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Garraf

Thought I’d share a little dreamy weekend trip I took a long time ago, while I was living in Spain. I visited the small quaint beach-front town, Garraf, on a whim. It was one of the first trips I took alone. It was a beautiful and peaceful experience that really touched my heart. I spent a whole trip utterly alone and in silence. There were not many souls wandering around Garraf which gave it an almost dreamlike quality to it, where every strange detail was heightened. The passing of the sun, just inching across the sky.

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Originally posted : 10/5/2008

Yesterday, after consulting some informative guide books, I decided to spend my Saturday at Garraf which is a small beach town 30 minutes outside Barcelona. After heading over to the train station, I bought my ticket, but then couldn’t figure out my station!

I found some help through my amazing Spanish skills, and then hopped on my first European train! Very exciting, and very useful. I got off on my platform which seemed a little questionable since it was really in the middle of nowhere (except next to the beach). I headed over and spread out a towel.

Garraf was beautiful. I mean most oceans and beaches are really photographically pretty, but this place was scarily storybook pretty. Waters were a clear turquoise, so bright that it looked like sun was shining from the bottom of it out. The sand was a fine soft dust to walk on, and smoothed into a nice blanket.

The rocks and flowers around the beach seemed more like Greece than Spain. The only people left on this beach were a few locals and the die hard surfers. The feeling was calm, relaxed, and seemed like time slowed there. If it wasn’t for the setting sun, I think the day would have inched along at its choosing.

The town was quaint and beautiful as well. With some help from the locals I found a little un-known Gaudí building. Today its a restaurant called Gaudí Garraf and is a styled interpretation of Gaudí’s thoughts on medieval castles. I found it very romantic and beautiful. I loved it! It was quite unlike other Gaudí buildings, but still had him whimsical and nature inspired touches.

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Julia

Love the photography! I can imagine being there and feeling the silence of the heart….

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