Archive for October, 2016

Final Day of Costa Brava Running tour

Final Day of Costa Brava Running tour

October 26, 2016 After our final, satisfying Spanish breakfast buffet we three slightly-tired, trail-worn Americans and our fearless, shoeless, happy and inspiring leader Pablo hit the road for a half hour drive to start today where we left off yesterday at Port de la Selva (the eastern-most part of Spain. Today’s run would be one [...]


Dali, Inspiring landscapes, Eastern-most point of Spain

Dali, Inspiring landscapes, Eastern-most point of Spain

Oct 25, 2016 Cadaques to Port d’ el Selva Cadaques is a small, beautifully-preserved city on the northern coast of the Costa Brava area of Catalonia.  Tourism and specialty restaruants are important here.  It is also well-known for being the home and inspirational landscape to surrealist artist Salvador Dali and his muse and wife, Russian [...]


Double Run Day and back to the Coast

Double Run Day and back to the Coast

This morning we got a late start, which was pretty nice in that everything was laid-back and flexible. With running every day – even though I love love love it- it’s quite nice to sleep in, eat a leisurely breakfast and have time for it to digest before heading out. It is now only us [...]


Coastal trails, Paella, and another “Castle”

Coastal trails, Paella, and another "Castle"

Today was my most favorite day yet!  I think it has a little to do with getting into the flow of things.  I remember that when I did the Camino it took me a good week to get a routine down; with unpacking and re-packing each day, with the time change, with meals and navigating [...]


Running to the Sea!

Running to the Sea!

Oct 22, from Peratallada to Llafranc, a Costa Brava coastal city I awoke in Peratallada bundled in one of the coziest beds I’ve ever slept in, with large pillows surrounding me. It was barely light outside and almost 8am but was chilly and cloudy out. I met our group for a very light breakfast (the [...]


Peratallada, “carved stone” village

Peratallada, "carved stone" village

Oct 21, 2016 Today our group, again led by Pablo, ran about 25k (15.5 miles) from just outside of Girona into a town called Peratallada which means “carved stone”.  We saw remnants of a castle, many old stone walls, a moat, and a church, along with some highly ranked contemporary restaurants which suprised me!  Not [...]


Girona on foot

Girona on foot

Oct 20, 2016 Girona is one of the major Catalan cities, and has a complex and interesting history through stories and rulers of the Iberians (indigenous inhabitants), Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Charlemagne. Though all those changes various religions dominated and combined. In the 12th century the Jewish community flourished in Girona. All of these noteworthy [...]


Return to Spain; Oct 19, 2016

Return to Spain; Oct 19, 2016

Barcelona to Girona! October 19, 2016 After an unfortunate mechanical delay which required over 3 hours and an unplanned plane change in Newark (though with gritted teeth I reminded myself to be thankful that a malfunction is caught before the plane leaves the ground..), I was finally en route to Spain. The excitement has been building [...]