Two nights in one place gave us the opportunity to rest a bit… a few options: a long ride with Marty, a short scenic ride with Jill or a rest day. Since I went on the Jill ride (duh!), I only have photos from that. But, wow. Such an incredibly beautiful place.
The girls (except CONNIE!) went to the botanic gardens, Jardí Botanic de Cap Roig. They are spectacular. The grounds are enormous. The home and gardens were built by a Russian aristocrat for his love, over 100 years ago. Since their affair was somewhat taboo at the time (they each divorced to be together), they escaped to this reclusive estate by the sea. But, they did entertain and throw lavish parties now and then. While the villa looks Spanish in style, his Russian heritage (he was an architect/builder) is evident in several features throughout the property. Upon their death, they left their estate to the city of Calella where they enjoyed so many years together. The money derived from the gardens goes back into tending them for future generations, education for local school children and several music festivals for locals and tourists to enjoy at a great amphitheater overlooking the sea. What a legacy!
Local artists are represented among the grounds. Highly unique (mostly modern) sculptures — of all varieties — are scattered throughout. Jill helped us to translate this piece.
Ended our little excursion with lunch by the sea. Grilled vegetables, goat cheese salad and the local favorite, Mojitos!
Back to the beach for an afternoon siesta/fiesta!
Does this local gentleman perhaps think we are a bit of the “obnoxious American”?
Gorgeous night with full moon reflecting on the sea. Off to dinner and then goodnight. Last ride is tomorrow.