Our first evening meal outside Costa Dorada is at the end of a cold spell and what proves to be the onset of a heat wave. The proprietors provided us with blanket as the wind rises. What a pleasure to hear the waves breaking just a few feet away and yet to remain snug. Sitting in the open whenever possible is important to us. I recall the presence of blankets outside restaurants in Munich in the Spring. Nowhere else in my experience, but Heidi says that in Bavaria and Austria it is common practice.
Our friend Artur who is an artist holds up his Moleskin sketch book. "This is my camera," he says. We bring him one as a present every year. He must now have at least 10.