Besalú, Catalonia, Spain 11/13

January 18, 2014

It was in Figueres that we met up with our old friend Chema Huete, past editor of Solo Auto 4×4. The readers of this magazine followed our travels through South America in the late 80’s and our Siberian trip in 1996. Chema now owns 4×4, an online magazine. We spent a couple of fun […]

Salvador Dalí Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain 11/13

January 15, 2014

Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), the famous and colorful Catalan artist and writer, had very clear visions when he insisted that “his” museum should be in Figueres, the town of his birth. On the site of the former municipal theater, the Dalí Theatre-Museo was born. He had his creative hand in every detail of this venue. It […]

Camping Riudarenes, Catalonia, Spain 11/13

January 10, 2014

Leaving Barcelona, we headed east. It was getting late and we really needed to take a couple of days to reorganize, sort slides, answer emails, etc., so when we spotted an off the beaten track campground, we turned left. Soon we arrived at Camping Riudarenes, a quiet RV park in the woods. There were many […]

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain 11/13

January 6, 2014

Arriving in Barcelona, we had three goals: Finding a safe parking place for The Turtle V, and revisiting both the Mercat (Market) de la Boqueria and the Basilica La Sagrada Familia. Carefully following our GPS instructions, we spent a good half-hour wandering around in circles following one-way streets through the chaotic traffic until we finally […]

Colónia Güell, Catalonia, Spain 11/13

December 27, 2013

During our visit to St Cirq Lapopie, France, we had met Pablo and Cris, a nice couple from Santa Coloma de Cervelló near Barcelona who invited us to stop by on our way east. They kept insisting the nearby Colónia Güell was a very special place we absolutely had to see. We found safe parking […]

Costa Blanca #3, Spain 11/13

December 12, 2013

Escaping from the flock of Snowbirds and the super resort city of Benidorm, we arrived in Jávea (Xabia) by evening and rather than search for a campground—that turned out to be closed for the winter—we found safe parking on the rocky coast. Just about to prepare dinner, the young Brit Oliver we had met earlier […]

Costa Blanca #2, Spain, 11/13

December 10, 2013

With our grey water tank nearly full and our freshwater tank almost empty, we headed north to Aguilas to resupply. Leaving Cabo de Gata and the Costa Almería, we drove north on good highways towards the super resort city of Benidorm on Spain’s famous Costa Blanca. We stopped for the night at a beach recommended […]

Costa Blanca #1, Spain 11/13

December 8, 2013

Cabo de Gata Coast is dotted with numerous deserted coves and beaches, but not all allow camping with self-contained motorhomes. Following a tortuous third-gear highway with numerous hairpins, we climbed over a coastal mountain ridge and descended again to the sea leaving the Nature Park behind us and entering the Costa Blanca region. We had […]

Cabo de Gata #2, Almería, Spain 10/13

December 3, 2013

Moving up the coast a bit, we came to the town of Agua Amarga with a huge parking lot right on the beach, open to RV travelers. It was one of the nicer swimming beaches we had seen with sandy bottom and water that was still not icy. Just up the beach were rinse-off showers. […]

Cabo de Gata #1, Almería, Spain 10/13

December 1, 2013

Getting an early start from Granada and the incomparable La Alhambra, we wanted to be ahead of the other 6998 tourists who had presumably visited the complex with us the day before. Too many churches, too many palaces and castles. All wonderful and interesting but it was time to head for a beach and some […]