May 12, 2001

I took some time off on Saturday to drive up the coast to the northeast from Barcelona. This is called the Costa Brava. I went to a little town named Tossa del Mar. I parked just off the highway and walked into the old part of town where the streets are about as wide as a car. It was picturesque, but quite touristy. I got there around 6, so there weren't too many people on the beach. At one end of the beach was a small hill which apparently is the remains of an old walled city. Below are attached 3 pictures. The first shows the hill with walls and towers. The second shows the remains of a church. The third is a view of the Mediterranean from on top of the hill. There were a variety of pretty flowers including something that looked sort of like a yucca with lots of clumps of small orange flowers among the spined leaves and one 5 foot high spear .

There were places where stone steps went up to a 3 feet wide ledge running along the inside of wall near the top. I walked up to see what was inside the towers (nothing). The ledge was about 15 feet off the ground, and I found that I was quite nervous walking along the ledge.

There are still some intact buildings within the walls. Some people live there, and there were several small restaurants. I ate on a terrace with a lovely view of the city and the hills behind.

As I walked back to my car, I saw an interesting bowling alley. It was an American style alley with normal size pins and balls and gutters in the lanes, but the alleys were only about half the normal length. (Clearly not the 62 feet 10 and 3/16 inches that we learned they should be in high school P.E. We actually had to know that for a test). The top of each pin was attached to a string that went up to some mechanism overhead. After the pins were knocked over, the mechanism just reeled in the string until the pins were dangling, and then lowered them back into position.