Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Teatre Museu Dali

Day: 380
Perpignan to Figueres
Time: 3:39:00
Distance: 63.3
Avg Speed: 17.3
Terrain: Rolling
Location: 42° 16' 0 N, 2° 58' 0 E

We got out of town pretty easily today. Leslie gave Perpignan the karate kick and kung-fu chop and got us out painlessly. Her navigation skills are awe inspiring. The highway was pretty busy, but the going was easy as we headed south towards Spain. We rode for just under two hours when we spotted our new favorite French restaurant…McDonald’s. A large fry and a large coke helped to fuel us along up the pass to the border. One note on border towns. They are all the same, whether in seaside ports or highway ports, SEEDY.
We crested the pass and rolled into our 8th country of the Euro tour. It was seemingly all downhill as we pedaled into Figueres. It is a nice little town away from the border whose claim to fame is the Salvador Dali Museum. The museum is situated in the former Municipal Theatre that was destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Dali chose this sight ‘first because I am an eminently theatrical painter; second because the Theatre is in front of the church where I was baptized and third, because it was precisely in the lobby of the Theatre that I had my first exhibition of paintings’. He took this space and made it the ‘largest surrealistic object in the world’.
His works and info on the museum can be found here (http://www.salvador-dali.org/). The imagination, texture and I guess surrealism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrealism) that he portrayed in his works was mesmerizing. It is one of the coolest and unique museums that I have ever been to.
Not wanting to leave the roll of a full bore tourist, we decided to eat dinner out, rather than cook in. We have now gone to Spain and eaten paella. Good stuff.
All for now.
Hasta luego

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