Thursday, 2 April 2015

Last stop - Salvador Dali

After The Alhambra Palace, it took about two weeks to get out of Spain, but not before seeing The Salvador Dali Museum.

Since buying the ‘ACSI’ camping book from Cabopino, we have managed to find some great campsites on the way through Spain. The book (and app) lets you know the location of hundreds of campsites through Europe at discount rates out of season (which for most is all year except the summer and perhaps Easter school holidays). It informs you of what facilities they have and even has a ‘reviews’ section which has turned out to be very handy.

With this new tool at our disposal we managed to source campsites with indoor swimming pools and gyms, all the way to France. The average price for a night is €16 (about £12 currently) which we thought was as cheap as chips, especially with the gyms, spas and pools, although you do have to pay around another €5 for the kids.

We were usually the only ones in the pool and ended up swimming into the night which has been really nice. Thomas now doesn’t wear arm bands at all and constantly throws himself in. I doubt we will ever have swimming pools to ourselves again when we get home.

After two weeks of various campsites and pools, some tiny, some huge, some pitiful, we managed to get to Figueres in the north Spain, not far from the French border. This has been on the cards for a while now as I wanted to see the Salvador Dali museum there. He is my favourite artist and I find his paintings fascinating.

Now I don’t normally do over excitement, but on the way into the museum I felt the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. His paintings were, as I had hoped, amazing. The kids, of course, found it boring and Alfie was very offended at the pieces which had boobs in, which was unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it) a lot.

Although the kids couldn’t wait to leave, they did allow me to see the whole museum and didn’t play up too much.   

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