We got out of dodge for the day, and man, did I ever need it. Don't get me wrong, love where I live, but it was super sweet to be somewhere else for a bit. We had gotten a little too shut in.
We went up to to a little town called Calella where there was an exhibit about traditional Catalan fishing - perfect for us...boats and Catalonia!
Here's some pics!
First from the museum - I'm not sure how many folks would be interested, this is a hand stitched sail, we wanted to look at some of the detail work of how they did it....I actually have quite a few photos of these, but I'll only post the one.
Below is actually a photo of a photo, but it is not something I would want to try doing....they did it every day. The boats are sailed off the beach, which is no small thing to manage in a big boat or a small one, and these suckers are heavy. There was a movie at the exhibit showing how it is done. Like the ancient Egyptians, they use a series of wooden skids that they move from the back to the front of the boat as she moves up or down the slope and there were systems for pulling the big boats up, the little boats were pushed or pulled by individuals. Oooooffff.
Floats for nets, I actually found a float very like that in the Bahamas...they are much treasured by beach combers....do you like the cork floats? Have I mentioned that cork trees grow around here? Very funky looking plants.
Some seriously heavy short blades to row with....meant for strong short men.
Some of the current fleet in Calella...pretty no? Please note the Catalan flag flying in the back.
Interesting exhibit, good food in a cafe, pretty(extremely touristy) town), a walk on a beach and lovely boats....
Now we are planning a trip to Madrid, a trip to Vic and Xmas. If we don't book it, we'll never do it.
Hope you all had a great weekend,