Blanes is a popular seaside resort on the Costa Brava of Spain. I’m lucky enough to be staying here while I work as an English conversation assistant in the next town, Palafolls. As you can see, the town centre of Blanes is a bustling metropolis. The farmers’ market takes place every morning but is particularly busy on Saturday.
In contrast, where I live, on the outskirts of town near the Camping Grounds, winter is coming and the shops are shut. Most of the apartments are empty and the hotels are boarded up.
I should add I took these photos on a Saturday at lunchtime.
There is one population though, that owns Blanes in the chilly temperatures.
To the extent that some animal lovers have created Gatolandia – a cat hotel – to feed and provide shelter to our feline friends.
The area is very quiet. I am exceedingly lucky. Here is my apartment block. I think about half the flats are inhabited.
In the other direction, looking toward the Tordera River and Palafolls, you can see the empty caravans of the Campings and the hills of the Parc del Montnegre i el Corredor, one of the national parks of Barcelona province. This ever-changing landscape is swept by winds from the Bay of Biscay. The cloud formations can be spectacular, or absent! On the point of the closest hill is Castell de Palafolls, now a ruin, which some of the young people at my secondary college have promised to show me.
Even though there’s nothing very natural about these built up areas, I’m sure there’s something still untamed up in them there hills …
All news to me. Cool.
Yes, indeed, very cool. In all the ways!
As virtually everyone I talk to asks “How is Victoria?” “Where is Victoria?” this post will be an especially useful reference that I may send them to observe. It is excellent to get a clear picture of your environs, even if the ‘winter is coming’ and boarded up atmosphere/overtone is a little daunting. Your description, as ever, is beautifully expressed.
As usual, very glad to be useful!
Just discovered your blog. So nice to peer into your world for a while. Having travelled along the west border of Spain I discovered that there are no two places the same but there was a common phenomenon – Cats! Everywhere! Homeless but loved.
Keep enjoying and posting.
Thank you, MA! How lovely is the Gatolandia? At least these cats have a warm nook to live in.