Travel Tips & Advice on “walking”

Tips for City Hicks Who Have Never Hiked/Trekked Before

Growing up in a Chicago apartment, trekking and/or sleeping in a tent was the furthest thing from my mind. All I knew, came from watching Smoky The Bear and Bullwinkle The Moose. A vacation meant sitting on a Chicago beach or by a pool, sun-tanning and taking an occasional dip to cool off. However, I […]

The Bizarre and “Must Visit” Teatre-Museu Dali in Figueres, Spain

The week’s hiking portion from France into Spain was over. Six hikers staying at Hotel S/aguarda in Cadaques (Helen and Kevin, two French ladies and us) were going to be transferred back to Colliioure by van. A 1-1/2 hour stop was scheduled in Figueres first for those who wanted to visit the famous Teatre-Museu Dali […]

Casa Salvador Dali in Port Lligat, Spain

Hotel S’aguarda also serves a huge breakfast buffet with ham, cheese, yogurt, etc. A sign over the tables asks “Please do not take food away” which we’ve seen people do all over Europe ( I had no intention of doing that). Another sunny and warm day, perfect for the walk to Casa Dali in Port […]

What to See and Do in Cadaques, Spain

Cadaques has an old quarter with plentiful galleries, art and craft shops, along with clothes. Most shops only open on weekends in the winter, but Cadaques jumps from Easter on. The climate is mild doesn’t get too hot in summer. Information Office told us that the Tramontana can result in very “uncomfortable” weather during the […]

Walking From Port de La Selva to Cadaques, Spain

Both of us nearly fainted when we walked into the Hotel Porto Christo dining room for breakfast. A gigantic buffet of eggs, bacon, juice, yogurt, breads, sweet rolls, juices, cold cuts…View image…everything. The biggest breakfast we’d seen during the trip and you should have seen us eat. Still trying to make a decision, do we […]

Walking From Llanca to Port de la Selva, Spain

Today’s route called for steep climb from sea level to the Monastery of Saint Pere de Rodes near the summit of San Salvador peak. This monastery is considered the most important building from the Roman era in Catalonia and can be reached by car (if you are driving) along with footpaths from Llanca or halfway […]

Walking From Portbou/Port Bou to Llanca, Spain in Gale Force Winds

How can I tactfully relate what today was like? I can’t. It was one mean “M-F”. It began with ample sunshine and we decided it was going to be a t-shirt day. The usual routine…ate breakfast, left the suitcases for transport…and walked outside. It was downright cool if not cold and the wind was roaring […]

Walking (or not) From Banyuls, France to Portbou/Port Bou, Spain

Actually, we didn’t walk. I had surgery three weeks before this trip and faithfully promised my surgeon that I wouldn’t overdo. After yesterday’s 9-1/2 mile walk, it was the easier option (and smarter) to train it from Banyuls sur Mer to Portbou/Port Bou. A skimpy breakfast at hotel with only rolls, juice and coffee, left […]

Walking From Collioure to Banyuls sur Mer, France

Breakfast. Dropped our suitcases for transfer by La Pelerine to Banyuls sur Mer and were on the trails by 9:20 a.m. Another beautiful, sunny day…perfect for walking…past the acres and acres of vineyards. Bayuls sur Mer is the biggest wine village out of all the Vermillion Coast wine destinations. It was Sunday and families along […]

A Wonderful Day in Gorgeous Collioure, France

In France there is no sky as blue as the one in Collioure…I just have to close the shutters of my room and I have all the colors of the Mediterranean before me. — HENRI MATISSE Collioure is 26 km/15 miles north of the Spanish border. This very picturesque village is nestled in a small […]