A woman in red
Lives at the Hotel De La Poste
By the Semios River
She is fit
walking down to the river
To feed the ducks petite dejeuner
But buy afternoon see is dreaming
Of canard confit au pommes de terre forestiere
The mountains of Catalonia are home to beautiful villages dating back to medieval times.
Villages built across Clifford tops
Still with ancient paths and trails through the forest
Villages that have stood millennia
Holding in their stony edifaces the history of Catalonia
The tale goes that James the 1st carried a golden shield when invading Catalonia
He was killed in battle
As he died his fingers dragged down shield leaving four bloodied stripes
The Catalonia flag four red stripes on a gold background.
Thanks Judith and Juan for being wonderful hosts and Juan for sharing the tale of the Catalan flag.
The roads here are made for riding
Coastal roads along the Cote Vermeille and the Costa Breva
Tight turns windswept by the katabatic winds rushing down from the mountains testing the riders skill
It’s about twisty mountain roads in the Pirineos Orientals on the rooftop of Spanish Catalonia
In about the winding deep gorges Pyrenees Catalanes
Tight rocky gorges
Roads for riding
This whole trip is a touch surreal
48 Moto Guzzi motorcycles shipped in containers from Melbourne
Then to Mandello De Lario to celebrate the marques 95th birthday before fanning out over Europe.
So the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres added a further element to surreal adventure.
The breadth and scale of the masters work is astonishing
With a truly surreal understanding of perspective
The installation enormous in scale, imagination and perspective.
The Mae West Bedroom installation for example. Each piece a artistic form
Then when viewed through a lens it is transformed into a new singular piece.
The installation in the central.gallery breathtaking in both scale and detail.
His work at the museum includes work in many media drawings painting in classical and surrealist styles, the installations, sculpture, still and moving picture.
Then the jewelry
Audacious and exquisite
And as surreal an anything else I was in Catalunya
Tucked down in the south west corner of France
A working port
A living fishing village
A city of grand canals
A city of art
A link.to Africa with car ferries to Morocco
And of course the stepping of from Europe in the Paris to Dakar motorcycle race.
Then the taste of Sete
Sweet muscat wine
Calamari stuffed with minced pork served on a bed of white beans
Fresh mussels, oysters and sea bass