Showing posts from November, 2012

Celia's Birthday Dinner

It was lovely to just walk downstairs to dinner. We had all had a nap or siesta after returning from the picnic with time to dress up  Celia wore her beautiful new shirt made from kimono fabric that Sharan and Anne-Marie had given her and looked great for 60 years!  Sharan and the hosts discussed and chose wines and we started a beautiful 5 course meal that was truly superb! A great way to end a celebratory day.

Celia's Day Picnic Lunch

We headed off in our car, following Barry et al in a red car with a luggage pod on top, easy to follow.  A surprise was the Autumn colour on all the Grape vines, not an aspect we had considered in the time of year. Views of villages, hills and coloured vines made for a great drive and we arrived beside (admittedly it was low down and not near us )  a river and a spot with a table. 

Celia's Day. A.M. Later

After  a fabulous breakfast we headed down town to the village market, to not only browse, shop or gape but to use our hunter gather skills to buy supplies for the planned picnic lunch.
Hadn't realised that almost everyone but me was in a leather jacket!

The weather was mild and not windy so we had a good stroll around, meeting for coffee mid way and then back to the cars for the drive to a  'yet to be found' picnic spot

Celia's Day AM

The day started with a late breakfast (for the hotel). I gave her the gift of the Blue Wren in our room then we joined the others for breakfast and gifts.

Off to France

To celebrate Celia's birthday we travelled on to Nyon in France in the Drome region.

We saw the Barcelona Arena on many roundings of the roundabout and learnt that if we were in a side service  lane rather than the main drag, Kylie thought we had turned. When we worked that out we had  a smoother drive and eventually hit the motorways, at times a nail biting experience.

We arrived in France (no border crossing or passports needed)
and ignoring Kylie found the Hotel in the small village of Nyon.
Kylie provided us with huge entertainment with her straight Aussie accent of French street names and places. We would hoot with laughter and ask "Lets see what that one is" the classic was a long one, rue de la ?th  June 19 something.

We met up there with Sharan and Peter Burrow from Belgium, Annemarie and Barry from Melbourne,
Travelling form Barcelona were Celia, Sue and Bernadette from New York,  Deb friend of Sue's from Beaumaris (and ex Girl Guide with Celia!) and myself.

Barcelona 5. Palau de la Musica Catalan

Now this one was a surprise and thrill. A beautiful place reminiscent, to me of Mucha decorated Municipal House in Prague  Mucha Art Nouvea artist was 'discovered' when in 1894, he happened to go into a print shop where there was a sudden and unexpected need for a new advertising poster for a play featuring Sarah Bernhardt. The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó  Catala,  a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixenca (Catalan Rebirth) It took only 3 years to build, and in 1997, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site  The amazing central glass light on the roof was made by Rigalt and Granell.  (Saw this on the screen for a few minutes in  film "Mirror Mirror:" an otherwise unmemorable film)  The façade is made in red brick and dec…