Tight Lipped Tuesday ~ 2 (The Costa Brava one)

I rather like the idea of my Tight Lipped Tuesday series so will take the opportunity of boring the pants off you with my recent trip across the border into Spain (aka Catalonia) with lots of photos and few words (relatively speaking!). Feel free to go and do something more interesting but my blog seems to have become my photo album lately and means I have an online record to refer to – so, a bit selfish really.

Mr. Tialys and I took a break of four days and drove down to the Costa Brava.

Only about 3 hours drive away.

We walked the coastal path to work off all the mussels and Sangria. The water was crystal clear.

So different from the usual perception of this coastline.

Did I mention the Sangria?  The waiter raised an eyebrow when we ordered a litre jug between us but we were not deterred.

An interesting looking restaurant.

With a crafty touch.

and an atmospheric interior.

The town of Begur is awash with bougainvillea.

As well as Moorish and Spanish architecture there are neoclassical examples dating from the late 19th century when merchants from here went over to Cuba to make their fortunes and returned to build houses.  Lots of vaulted, decorated ceilings and beautiful tiled floors.

I love peeping in at courtyards.

We spotted this lovely view from the road and booked to have cocktails and tapas there in the evening to watch the sun go down.

On the way back home up the coast we stopped at Empuries which, according to Tripadvisor,  is one of the finest historic settings in Catalonia.Two cities, one Greek and one Roman, set by the sea at L’Escala on the south of the Bay of Roses, named by Unesco as one of the most beautiful in the world.

The archaeological digs are still going on as I think they’ve only uncovered about 20% of what’s there.

Some of the mosaics they’ve found in the Roman city are almost intact which is amazing when you consider how long they’ve been there.

My quilters eye was drawn to them instantly.

We only stayed away four days as Mlle. Tialys the elder had come over for two weeks to house-sit with her sister for a bit and, as we don’t see enough of her these days, we wanted to spend some time with her too.

Back in France, we took her to our favourite restaurant to say ‘thank you’.

Then the girls and I went across another border to Andorra  which is most famous for the skiing but, in Summer is very good for shopping hiking, cycling, etc.   Also, as we do every year now, we went to the free show that Cirque du Soleil put on here throughout July.  This year was probably my favourite as the music was so good – usually, it’s a bit more like wailing for atmosphere if you get my drift – and the ‘surely not human’ bendy people put on their usual amazing spectacle.

Plus, it is tax free so it seemed a shame to go home without a bottle of gin or two.

Here’s a brief look at the Cirque du Soleil show – as usual with these shows I have very little idea what the story was about and the sound quality’s not great on this clip but you get the idea.  I want those long stripey socks!

Not that tight lipped after all. Sorry.







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  1. #1 by Lynda on July 31, 2018 - 13:51

    “Not that tight lipped after all. Sorry.”

    Don’t be sorry. Expound away, any time, I loved it! Funnily enough, I saw those unearthed tile floors and was thinking “quilt fodder” and then you said as much in the next moment. We quilter’s view the world with a different eye than most.

    • #2 by tialys on July 31, 2018 - 18:34

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Lynda.

  2. #3 by katechiconi on July 31, 2018 - 14:52

    I’ve been to Empuries and it’s outstanding. Not just in an amazing state of preservation, but also enormous! I’m so glad you had a good time and didn’t find the compulsory shopping too much of a hardship.

    • #4 by tialys on July 31, 2018 - 18:31

      It’s fantastic isn’t it and they chose such a nice spot 😉
      Didn’t actually overdo the shopping really but we did find Pimms there – hoorah – can’t find it here anywhere.

      • #5 by katechiconi on August 1, 2018 - 00:34

        I was relieved to discover you can Pimms No. 1 Cup here. Wonderful stuff, but far too easy to chug down on a hot day and become horribly plastered, so I tend not to buy it – too many hot days 🙂 Time to head to the sewing room and make blocks for Claire.

      • #6 by tialys on August 1, 2018 - 09:06

        It’s definitely something we only drink in summer but I must say I would have to drink quite a lot of it before I became plastered. We drink it full of ice, fruit, lemonade etc. and don’t add any gin or anything to it.

      • #7 by katechiconi on August 1, 2018 - 09:08

        I fell into bad habits with Pimms in my late 20s, visits to Henley and so on… These days, it’s something to drink at a bar, and one only!

      • #8 by tialys on August 1, 2018 - 09:22

        Yes, you’re probably right, one jug is enough 😉

  3. #9 by nanacathy2 on July 31, 2018 - 17:50

    Thank you Ms Tight lips, I loved the post. I love the Costa Brava and Andora. Any more left over for next week?

    • #10 by tialys on July 31, 2018 - 18:29

      Well I sort of curated them for this post – don’t want to push my luck.

  4. #11 by thecontentedcrafter on July 31, 2018 - 22:24

    I am so envious that you get to wander across borders into old Europe at the drop of a hat! Such a different life style, such different architecture and pulse and rhythms. It makes my heart sing and I’m happy to see these posts any time – blither away, it’s most entertaining!

    • #12 by tialys on August 1, 2018 - 09:16

      Thanks Pauline – I don’t much like flying so, if I can drive somewhere in a reasonable amount of time, I prefer to do so and you see so much more on the way too!

  5. #13 by magpiesue on July 31, 2018 - 23:26

    No wonder I’m having trouble with my keyboard; it’s covered in drool from the gorgeous scenery you’ve shared with us. What a wonderful time you must all have had!

    • #14 by tialys on August 1, 2018 - 09:09

      I must say, I was rather impressed with how the photos turned out as I was only using my phone (and it’s NOT an iPhone) and I couldn’t see the screen because of the bright sun so it was a case of just pointing it in the general direction of the scenery and pressing the button.

  6. #15 by CurlsnSkirls on July 31, 2018 - 23:40

    By all means, use this for your photos as this batch are fascinating and beautiful! Am also quite envious you can drive so quickly to so many different places with different architectures and customs, and history. That UNESCO site looks utterly fascinating. . .

    • #16 by tialys on August 1, 2018 - 09:08

      It’s perfect for me as I’m not keen on flying. We might try Italy or Croatia next.

      • #17 by CurlsnSkirls on August 1, 2018 - 15:56

        Sounds ABsolutely WONderful. . . can’t wait to see the photos!

  7. #18 by kathyreeves on August 1, 2018 - 04:54

    What gorgeous scenery! I’ve got to show these Roman ruins to Girl#2, she will love them!

    • #19 by tialys on August 1, 2018 - 09:02

      I’m definitely glad we decided to stop off there on our way back home.

  8. #20 by sewchet on August 1, 2018 - 09:16

    What did the waiter say after you ordered the second jug?! Peeping through to courtyards is akin to driving out at dusk to have a nosey through open curtains when the lights have been put on…..or is it just me that does that? Love the scenic photos:)

    • #21 by tialys on August 1, 2018 - 09:20

      Don’t! We almost did to be honest but restrained ourselves as we had a long, hot walk back.

  9. #22 by Emma on August 1, 2018 - 10:01

    I love that part of Spain, you made me a little nostalgic, sometimes I really miss living in France as everywhere is just so close. If I drove 3 hours now in Australia I wouldn’t even be in another state 😅Thank for sharing those amazing pictures

    • #23 by tialys on August 1, 2018 - 10:37

      I’m sure Australia has its many compensations.
      I’m quite impressed with my phone photos – I was upset I hadn’t taken my ‘proper’ camera but I’m not sure they’d have come out any better.

  10. #24 by claire93 on August 1, 2018 - 12:35

    thanks for sharing your hols with us! Love the décorations in the restaurant, especially the Jelly fish ^^

    • #25 by tialys on August 1, 2018 - 12:59

      Of course! It’s a jelly fish – I’ve been thinking octopus all this time :/

      • #26 by claire93 on August 1, 2018 - 13:28

        have you never seen “NEMO”?

      • #27 by tialys on August 1, 2018 - 13:55

        ‘Finding Nemo’? Love it! I know it’s obviously a jelly fish but for some reason, when I first saw it, ‘octopus’ jumped into my mind and there it stayed.

      • #28 by claire93 on August 3, 2018 - 22:20

        sorry yes, French title was just “Nemo” I think. Can never understand why the French never translate film titles properly.

  11. #29 by dezertsuz on August 2, 2018 - 08:05

    You can go anywhere and come back and post dozens of pictures, and I’ll be reading and looking. These are places I will never see in person, and the views were lovely. Those mosaics were amazing! Yes, amazingly bendy people – at least some of them have had classical ballet training, too.

    • #30 by tialys on August 2, 2018 - 10:42

      Yes, there was a lot more dancing than usual this time but I wasn’t complaining.

  12. #31 by KerryCan on August 2, 2018 - 13:20

    It doesn’t seem fair–if I drive 3 hours, I’m still in my home state of New York and you get to whole different countries! (Although, to be honest, I could drive 20 minutes and be in Canada . . . ) You saw some beautiful sights and sites, and the sangria sounds good, too!

    • #32 by tialys on August 2, 2018 - 13:36

      Well, 20 minutes to Canada – that’s quite exciting isn’t it?

      • #33 by KerryCan on August 2, 2018 - 13:41

        Sort of. It looks and feels a lot like upstate New York, except, of course, they speak French and are much more accepting/tolerant/polite than Americans. I think I should move there . . .

      • #34 by tialys on August 2, 2018 - 13:52

        Well that’s an option then, should you ever fancy a change. How’s your French?

      • #35 by KerryCan on August 2, 2018 - 13:55

        Iffy, at best. I can read it reasonably well but that’s about it. If I decide to move to Canada, I’ll think twice about Quebec!

  13. #36 by Kim on August 4, 2018 - 17:05

    Gorgeous photographs, be as tight lipped as you want as long as you keep them coming.
    I had never considered Roman mosaics with a quilters eye but I may do in future. (OH no, I really have joined the Dark Side!).
    I’m with Sheila as regards the litre of sangria 😂.

    • #37 by tialys on August 5, 2018 - 09:54

      You have made a fab quilt – and, what’s more, you quilted it by hand, so you are definitely now on the Dark Side and will see patterns everywhere 🙂

  14. #38 by nottaholiday on April 12, 2019 - 14:51

    a litre of sangria? barely enough I would say

  15. #39 by tialys on April 12, 2019 - 17:41

    Don’t! Husband wanted to order another but we’d already had some stares when the first one came so I was too embarrassed and wouldn’t let him. 🤨

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