffè Lavena. Watched the world go but as the band played. We then had a walk down to the gardens and visited the statues. Getting lost along the way before heading back to the waterbus back to the campsite. We had a meal in the bar and met up with another English couple Mike and Terry. The next day we watched England play rugby against South Africa before heading south.

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