Monday, October 8, 2012

Enjoying Cadaques in fine fall weather

At night time there are far fewer lights from houses in the village. Many stores in the village are closed. The gelato stores have been closed from the middle of September but now even the deli is closed except on the weekends, another deli and bread shop is closed for October and the  chicken rotisserie shop is open only on the weekends. I was going to shop at the "other" supermarket a couple of days ago only to find that every shelf was stripped. The store will open next year. Worst of all the coast guard dismantled the buoys marking the swimming area and removed the raft. The weather is still warm so this was a little premature.

To help us get over the removal of the buoys, we took a quick trip over to Cadaques, which is always pretty lively. After a cortado -- espresso with a little milk -- we set off to look for Casa Anita, a restaurant that has been highly recommended to us. We walked up a little lane way by the coffee shop and there it was. The forty-year-old restaurant is open very limited hours and  is quite small. Best of all there is no menu, they just bring you what they have cooked on the day. I love restaurants like this.

We continued our walk around the back lanes of Cadaques admiring the still flowering mauve and pink bougainvillea that climbed high on the stone faced buildings. Many of the pathways were just cut out of the rock and many houses had rocky outcrops as part of their foundations and ground floors. Finally, we ended up back down at the sea front admiring the sun's rays making a pattern through the fast moving clouds.
Eventually we ended up by the church that dominates the town. On previous visits the church had been closed but today the doors were open and the sounds of an organ being played beckoned us inside. It was quite spectacular inside with gold leaf from floor to ceiling behind the altar. It wasn't really what I expected in a small town.

We are looking forward to returning to Cadaques soon to have a special meal at Casa Anita.

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