The Costa Daurada is an area on the coast of Catalonia, Spain,
Here I am again, this time in North Terminal Gatwick having a breakfast, before boarding a plane to Reus in Spain on the Costa Daurada which about one & half hours from Barcelona. I was staying on the coast of The Mediterrean Sea. It looked very blue, but was not so warm at this time of the year.
I did not want to get my fur wet before going on the local bus to Cambrill along the coast passing some souvenir shops and some Spanish apartments and houses.
Then discovered their statues which were influenzed by their Marine Lifestyle.
I did not smell after all those fishes which were decorated in the style of a famous Catalonian architect Antonio Gaudi who lived from 1852 – 1926. He liked to use very bright colours and his work is still visible over the region.
We took a trip to Montserrat which is a multi peaked hill part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range with a monestry set back in the hill. The coach took us so far the we had to go on a train called The Cremallera which worked is way round the mountain.
The views were spectacular, but the train windows stopped us getting really good photos.
That was not the top of Sant Joan though. It required a further trip on a Furnicular railway to get to the top which was very steep.
Then it was time to go back down as the special choristers were singing at 1pm
Many more people had arrived by this time and it was very crowded in the church. Many spiritual people like to go and touch the Special Black Madonna statue as they believe it will bring them special benefits that they think will make their lives better
It was believed to have been carved by St. Luke around 50 AD. the colouration is thought to come from the passage of time and the effect of weathering on the varnish while she was hidden in a cave to protect her from the hands of the Moors who invaded Spain.
We visited several other towns including Tarragona, Reus & Barcelona.
When we went to Barcelona we went for a walk up The Ramblas which is a market street just off the front.The stalls with Flowers and Fruit were a sight to be seen
Unfortunately it would not dry quick enough for me to bring it home for my ADC. We walked back to our coach and the sun setting in the sky was glorious and the statue made a pretty picture against the skyline.
We then went to the Magical Fountains. They played music , changed shapes and colours.
They are certainly worth the wait while all the water fountains get set up.
A castell is a human tower built traditionally in festivals throughout Catalonia, Spain.
What a strange but interesting activity, but I was not brave enough to go any higher. I have seen lots of new things again here in Spain, but I had never seen a toy shop that had a door specially for young people. Now I have.
I have also discovered they have funny water hydrants.