Thursday, All Saints Day in Spain and France. Unfortunately, this will be the last time it is celebrated in Spain as a national holiday because of the austerity measures. Next year it will be a regular working day. There were lots of visitors in the port with people sitting on benches or walls just soaking up the sun. The scuba diving boat that we haven't seen at all lately made at least two trips today.
On Saturday afternoon, we decided to visit Figueres once the shops were open. As we drove along the highway we could clearly see the beautiful snow covered far Pyrenees. River beds that were completely dry until torrential rain last week were now bursting.
We passed the roast chestnut stall to watch the biggest barbecue that you could imagine. It was cooking different kinds of sausages, pork and huge slabs of spareribs. A huge seating area was set up at the end of the Ramblas and people were dining on the barbecued food accompanied by big hunks of fresh bread and sangria or beer. It smelled quite wonderful. This project is to help revitalise the Ramblas. I think it worked. I've never seen so many people in Figueres, many from nearby France. It certainly created a lovely atmosphere.