Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Oh to be in Spain, I would choose Can Torras

With the cold and damp we are experiencing this winter, I can now understand why so many people escape to get some sun and warmth for a week, a month or even longer. I love Spain in April, May and June, when on the hillsides there are so many wild flowers.

We have visited Jenny in Spain several times. Some time ago she lived in the south, but now lives closer to the Pyrenees, in Gerona. The countryside is unspoilt and beautiful, and the picturesque city has splendid 'medieval' centre, surrounded by walls . My favourite time is when the flower festival is on, but I gather from Jenny that most towns and small villages vie with each other to put on festivals several times a year.

This picture is amongst the dozens I took during the last flower festival I visited, and it is free!

On several visits Jenny took me up to see her good friend Karen, who lives in the most idyllic setting a few miles from Gerona, in peaceful countryside. The garden is set up on a hill, with the most wonderful of views, but looking at the garden, this is truly a plants woman's dream. Karen has combined the best of the English Garden style with the terrain, and has a wide collection of plants, which we can only dream of growing here.

This is a long way from their roots in England, but Karen and David are now well grafted into their corner of Catalonia. Karen together with her husband David, have worked on an old traditional farm house, and made a beautiful home, and are now ready to welcome guests. With easy flights into Gerona's airport, it is not far to Karen and David's, about a forty minute car drive I would say.

Should any friend of mine be thinking of having a go at arranging their own type of holiday, then I would suggest they look over Can Torras which is an excellent start to planning your holiday. Karen has built up this site with many links to help you to get the most out of your stay with them.

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