Monday, 29 February 2016

Tamariu

2013_Spain_F5_556Tamariu is a small coastal town about 90 minutes from Barcelona along the E-15, and is where Fredrik and Nuria Gørrissen have a vacation flat. For the occasion of Fredrik's parents' 50th wedding anniversary, Johan, Ingeborg, Fredrik, Nina, Sissel, and I flew down to Tamariu for some good food and relaxing in the sun.

I didn't take very many photos on this trip, so I have a limited selection to go along with this story. For example, I only have one photo of Fredrik and Nuria’s house, but it is enough to show its typically Spanish lines and airs.

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Why did they choose Tamariu as a location for a vacation home? After all, it is a 4 hour flight from Oslo. While 4 hours may not sound like much, it is one thing to pack up a family of 6 into a minivan and drive to the family cabin (read this blog post about Brumma) and another thing to get 6 tickets to fly to a vacation home.

First, Nuria's father's family is from Catalonia, so it is not really a random location they just picked out on a map. They had also already spent several summers in the area. That, coupled with the fact that this area is so far further south than Oslo that it has 3 more hours of sunlight and is 5 to 20 degrees warmer*. To go with that sun and warmth is a lovely a small cove with a sandy beach and a short walkway around it.

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It is also popular for sail and powerboats.

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Take a nice sandy beach, warm water, and sunny blue skies and you have a recipe for a very nice, relaxing vacation.

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While we were there the weather was quite nice, but there were some rough-looking clouds (thankfully) off-shore to look at.

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During the day, the beach attracts all sorts of people (and dogs).

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The region around Tamariu offers other attractions, including more beaches...

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The occasional traveling fair...

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And incredibly low prices on just about everything.

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Tamariu is in the heart of Catalonia, and its separatist colours are on display everywhere.

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Early one morning, Fredrik, Nina, and I went for a 10 km run up to the El Far Hotel and Restaurant, an 18th century complex near Llafranch. The sun was just coming up as we headed out for our run. As usual, I had my iPhone with me, so I was able to take some photos as I ran.

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The run was up the coastal hill that borders the harbour. It was a quite pleasant run, with the sun poking through the pines.

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Of course stopping to take a photo when you are running alone is one thing, but doing so while running with others is a quick way to get left behind!

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Approaching the top, I could see the buildings, which looked a lot like a Spanish medieval castle.

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When we reached it, the colours had turned a nice pastel hue.

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The buildings are on a high point on the coast, so it makes for a nice place for a little lighthouse.

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From the restaurant balcony, we could see the Llafranch harbour.

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Later that night I wandered around with my camera and managed to take a nice shot of the beach with the moon behind the clouds.

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I also added to my collection of Nighthawks-like images.

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We only spent a couple of days in Tamariu. Sissel and I headed back to Oslo early, with a stop in Barcelona along the way. More about that in the next blog post.



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* average numbers as reported for December 21


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