On the road to Cadaques, Spain

On the road to Cadaques, Spain
August 19, 2012 Sue

During my vacation with my daughter in Spain we drove from Barcelona to Cadaques, Spain. And what a little adventure that was!  For me, there were so many things that were different and outside of my comfort zone, being in another country, a different language (why didn’t I keep up with Spanish that I took in school!), the use of the metric system- I constantly had to keep asking my daughter for the conversion, new foods, new people…. it was all so EXCITING!!!  My brain was running in overload trying to take it all in within a weeks time.

Of course, my camera was snapping all the time, even while we were driving, well, she was driving, I was snapping.

Mtn View Cadaques







The mountains were surprisingly very dry and rocky .

Tiny Car








This was our teeny tiny rental car! It was even smaller than the Mini-Cooper I normally drive. I felt like a strong gust of wind was going to blow us off the mountain.

Sue on top of the World










I felt like I was on top of the World. And yes… I’m holding on to the guardrail, we were that high up and the road was so narrow that I was getting dizzy.

Cadaques 5km





We’re almost there! Only 5 kilometers to go. And again, don’t ask me how many miles that really is. I keep asking why the US has not fully converted to the Metric system after all these years. Do you believe that the US and only 2 other countries in the World are not on the Metric system! I really felt stupid not being familiar with the metric system to use on a daily basis.

Overlooking Cadaques

The view as we approached Cadaques was breathtaking. Just look at the color of the water. I’m hoping I can re-create that in my paintings!

Comments (13)

  1. Michele Bergh 5 years ago

    Beautiful pictures, Sue. I dont know how you handled the heights! Do you have plans now to learn the metric system? LOL

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Very funny! It would be like trying to learn Spanish. If you don’t use it you lose it. I think we just need to pull the plug here in the US and switch. Kind of like the band-aid, this slow progression is killing us.

  2. Suzanne 5 years ago

    What beautiful sights. Enjoy your trip with your daughter. It looks awesome.

    The metric system came to Canada probably early ’70’s… I wasn’t quite a teen yet. To this day, I don’t use the metric measurements for cooking and measuring. I just don’t like it and I don’t want to try. lol Otherwise I’m good with metric for mileage and temperature. When I speak with my father he’s still in the Fahrenheit system and I get all confused and can’t figure it out. lol Don’t let any of this stop you from having a wonderful vacation.

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Suzanne! The sights were AMAZING! But the time spent with my daughter were even better.
      I don’t know why this Metric system thingy has been such a burning point for me. There were not many Americans where we were traveling so perhaps I felt out of the loop.
      I remember back in the 70’s when the US was just starting to think of switching but then nothing progressed. Oh well, I guess I’m too old to change now!! ha!

  3. Tffany 5 years ago

    Oh wow…didn’t know you guys were going to Spain. How exciting!! I took Spanish in school for years, but have not used it for so long I am sure I would be just like you – asking someone to help me out. I am currently learning German, so my hope is to visit Germany in the coming years. I can’t wait to see what art you create with the beautiful scenery you have there in Europe. Enjoy.

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Hey Tiffany- how cool that you are learning German! It would be wonderful to take a trip there and really get to practice in person! I know you will love it.
      I’ve done a little painting while I was in Spain but will have to use the photos for the rest of my inspiration. I will keep you posted.
      BTW- I loved the business cards you created for me. I was a nice surprise when I got home!!

  4. Janet 5 years ago

    Oh, Sue! My husband and I visited our daughter in Barcelona almost 3 years ago, FIRST TIME EVER in Europe, did not know I would ever get to do it in this lifetime. It was totally cool. I am still making little art quilts from some of my experiences there. And I know how it is the BEST being with a daughter. Have fun, have fun!

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Janet, it was a marvelous trip I’m sure I will remember for a long time to come. Isn’t traveling to Europe grand???! And I have many ideas brewing for creative projects.

  5. Anonymous 5 years ago

    The landscape looks a lot like California. Oh that’s right, we stole it from them awhile back, lol. Looks like you had a wonderful time. When can we expect the watercolors? xo

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      Sue 5 years ago

      I painted a bit while I was there, I just need to get past this jet lag and back on this time zone so I can get them scanned in the computer. More to come!!

  6. Sue Jorgenson 5 years ago

    Oh, beautiful…particularly the harbor pictures. What a fabulous opportunity! I can’t wait to see your paintings and any other reminiscing about this trip!

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Thanks Sue,This had been a fabulous trip. Traveling with my daughter was a blast. As soon as I get this suitcase unpacked I will be able to post some of the watercolor sketches I did while on location.
      Thanks for stopping by

  7. Tiffany 5 years ago

    Oh super – you got home and saw the cards. I am thrilled that you like them, it was a pleasure working and designing with you. Please let us know if we can team up again in the future!!

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