Dining, Exploring, Family

Dani and Wayne Visit, Part One

I’ve been missing in action (well at least from my blog) the past few days as our daughter Dani and her partner Wayne have been visiting from Australia. They are having a month’s long trip driving through Portugal, Spain, and France. We’re lucky as they are stopping here to see us twice!

They arrived last Tuesday afternoon. We passed the afternoon having tapas in our garden, thankfully with a breeze that kept it comfortable. A fun afternoon of food, laughter, and family. After going to town to check into The Dolce, they returned for dinner. Bob’s Paella! While that was cooking, we took a brief stroll through the village.

Wayne discovering the skeleton in the village jail.

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Such a beautiful couple!

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A flock of birds took off just as I snapped this photo.

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Then home to Bob’s fabulous cooking.

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Wednesday we had breakfast in Sitges and wandered around town.

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After a bit of lunch at Sausalito Sitges Beach, we rented four of their lounge chairs for a bit of sun. Sun, swimming, and relaxation. The beach was amazingly empty for a hot afternoon.

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The evening included dinner at our favorite restaurant, Alfresco. Another fabulous meal! Xavi and his team really know how to do it.

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Xavi, Dani, and Wayne enjoying a chat.

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We left Dani and Wayne to enjoy the Sitges nightlife and had this view as we walked back to our car.

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Thursday, we headed to the open-air market in Sant Sadurni.

The market was a bit sparse but our purpose was really to pick up rotisserie chicken and roast potatoes from one of the vendors. We took this up to El Castell de Subirats which Bob and I had discovered by chance about a year and a half ago. You can read more about that in this post. What a view it has.

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On the way home, we drove up to the castle that sits on the mountain across from our village, Olèrdola Castle. You can read all about that in my post here.

We didn’t go into the castle part of the property as we were just making a quick stop and you need to pay for that section. We wandered through the Pla dels Albats area.

A sobering part of the site was the Pla dels Albats necropolis which was part of a settlement outside the walled enclosure. Again quoting the guide brochure “There are nearly a hundred anthropomorphic tombs distributed around the church of Santa Maria. Many of them were for new-born babies and children (albats), hence the name of the site. The church and its cemetery are located in the middle of what was a densely-populated extramural neighbourhood.”

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Our village on the opposite mountain.

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Incredible views.

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The guys.

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We ended the day with tapas in Sitges and a wander along the seafront.

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Dad and his girl. ♥♥♥

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We dropped them at the hotel and headed home as I had a fiction writers’ online workshop starting at 11:15pm.

Friday morning while I went to my writers’ group, Bob made them breakfast before they left for France for the next four days.

They return here Tuesday when we have more fun planned including a cava tour.

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