Sant Pere Pescador to Roses - Dreaming On - Over the Pyrenees - CycleBlaze

September 11, 2022

Sant Pere Pescador to Roses

Today, instead of continuing up the coast, we headed inland 20km to the town of Figueres to visit the iconic museum of Salvador Dali (1904- 1989).   In the 1960’s when  Dali was asked by the mayor of Figueres, where he was born, to donate a painting to the city’s museum, Dalí decided to do much more than that, he bought and transformed the town's theater—which was nearly destroyed during the Spanish Civil War—into the Dalí Theater and Museum. 

We were concerned about what we would do with our loaded bicycles but after some on-line searching, Steven found out that the bus station would store our panniers for 2 Euros a bag.  A bit pricey but well worth the peace of mind. We rode our empty bikes to the museum, locked them to a tree and as there wasn’t a line, purchased our tickets and entered the wild world of surrealism.
It actually isn’t that wild, especially by today’s standards, but one can see how Dali likely would have been a forgotten post-impressionist or cubist had he not made himself into something different.  We wandered through the four floors and numerous galleries making some sense of his immense body of work, his fertile imagination and his grasp of commercial promotion and branding that made him wold famous. 
Good thing we liked the museum so much because the ride there was mostly through hot, dusty landscapes of industrial farming. On the way back we abandoned the bike path and took the paved road that was not too busy on a Sunday afternoon. 

By the time we got to Roses we were melting and ready for a swim, then a light supper admiring the evening sky and planning tomorrow’s trip over the hill to Cadaques. 

A shaded portion of the path from Sant Pere
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Fashionable people at a cafe in the town where Salvador Dali lived
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Dalí himself bought the old Theatre building in Figueres and converted it into a museum for his art.
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Furniture and melting clocks
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Stairway decor
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Complex use of pattern and perspective from a 1952 painting.
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Ceiling mural depicts heaven and hell?
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The Mae West room conceived by another artist based on a Dali painting.
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Mae West room from the side. Not sure what the bathroom on the ceiling is about?
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The old stage.
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Intricate detail study for a ceiling mural.
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Sketch from 1966
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Painting of Cadaques from 1923 shows his transition from Impressionism to cubism before he embraced surrealism.
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Street art in Figueres.
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Stopping at a medieval festival
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Coming into Roses
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Looking to tomorrow’s ridge from our balcony. We didn’t pay the extra for a sea view.
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The Bay of Roses
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Picnic at the Roses waterfront.
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Today's ride: 50 km (31 miles)
Total: 191 km (119 miles)

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Scott AndersonPretty disgusting - we’ve spent six nights in Figueres and still haven’t been to the Dali museum.
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ann and steve maher-wearyNext time! We loved it. He is so quirky, around every corner was something different. We split up and wandered each on our own. Then we sat in the garden and talked about what we saw. It was amazing to find out that we each missed things the other was drawn to, so we went back to show each other what we’d missed. A great day!
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