Barcelona 2017 – Day Three – Grand Prix

The whole point of this weekend away was so that we could go to the Spanish Grand Prix, everything else was really built around that. The circuit is only half an hour out of the city and so is an ideal venue to visit, although it can be a fairly pedestrian race but live sport always tops what you see on TV.… Read the rest

Barcelona 2017 – Day Two – Going Topless 

We are a family of different sleeping patterns and so today to accommodate that we had a more leisurely start to the day. While one of the boys caught up on his beauty sleep Helen and I found a local coffee shop to have some breakfast consisting of a chocolate croissant and foul tasting cup of tea.… Read the rest

Spain 2016 – Day 3 – Granada

Today was the only day of the break where we had anything planned. One of the draws of being in this region was being able to visit Granada, somewhere that everyone who has been there seems to wax lyrical about. We had been warned about booking early for the Alhambra and when I did, a couple of months ago, I was amazed at how booked up it was already, so it is certainly popular.… 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