Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Tramuntana makes for great wave watching
Down in the village it was extremely difficult walking to the bar for our morning coffee. The sand whipped us as we staggered in to the bar. The white rollers were crashing into the beach and little white rollers, picollinos or little sheep as the Italians call them, could be seen far out to sea. This was a perfect day for wave watching.
We went to the far side of the village admiring the waves crashing into the rocks, and kept driving until the road ended. Here the water again lashed into the bay. We got out of the car and to our amazement some people were walking on a narrow path on the other side of the bay. In fact two people were standing out on some far rocks. I don't know if they had special equipment or not. Later when we looked they had gone. For all we know they could be floating out at sea. The winds were so high it was very difficult to stand let alone walk.
Our next stop was a lookout on the Ronda, the path that goes all along the coast. The winds were really gusting. In fact my sunglasses blew right off my face. Fortunately, Seamus grabbed them before they sailed into the sea below. Once again we really had to battle the wind back to the car.
In the nearby town of Figueres we heard that people were being blown over in the streets. At the time of writing this we have lost power, something that never happens no matter how high the winds. After about fifteen minutes we could see all the lights come on in the village below us and a few minutes later we had light.
The tramuntana winds will last until Saturday morning with a big blow out on Friday. It is windy but today walking is not a problem. Things are back to normal with our furnace breaking down once again after only ten days.