The wonderful multiverse of Aiguablava (Costa Brava)

Two years ago I blogged about a charming corner of the Mediterranean Sea called Aiguablava, and entitled that thing “Aiguablava: Mediterranean anti-matter”.

I don’t usually review my old posts, but the other day I stumbled upon that one, I read its title and felt a little ashamed. What the hell was I thinking about? “Anti-matter”? Ridiculous.

So I decided to visit Aiguablava again and to produce a brand new post about it, taking into account the most recent developments both in cosmology and in quantum mechanics. As you can see above, I have entitled it: The wonderful multiverse of Aiguablava …

Aiguablava path

Multiverse: a theoretical reality that includes a possibly infinite number of parallel universes.

Aigua Xellida path

In order to visit a parallel universe, the first thing you need is a good pair of shoes. Wearing adequate clothes is advisable too, because one never knows. I would add a hat, a swimsuit and a pair of reliable trekking poles, although all these things are merely optional.

Leki poles

The second thing you need in order to visit a parallel universe is a black hole. Some cosmologists affirm that if you jump into a black hole, you would be sucked down a tunnel (called “Einstein-Rosen bridge”) and shot out a white hole in the parallel universe. But take my word for granted: this way of travelling is too complicated and your safety is not 100 % guaranteed. You’d better follow my blog.

Multiverse 4

In third place, in order to visit a parallel universe you need to take into account the space-time equations. This is a little complex to explain here, but I’ll try to do my best:

Most of the people have no idea about the multiverse theory and, consequently, (1) they don’t seek parallel universes (2) they spend their lives in the only universe they know (3) the known universe is crowded and noisy.

The abovementioned thesis, when applied to Aiguablava, can be solved by the space-time equations as follows:

SPACE (Aiguablava) + TIME (High season) = Crowded

SPACE (Aiguablava) + TIME (Low season) = Paradise

On the contrary, the parallel universes featured on this post are ruled by a slightly different equation:

SPACE (Parallel Universe) + TIME (Any season) = Paradise

Mediterranean paradise

As you can guess, highly intelligent and super-advanced forms of life (like myself) seek desperately parallel universes during high season (High season in Mediterranean Europe: Summer).

Here below you can see a happy humanoid (intelligent life form) swimming in a solitary cove of the parallel universe of Aigablava (liquid universe)

humanoid

I took all the pics you can see in this post in two parallel universes of Aiguablava: its countryside and the coastal area between Aiguablava and the neighboring village of Tamariu (more or less).

Multiverse 6

Finding the black hole and the “Einstein-Rosen bridge” that connect our universe with the wonderful countryside of Aiguablava is certainly tricky (no kidding). It is hidden behind a little mountain, and impossible to find if you don’t know the local astrophysics.

The secret path starts here:

country

The path crosses an enormous forest that faces the Mediterranean Sea.

Mediterranean forest

There are some signs specially designed for multiversal astronauts:

Indications Tamariu Aiguablava

It is a very nice walk.

Aiguablava's coutryside

You’ll find there all kinds of Mediterranean trees, plants and unforgettable scents …

Countryside

Multiverse 12

Masía

Olive trees Aiguablava

Aiguablava path

Cork oak

Aiguablava trees

Aiguablava figs

Aiguablava forest

If you are a skilled astronaut, perhaps you will be able to get some figs in this forest and to prepare a delicious Mediterranean salad at home …

Figs salad

(I got the Iberic ham above in another universe)

I like the country universe very much, but my favorite parallel universe of Aiguablava is its coastal one:

Multiverse 21

Multiverse 22

Multiverse 24

Multiverse 25a

Multiverse 25

Multiverse 26

Multiverse 28

I am starting to feel some quantum fluctuations. Perhaps it is time for me to return to the known universe …

Multiverse 29

I only have to jump into another black hole and … That is it! Tamariu. It is a very nice village of our well-known universe. I blogged about it some time ago too (Tamariu white and blue)

Tamariu white and blue

My dear digital friend, look for your own parallel universes, wherever you are. They do exist.

Goodbye!

Blofffffff!!! (Sorry, this was another quantum fluctuation)

(Ps: I wrote this post after watching on youtube this engaging discussion about the multiverse, from the World Science Festival 2013)

 

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Pals and the beach of Pals (Costa Brava)

This post has just seven words …

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Restaurant Tritón revisited (Costa Brava)

There are outstanding travel guides out there. It is amazing how they test, classify and rate almost every restaurant of this planet.

In order to get those results, and in order to keep them updated, those big companies send a huge team of professionals (professional eaters) all over the world for having lunch at each restaurant at least once per year.

Amazing.

But Covetotop’s blog is much more amazing than that.

Yes it is.

Covetotop’s team of professional eaters is basically composed by Covetotop alone. This fact limits in some way Covetotop’s capacity to cover each and every restaurant in the world, but let’s speak frankly: nobody can cover the whole world.

Consequently, this blog reviews very few restaurants. The good news is that Covetotop’s reviews are always very deep, personal and accurate.

Take for example Covetotop’s coverage of Restaurant Tritón. I blogged about said restaurant two years ago, in this link: Restaurant Tritón (Torroella to Palafrugell road, Baix Empordà)

Any big travel guide would have been sending their professional eaters to this restaurant once or twice a year, in order to update their ratings. But one or two simple visits per year don’t produce trustworthy ratings. Moreover, some mainstream tourist guides simply ignore the existence of this superb restaurant.

Let me show you how really trustworthy reviews are made …

Platja Roja Begur

First rule: Inspect the restaurant’s surroundings. The environment has a strong influence on any restaurant.

Restaurant Tritón is located in the wonderful Empordà (Costa Brava). That means Mediterranean Sea (pic above: Roja Beach, Begur, Baix Empordà) and a fructiferous countryside (pic below: Empordanian countryside). In other words, a cornucopia of the freshest, top quality food, and lots of variety.

Emporda fields

Second rule: Read books about local chefs, written by outstanding local writers.

Josep Pla chefs

Third rule: Don’t judge your targeted restaurant by just one or two visits. Local chefs’ creativity is strongly affected each day by a myriad of factors, specially in this little corner of the world. For instance, when the Northern wind (Tramuntana) blows, they tend to create weird things, like “molecular cuisine” or the so-called “desconstructivism” (ie: Mr. Ferran Adrià, chef of the famous El Bulli )

Restaurant Tritón serves traditional, ultra-local cuisine, but surprising bursts of creativity are not scarce. Their daily menu changes every day, every season. It is still priced at just 15.-Euros (20.-US Dollars), and it includes a first course, a second course, bread, local wine (and/or water), a desert, a coffee and lots of talent.

Consequently, lots of visits are mandatory if you want to publish trustworthy ratings.

Here below you’ll find a brief selection of different dishes very professionally eaten by Covetotop himself in order to rate properly (2014′ rating) Restaurant Tritón and its daily menu.

First courses:

Onion cream

Triton 2

mil fullsTriton 4

Triton 5

Triton 19

Triton 6

Triton 7

Sonsos salad Tritón

Triton 9

Triton exc

Triton 11

Triton 13

Triton 14

Second courses:

Triton 15

Triton 16

Triton 17

Triton 18

Triton 20

Triton 22

Triton 21

Triton 23

Triton 24

Triton 25

Triton 26

verat

Triton 29

arros a la cassola

Example of  desert (crema catalana):

Triton catalan cream

Local wine (D.O. Empordà):

Triton 31

Coffee (un tallat):

catalan coffee

And now ..

Covetotop’s worldwide famous and trustworthy ratings:

Tritón’s chef: A genius

Tritón’s service: Galactic

Tritón’s food: Mythological

Triton 35Note 1: This is not a sponsored blog.

Note 2: During the month of August there is no daily menu at Tritón (but they still serve the freshest fish of this coast “a la carta”). That’s why I publish this post in August. I don’t want to find my table crowded by my trillions and trillions of readers the next time I visit this restaurant.

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The Ruins of Empúries (Costa Brava)

Empúries (originally called “Emporion”, meaning “trading place” in Greek) was a colony founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC.

Ampurias

A few centuries later came the Romans, and they liked so much the place, that they decided to include it and its picturesque surroundings (the whole Iberian Peninsula) in their vast empire. They called this new portion of the Roman Empire “Hispania” (Spain & Portugal today)

roman wall

And a few years later (2,200 years, roughly speaking), Covetotop visited Empúries armed with his reflex camera just to blog about this ancient mess.

Covetotop in Empúries

The Ruins of Empúries consist mainly of ruins and Mediterranean ambience.

Empúries Roman houses

Seagulls are regular visitors of the Ruins of Empúries.

Empúries seagulls

A powerful defensive wall surrounded Empúries.

Defensive wall

Empúries had an Acropolis somewhere …

Acropolis Empuries

Empúries had an Asklepieion (a therapeutic and religious center consecrated to the Greek god of medicine Asklepios) ….

Asklepieion

In 1992 the Olympic flame arrived from Greece in this ancient city on its way to Barcelona, for the 1992 Olympic games. A modern monument commemorates that event.

Olympic flame in Empuries

The Roman houses of Empúries were luxurious –I guess- and had chic mosaics, extraordinarily well preserved …

Roman mosaics of Empuries

Spain

Roman Empuries

Mosaics by the Mediterranean Sea

Mosaico Ampurias

The older Greek houses of Empúries had simpler mosaics …

Greek town of Empúries

Weak minded and poor of spirit people wouldn’t see anything but stones and chaos everywhere …

Empúries Roman baths

… but Covetotop’s readers (all of them are sensitive and incredibly intelligent people) would experience an overwhelming feeling of history, art, culture, cosmos, philosophy, tempus fugit, delenda est Carthago, etc., if they ever visit this magic place.

Greek town of Empúries

Talking about Carthago, in 218 BC, during the Second Punic War, the Roman army under Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio landed at the port of Empúries in order to attack the Carthaginian troops that were boring everybody in the Iberian Peninsula by then. Scipio won and, consequently, the Roman culture and the Latin language prevailed in the whole Iberian Peninsula up to a few years before the arrival of pop culture and trash tv.

Greco Roman wharf of Empúries

In 2014 AD Covetotop swam around the very same Greco-Roman wharf of Empúries where General Scipio landed. This is an incredible place to swim, because the ancient wall is extraordinarily well preserved. The beach is nice and the feeling of history is guaranteed.

Ancient harbor of Empúries

Swimming in archaeological sites always makes me hungry.

Swimming by the ancient  wharf

Not far away from Empúries (a few minutes walking by idyllic beaches) it is the fishing town of l’Escala. A wonderful coastal path connects both locations (see my post “The Coastal Path of Empúries“).

Empúries beach

Getting to l’Escala takes less time if you ride a bicycle …

Empúries beach 2

At l’Escala there are superb and sophisticated restaurants, like “El Molí de l’Escala” or “El Roser 2”, but taking into account that I am not superb nor sophisticated, I opted for the traditional and economical “El Roser” (founded by the grandparents of the fashionable “El Roser 2” owners).

Roser Ampurias

It is located just behind the church of  l’Escala …

l'Escala church

(Note to my readers: this blog is not sponsored by anybody; moreover, nobody at the restaurants or places I visit is ever aware that Covetotop is there. My recommendations are always very personal)

This Greco-Roman day I ate the menu of the day at the old “El Roser”: lobster cream and a delicious paella, plus dessert, mineral water and a bottle of local white wine for just 14 Euros (19 USD).

Lobster cream

Paella El Roser

Ave Caesar!

PD: The official web page of the archeological park of Empúries is this one: www.mac.cat/eng/Branches/Empuries

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Volcano hiking in the Costa Brava

Caution: this post is about an extreme hiking adventure.

The brave, daring, valiant, hardcore adrenalin thrill seeker Covetotop is visiting the Croscat Volcano and its dangerous surroundings.

Read at your own risk.

The adventure starts just now.

10:30 a.m.- Covetotop arrives at the Croscat Volcano (La Garrotxa, Girona). The beast rests just in front of him …

La Garrotxa Croscat

The Croscat Volcano is very recent (from the Quaternary period). Consequently, for safety reasons, before starting the hike, the brave Covetotop checks the soil’s temperature with his bare hand. He finds it normal and suffers no damage (in his bare hand)

Croscat volcano 2This side of the volcano (and almost the whole Natural Park to which it belongs) is covered by lush vegetation.

As far as animals are concerned, according to the Park’s official brochure, “in terms of vertebrates, up to the year 2004 a total of 261 species had been recorded, of which 9 were fish, 11 amphibians, 17 reptiles, 177 birds and 47 were mammals”

Ok. That means that the intrepid Covetotop is dangerously surrounded, at the very least, by 9 fishes, 11 amphibians, 17 reptiles, 177 birds and 47 mammals. Wow!

Green volcano CroscatCovetotop managed to cross the green side of the volcano safe and alive.

Path to the volcanoApart from valiant, Covetotop is sensitive. This is an added problem, because sensitive people are prone to suffer attacks of melancholy whenever they see a wonderful landscape.

Volcanic GarrotxaThe Croscat Volcano is surrounded by a wonderful lanscape.

La Garrotxa by CroscatThe snow covered Pyrenees range makes the perfect background.

Garrotxa and PyreneesFarms with horses are elegiac.

La GarrotxaNotwithstanding the beautiful landscape that surrounds the Croscat Volcano, the valiant and sensitive Covetotop didn’t suffer the slightest attack of melancholy. Moreover, he enjoyed the walk very much.

Volcano border11:15 a.m.- The brave, valiant, sensitive, etc., Covetotop reaches the crater’s heart:

Croscat's craterThere was volcanic activity in this area over hundreds of thousands of years.

Graderes CroscatThe Croscat is a Strombolian volcano, which means a brutal expulsion of ash, lapilli, slag and volcanic bombs.

Volcanic ashesThe last eruption took place some 11,500 years ago, but … who guarantees to Covetotop that he is safe just now? Is it theoretically impossible that the volcano may re-erupt during his pleasant hike? No! Our hero is running a serious theoretical risk!

Volcano surroundingsTwo fearless girls -volcanologists, no doubt- are studying the dormant beast.

Volcanologist girls12:30 p.m.- It is time to abandon this inferno.

Crater CroscatGood bye, Croscat Volcano.

Croscat from afar01.00 p.m.- Covetotop the daring explorer is very hungry.

Restaurants, like volcanoes, can be dangerous places too. Usually they don’t erupt, but they may offer overpriced menus.

Skilled explorers like Covetotop know where the good and inexpensive restaurants are hidden.

Keep calm and follow him.

La Garrotxa landscapeTarget: Restaurant Hostal del Ossos (not far away from the Croscat Volcano)

Soil’s temperature at the restaurant: suitable for human life.

Price of the daily menu: 12 Euros, suitable for Covetotop’s economy.

Menu: three courses plus dessert plus drink. Here they are:

Restaurant Els Ossos 1Els Ossos 2Els Ossos 3Els Ossos 402:30 p.m.- Yum!

Now the adventure can go on. Covetotop, the hardcore adrenalin thrill seeker, is thinking about bungee jumping or something like that.

The first thing he needs is a bridge …

03:00 p.m.– Covetotop arrives at the Campmajor Valley (a 15 minutes drive from the Croscat Volcano) in search of a suitable bridge.

He visits some tiny medieval villages of this charming and little known valley.

La Vall de CampmajorMedieval villages mean rural Romanesque churches.

Sant Miquel de CampmajorThe church of Sant Miquel de Campmajor is Romanesque, but its façade was modified in the Baroque period.

Sant Miquel de Campmajor façadeLet’s go on.

Paths in the Campmajor valley are wonderful and surprising.

Glorious pathCovetotop is looking for a suitable bridge.

Ordinary people think that a suitable bridge (for bungee jumping) is a modern and tall bridge, made of iron and concrete, able to resist the weight of an idiot hanging by an elasticized cord.

That is bullshit.

Covetotop doesn’t need elasticized cords. He prefers real ultra-high-risk sports, like MBC.

MBC (Medieval Bridge Crossing) consists on crossing a medieval bridge from one side to the other.

Medieval bridges are very old, and you never know if they can support your weight without collapsing.

MBC is the ultimate adrenaline pumper.

Here is our goal: the 12th century bridge of Can Prat.

Can Prat bridgeCovetotop barely can breath. No doubt: MBC is by far the most exciting extreme sport.

Here we go, from one side …

Can Prat bridge 1Crossing the bridge… to the other side …

Can Prat 3Wonderful Medieval bridgeBravo Covetotop!

04:30 p.m.- An exhausted Covetotop takes a break by Sant Martí de Campmajor.

Sant Martí de CampmajorSant Martí is just another microvillage with a very old church.

Sant Martí de Campmajor churchThe church’s façade is simple.

Preromanesque façadeThe curch’s door is peculiar.

Ancient doorJust behind the church there is a little farm where they sell honey.

Mel de Sant Martí de CampmajorThe brave Covetotop doesn’t need honey, but he cannot resist the charming smile of the pretty girl who sells it and buys 2 pots.

La Vall de Campmajor honey05:15 p.m.- It is time to go back to base camp.

06:30 p.m.- Arrival in base camp, somewhere in the Costa Brava, facing the Mediterranean Sea.

Covetotop, like any other Mediterranean hero, always drinks a glass of cold horchata after his epic adventures.

Horchata by the sea06:35 p.m.- Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 

 

 

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S’Agaró and its coastal path (Costa Brava)

Traveling trough the Milky Way Galaxy is quite an interesting experience. You can visit other planets and other moons. But, to be sincere, space travel has some disadvantages too. Normally, you don’t meet interesting people out there, because most of those dusty places are uninhabited. And if you are lucky enough to land your spacecraft on an inhabited planet, don’t have great expectations. Most probably nobody will share your interests, and conversations tend to be short and insubstantial.

Another problem that you may encounter in the cosmos (apart from the lack of oxygen, good food and good wine) is that there is neither cell phone coverage nor Internet access. Consequently, you can neither update your blog regularly nor read your digital friends’ newest entries (I’ll catch up asap).

So, the time has come for me to return to our lovely and civilized blue planet.

Mediterranean columnsThe stellar disk of the Milky Way Galaxy is approximately 100,000 light years in diameter, and it contains one trillion stars and a minimum of 100 billion planets. Finding the province of Girona in that stellar soup is a little tricky, but I am a skilled sailor.

Let’s go.

Sant Pol beach

No, my dear reader, I am not that sailor. I post the pic above (and the pic below) just to show you the crystal clear waters of S’Agaró and its Sant Pol beach (Baix Empordà county, province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe, Earth planet) …

S'AgaroIt is a very nice beach …

S'Agaró beachThere are some wonderful hotels in S’Agaró, like this one, named Hostal de La Gavina

Hostal de la GavinaNotwithstanding the name “hostal” (hostel), this is a 5 stars GL hotel, built in 1938. But, as you can guess, I am a little tired of stars. I’d rather take a walk along the beautiful coastal path of S’Agaró …

camí de ronda de S'AgaróThe S’Agaró coastal path connects the very civilized Sant Pol beach with the very wild Sa Conca beach. This path is a great place to stretch one’s legs after any interstellar travel.

S'Agaró trekkingYou have the Mediterranean Sea at one side of the path…

Costa Brava water… and some typical Mediterranean villas (white façades, towers, porticos, terraces, low roof lines) at the other side of the path …

S'Agaró housesImaginative Catalan architects and entrepreneurs built the S’Agaró resort in the 1920’s.

S'Agaró cornerNo ultra-modern architecture here …

Casa S'AgaróSome terrestrial living creatures love running on this healthy and oxygenated path …

Costa Brava runningTerrestrial families prefer tranquil strolls …

Stroll at S'AgaróTerrestrial plants tend to remain still and quiet most of the time, except when the Tramuntana wind blows …

S'Agaró gardensWhen the Tramuntana wind blows, tall ships drop their sails …

Tramuntana Costa BravaWhen the Tramuntana wind blows, open-air conferences are suspended …

Conference in S'AgaróThe great Josep Pla, one of the best writers of the known universe and one of the lesser-known best writers of the known universe (I am not sure if this phrase is grammatically correct in English, but metaphysically it is very accurate) liked this coastal path very much, and wrote some articles about it, like this old one (note: Josep in Catalan = José in Spanish)…

Josep Pla on S'AgaróThe coastal path of S’Agaró ends at the wild Sa Conca beach …

Sa Conca beachAt the other side of the wild Sa Conca beach there is a nothing wild yacht port called Port d’Aro  …

Port d'AroI am not interested in that mundane stuff.

I am interested in galaxies and interstellar spacecrafts …

Interstellar spacecraftI am interested in grilled sardines too …

Grilled sardines TritónDefinitively, there is no better place in the entire Milky Way Galaxy than our little blue planet.

S'Agaró Costa Brava

 

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Monells, Madremanya and the noisy 21st Century

I can hardly bear this noisy era. It is really disgusting. We are surrounded by all kinds of horrible noises.

If I check my Merriam-Webster dictionary, I realize that the word “noise” has a myriad of synonyms. I am almost sure that most of those synonyms have been invented during the last 100 years. I even tend to think that some of them have been created in very recent years, just after the appearance of rap music.

Din, blare, clangor, roar, katzenjammer, bluster, cacophony, brawl, hullabaloo, ballyhoo, hurry-scurry … All these words mean “noise”. All these words mean 21st century. Noise and its myriad of synonyms can be found anywhere.

Take for example two tiny villages of my beloved hidden realm: Monells and Madremanya. Both are Medieval villages, built out of stone. Both are isolated in the middle of a wonderful countryside, not far away from the Mediterranean coastline. Are they peaceful and silent? … No. They aren’t. They are noisy.

Follow me and discover this horror.

Let’s start with Monells.

medieval square

Streets are so narrow and twisty in Monells that cars cannot pass through them.

narrow medieval street

Buses in Monells? Impossible!

arcos ampurdán

Trucks? No way!

long medieval street

I know what you are thinking: -“If there are no cars, buses or trucks zooming by on the streets, Monells must be a very peaceful place”-

Empordanian door

No, my friend; you’re deathly wrong.

Ampurdán Monells

Believe it or not, there are other vehicles zooming by on the streets of Monells. Vehicles that make noises like ssshhhh sssshhhh sssshhhh …

It is so disgusting!

Here below you have one of them: it’s rush hour in Monells.

Medieval rush

Sssshhh ssssshhhh sssshhh …

Things can get even worse. It may rain …

Rain in Monells

Under these heavy conditions, the “ssssshhhh” sounds louder and, from time to time, when those damned bicycles cross a muddle, they add one or two “splashhh” to the “ssssshhhhh” and then you get a really disturbing cacophony that sounds like this: sssssshhhhh sssssshhhhh splashhhh! ssshh splasssssshhh! ssssshhhh …

And then comes lunch time.

Monells lunch

In Mediterranean countries people love having lunch “al fresco”.

Eating “al fresco” means eating outside.

Eating al fresco is a noisy business because people tend to talk. Some of them even sing horrible folk songs while they eat. I cannot figure out how the hell they can do both things simultaneously. I can’t, but they do. It’s noisy, noisy, noisy.

And then comes “siesta” time.

Siesta ampurdanesa

“Siesta” means afternoon nap.

Does “siesta” mean silence?

No.

Why not?

Because after having lunch al fresco, singing horrible folk songs and drinking lots of red wine, people snore.

Yes. They do.

Medieval Emporda

Even with their homes’ windows closed, the sensitive wanderer can hear that thing called snore while he walks through the otherwise peaceful and silent streets of Monells.

It’s so disgusting!

Monells streets

I am much more civilized than that. Whenever I go to Monells, I don’t have lunch in the middle of the street. In Monells I always go to my friend Anita’s Restaurant, which is located just in front of the church …

iglesia Monells

L’Hort del Rector” is one of the best restaurants of my world. I blogged about it in Covetotop’s post Restaurant L’Hort del Rector (Monells, Baix Empordà) … It is peaceful, cozy, very bohemian, and they offer superb Catalan cuisine (and all kind of cod dishes you can or cannot imagine) …

cod with foie

Back in the streets of Monells, I find new potentially noisy threats, like a cat:

rustic door with a cat

A dog:

Dog

Those animals make noises like MEW and WOOF. It’s so disgusting!

It is no wonder that I end up totally stressed and willing to fly away from Monells.

Monells 7

Yes. I want to fly away from this noisy village.

Monells 8

I ride my bicycle –totally stressed- to the neighboring village of Madremanya.

Ssshhhhh sssssssshhhhhh ssssshhhhhh …

The path is nice.

trekking in Costa Brava

Both villages are immersed in a wild, wonderful countryside.

Madremanya and Monells

This region somehow looks like a “little Tuscany”. The bad news is that you won’t find amazing Piero della Francesca’s frescoes here. The good news is that you won’t find a flotilla of buses crowded by tourists looking for amazing Piero della Francesca’s frescoes.

Carretera ampurdanesa

I have just arrived in Madremanya.

Madremanya church

Madremanya is a peaceful place, but I am still very stressed.

Madremanya street

The door is closed, nobody snores, I am stressed.

Puerta ampurdanesa

No dogs. No cats. I am stressed.

Patio in Madremanya

I’ll try to calm down myself by following that sign (pic below, left). It means something like “healthy itinerary” …

Itinerario saludable

The healthy itinerary is very nice and very healthy, but it didn’t work for me. I am stressed. This is a weird feeling. How to explain it? It is like walking through a dark and noisy tunnel …

Alley in Madremanya

I guess I need some specialized help.

I’d rather visit the local guru.

Yes I’ll do it.

I’ll ask him: “Oh magnificent and wise local guru. The 21st century is noisy. I am stressed. What can I do?

Catalan donkey

– Thanks!

Costa Brava cove

 

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