Beyond The Pale

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Beyond The Pale
I'm from California and have lived in Catalunya for twelve years, starting in Barcelona, then Tarragona, the Costa Daurada and ending up in the Alt Emporda, just south of the French border.
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  • Digging Up Dalí 3 weeks ago Today, here in Figueres, everyone is talking about it.  Out on the street, at the market, even the tourists are aware that this evening they are going to dig up Savador Dalí.The Dalí Museum in Figueres, a former theater that was in ruins, was completely rebuilt and designed by the artist to make...
  • A Catalan Funeral 3 months ago Sunday I unexpectedly attended a funeral. I had only found out the day before that Pere had died.  In fact, the Whatsapp came at 11:45 am, and he had died that same day at seven in the morning.  One of the people from the dog park heard it from another person, also from the park and who knew Pere...
  • Sant Jordi 4 months ago Every year on 23 April, Catalonia celebrates the festival of Sant Jordi. Sant Jordi (Saint George) is the patron saint of many places, including England and Catalonia. George is the one who slew the dragon.  Here in Catalonia his feast day is celebrated as the Day of the Book and the Rose.The rose...
  • Old French Cars 9 months ago Walking through the Place de l’Horloge on my way to take photos of the famous Avignon bridge, I happened upon a vintage car show that was being held in front of the city hall.  It was part of a week-long celebration of seniors – evidently all kinds of seniors.  Small as the show was, it had...
  • A Van Gogh Pilgrimage 10 months ago As is sometimes the case when I travel, this year’s vacation included a pilgrimage.  Most years my vacation base is Avignon.  Avignon is a hub which makes it convenient for visiting other towns in the area, it has some great restaurants, it’s beautiful, provides for some great walks, and each...

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