Pujan Dhar gave an interesting talk on his holidays in Spain. On his first visit he was attracted to the Spanish way of life and culture. He found the cities to be clean with wide roads and tree-lined pavements.
Pujan’s talk then focused on three areas in Catalunya.
Roses and the surrounding countryside
The seaside resort
of Roses is located in a sheltered bay on the Costa Brava with a 2-mile beach and is an ideal place to base a holiday. Fortifications, megalithic tombs and museums can be visited locally.
Barcelona is a vibrant city with wide streets and pedestrianised walkways, the most famous being the tree-lined Ramblas, which stretches for 1.2 kilometres connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher
Columbus Monument on the waterfront. The unfinished cathedral, la Sagrada Familia, designed by Gaudi, is a popular tourist attraction. Building work commenced in 1882 and the cathedral still remains unfinished. Other examples of Gaudi’s unique form of
architecture can be seen in Barcelona. Panoramic views of the city are enjoyed on a cable car ride to Montjuïc.
The Salvador Dali museum
in the small town of Figueres is also well worth a visit. The museum is full of his surreal works, such as a sculpture of Mae West’s lips in the form of a sofa and, perhaps the most impressive, the Rainy Cadillac. A large Cadillac is parked in
the museum courtyard with a shark headed chauffeur and a large statute suspended above it. Various paintings in the museum depict different images according to the angle of view.
Throughout the talk we were treated
to the following Spanish wines:
1) Cava, Waitrose; 2) Torres Vina Sol, rosé; 3) Flor de San Martin Garnacha, Navarra; 4) Moscatel,
sweet white; 5) Sol de Valencia, Gewurztraminer; 6) Baron de Barbon, Reserva, rioja.
After the talk many of us felt inspired to re-visit Spain (or visit for the first time). Despite a technical glitch in the
numbering sequence for the photos and more especially the last-minute re-location of the meeting room, Pujan gave a really good presentation.