A Smooth Spanish Concert

The reason that we chose to take our holiday in Spain this year was because the guitar orchestra our younger son plays in was touring there and this was to be our last opportunity to see him play with them.

Mat has been learning to play the guitar with Berkshire Maestros for ten years now and has been with the Berkshire Youth Guitar Orchestra (BYGO) for probably about five years.… Read the rest

Spain 2012 – Day 6 – And home again


When we were out last night having dinner out in a square in Girona we noticed that the tables were covered in a fine layer of ash and when we got up this morning I noticed that the balcony on our hotel room was similarly dusted.… Read the rest

Spain 2012 – Day 5 – Peratallada and Pals


While Peratallada and Pals may sound like some cheesy folk band they are in fact a couple of medieval villages to the north of Girona. Peratallada is completely encircled with its original wall and inside is a maze of winding cobbled streets and tourists.… Read the rest

Spain 2012 – Day 4 – Besalú


Having done the major tourist attractions over the last few days we decided to head off the beaten track today. Initially we set the satnav for Besalú, a pretty medieval town, where we could walk the cobbled streets and admire the walls.… Read the rest

Spain 2012 – Day 3 – Lloret de Mar


After a busy day yesterday we had a slow start to today with a wander around Girona before heading off to the coast for the concert that Mat was taking part in. The guitar group that Mat is in, Berkshire Youth Guitar Orchestra (BYGO), consists of about 30 young guitarists playing a selection of mainly classical pieces.… Read the rest

Spain 2012 – Day 2 – Barcelona


For logistical reasons we decided to go to Barcelona today rather than wait for the weekend rush. So we went off to the train station in search of, well , a train. Arriving at the first counter I explained to the woman behind the glass in my best English that I wish to purchase to return tickets to Barcelona.… Read the rest

Spain 2012 – Day 1 – Girona


We went off on our summer holidays today as groupies for BYGO with whom our son plays. Actually it’s not as bad as it sounds as we are staying in a different town and will only see him once, briefly, for a concert on Friday night, which will be the last ever opportunity we get to see him play with BYGO.… Read the rest