Sunday, February 8, 2009

SITGES!!!


ROAD TRIP!!!!

Except we went by bus and train....

We went to Sitges....a major party town near BCN.....However it was Sunday morning, so fairly quiet. Used to be a fishing village, now, not so much shall we say.


There is however still sailing, these are called patins, which are mighty cool little boats, they are catamarans, which means they have two hulls side by side, and no rudder or tiller, which means there is no official system for steering, you do it by moving your weight back and forth and by adjusting the sails.

WAY cool, I haven't been out in one. Yet.


Sitges LOVES a deep deep brilliant blue...it was trim in the streets, on the windows, in the walls and archways, and I loved this one with the leaf prints.

Sitges was also home to a Catalan painter Santiago Rusinyol who built a house there, imported some El Grecos, was buddies with Picasso when he was still young, and there are several of his paintings there, as well as Ramon Casas, another brilliant Catalan painter.... we went to the museum, which was amazing, quite small, and didn't allow photos. *sulk*


The streets had lovely tile work,


Some more modern. The old part of town was all whitewashed, and narrow and it reminded us all of Seville quite a bit....


Well, except for the sea, and the Catalan...whatever.


I love doors, you can see more of the blue trim here as well.

These guys looked like something is going on. What do you think it night be?

The little fellow on the right looks like he is having a hard time.

7 comments:

elpadawan said...

It's been a while since you reported such an expedition. Your pictures are really amazing (as usual? :p).

Beth said...

Whenever I see your pictures of different towns and cities in Europe, I wonder about Toronto's aversion to colour. There is one home in this neighbourhood painted blue. To some, it sticks out like a sore thumb. I happen to love it.

Those guys look like bakers (the headgear) about to go on a rampage!

oreneta said...

ElP,thanks about the pictures...I have trouble with photos and being away and access to computers....

Beth, TO is very monochromatic isn't it. There used to be a house South of Lawrence just just just west of Yonge that was bright yellow if memory serves...I LOVED it....though whoever bought it painted it a bland beige with a typical forest green trim. Blech. Remember that house?

dawn said...

Great photos. I would love to see those white washed walls. How beautiful. Those guys look like they are on the lookout for intruders and spotted some.

oreneta said...

Could be, Dawn, and maybe the guy on the right is running away, or wants to....

mmichele said...

wow. you really do see the spanish influence all over old puerto vallarta.

oreneta said...

Yeah, Mmichele, I get there are churches that look a whole lot like this...it reminded us of photos of Mexico and Cuba....the stone, the style, the sun and the palm trees.