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Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:09 pm
by BEATRIZ SALLES
Thanks Henning for the announcement and for having confidence in me and Viladrau, hope you won't regret.....

Even if good walking boots will be very much needed (even if we have a lot of rain, Vialdrau is not in a plain), Livepoolken,

maybe this one would suit us better to elevate the mood and gain a good soldier walking pace

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j6RMeJqlAFk

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:19 pm
by Olwen
BEATRIZ SALLES wrote:Thanks Henning for the announcement and for having confidence in me and Viladrau, hope you won't regret.....

Even if good walking boots will be very much needed (even if we have a lot of rain, Vialdrau is not in a plain), Livepoolken,

maybe this one would suit us better to elevate the mood and gain a good soldier walking pace

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j6RMeJqlAFk
Beatriz, I look forward to hearing all the details. I am not sure if i will be able to go, but I will do my best. If the walking is in the hills, do you have to be a very fit person?
Olwen/Ireland

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:21 pm
by Olwen
B4real wrote:
Olwen wrote:So we could be correct! :D
ah Olwen, very possibly......... I think no news is good news ;-)
We were correct!! Spain it is!
Olwen :D

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:25 am
by liverpoolken
BEATRIZ SALLES wrote:Thanks Henning for the announcement and for having confidence in me and Viladrau, hope you won't regret.....

Even if good walking boots will be very much needed (even if we have a lot of rain, Vialdrau is not in a plain), Livepoolken,

maybe this one would suit us better to elevate the mood and gain a good soldier walking pace

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j6RMeJqlAFk
thank you beatriz that will do me nicely..a good choice indeed..and as it happens just a couple of weeks after you have released me from your mountain hideouts i shall be following this irishman around the UK on tour...so october 2015 is looking good...in the meantime let's have a lesson in the spanish tongue by the master.....ta ken

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVtn4bTh54c

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:59 pm
by Paula
I am looking forward to it Beatriz I always seem to end up clinging to the side of a mountain or the side of a small boat bobbing around in the beautiful Irish Sea.

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:42 pm
by Henning
You are such a dare devil, Paula !

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:08 pm
by Paula
I am such a wuss Henning!

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:22 pm
by liverpoolken
paula
i hate to be pendantic but that wasn't a sea - irish or otherwise you were bobbing around in but an ocean...the mighty Atlantic ocean to be precise...
i'm sure beatriz will find something equally death defying and exciting for you to do next october....ta ken

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 12:57 am
by BEATRIZ SALLES
You mean something like this, Ken? Do you think Paula would enjoy it?


http://www.selvaventura.com/galeria/circuit-himalaia#

http://www.selvaventura.com/videos

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:09 am
by BEATRIZ SALLES
Olwen wrote: Beatriz, I look forward to hearing all the details. I am not sure if i will be able to go, but I will do my best. If the walking is in the hills, do you have to be a very fit person?
Olwen/Ireland
Admiting that it is a "walking weekend" and that Viladrau is "hilly", I don't think you have to worry about, I will adapt the walks to the average walking skills in our group.
A good pair of walking shoes and some regular walks during the summer would be more than enough, even if the most important is a good sense of humour!!

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:57 pm
by liverpoolken
a good suggestion beatriiz....

..it wouldn't be a leonard cohen walking weekend without us scaring the living daylights out of paula by trying to cure her of some of her phobias..we have already made her face up to her fear of heights on top of the welsh mountains and we hopefully have now cured her fear of the open sea when we threw her into a small boat on the atlantic ocean and fair play to her so far she has passed all our tests...i was thinking maybe it's now time to go underground and send her deep into the bowels of the spanish earth for some caving or extreme pot holing...just a suggestion i'm sure the committe will come up with something interesting for paula (and the rest of us of course) to do....

if this bit of photoshopping is anything to go by i think paula would suit a bit of underground exploration .... ta ken

ex4.jpg

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:33 am
by Olwen
BEATRIZ SALLES wrote:
Olwen wrote: Beatriz, I look forward to hearing all the details. I am not sure if i will be able to go, but I will do my best. If the walking is in the hills, do you have to be a very fit person?
Olwen/Ireland
Admiting that it is a "walking weekend" and that Viladrau is "hilly", I don't think you have to worry about, I will adapt the walks to the average walking skills in our group.
A good pair of walking shoes and some regular walks during the summer would be more than enough, even if the most important is a good sense of humour!!
Thank you Beatriz for the information. I look forward to hearing more about the weekend.
Olwen/Ireland

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:41 pm
by Diane
Can't wait, Beatriz!

Paula, you're like a female version of the Milk Tray Man. To whom are you trying to deliver chocolates?

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:57 am
by BEATRIZ SALLES
The time has arrived to invite you to join the Fourth Walking Weekend to be held 1-4 October 2015 in Viladrau (Catalonia, Spain).

Our home base for the weekend will be Viladrau, a tiny village of 850 people nestling in the hills of the Montseny Natural Park (a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1978) . The Montseny Massif is a place where rugged terrain and lush woodlands make a spectacular landscape of singular beauty. Holm oak groves, forests of cork oak and pine, beech and fir woods and hundreds of pristine water springs are waiting for you.

The origins of Viladrau are distant, as distant as the spirits of witches in these woods.
A meeting of witches was held on nearby Sant Segimon mountain on All Saints Eve in 1617. Shortly after, they were captured and tried. A total of 14 women were found guilty of witchcraft and burned, most of them in Viladrau itself.
But.......it's said they're still around…..

The fortified mansion of Mas la Sala is the birth place of Serrallonga, a Catalan outlaw embedded into our collective memory as a legend who robbed the rich to help the poor; he is widely remembered to this day in ancient ballads: a hero to some, a cruel bandit and vagabond to others.

Such a magical and inspirational environment attracted the attention of poets such as Verdaguer and especially Jaume Bofill (1878-1933) - better known as the great poet Guerau de Liost - who converted his house Rusquelles into a focal point for literary activities, a true refuge for avant-garde poets and literati. Guerau de Liost recreated the poetical images of Montseny in "The Mountain of Amethysts" and "Paitides".
Our walks will explore the hills, the woods, the old houses and mansions of this place, giving you a wonderful glimpse into our history, our way of life and our traditions - along with great helpings of fresh air, camaraderie… and quite possibly some aching limbs at the end! 

Useful links:
http://www.turismevalles.net/subapartat ... idIdioma=3
http://www.viladrau.cat/en
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g1 ... tions.html


You can either fly to Barcelona (El Prat) or to Girona
We will meet on Thursday 1st October in Vic.
Vic is the capital of the comarca of Osona, in the Barcelona Province, Catalonia, Spain. Only 69 km far from Barcelona and 60 km from Girona, well connected by train or bus from Barcelona and Girona. From Vic we will take a private bus to our destination, Viladrau. After the hotel check-in we’ll have a delicious tapas dinner at our main hotel "La Masia".

On Friday 2 and Saturday 3 we will have our walks.
On Friday our walk will be shorter to have a special "paella" taste at Viladrau club, with maybe a football match and relax in the afternoon.
Maybe also a good time to visit Espai Montseny http://www.viladrauturisme.cat/en/conte ... seny-space

Sunday morning will be time for farewell to Viladrau and a private coach excursion heading to Barcelona in late afternoon-early evening.Our destination is still under discussion. Cadaqués, Tossa de Mar or even the medieval town of Vic are some of the options.

The official farewell will be at Barcelona arrival letting people free to choose hotel and length of their Barcelona stay. If you have never been to Barcelona before, be sure to take some days before or after the weekend, to see some of this beautiful city!

Hotel capacity in Viladrau is limited. We will not be able to stay together at the same hotel.
We will be staying in small country hotels and bed and breakfast.
All the options will be at a 5min walking distance from the Main Square, where we will find cafes, terraces, a couple of restaurants, bakeries and pastry shops.

“MASIA DEL MONTSENY”
will be the home hotel for the weekend. Meeting point, welcome tapas
dinner, social gathering and music in the evenings will be held in their common areas and gardens.
Other options will include:
Hotel la Coromina
Rural house Els Segalàs (8 and 4 people apt)
Hostal de la Gloria
Still looking for special offers for our group. No hotel reservation needed for the moment.


The number of participants is strictly limited to 60 participants only. We will accept 60 first reservations, and after that additional names go to a wait-list.
To register, please send an email to
lcwwviladrau2015@gmail.com
In January 2015 you will have to confirm your reservation and pay the non-refundable participation fee (amount to be fixed – 70 eur might be close). If you cancel after that, no refund will be paid, but you can transfer your reservation to the next person(s) in the wait-list, and get your money back that way.

Hope you will fall in love of Montseny and Viladrau as much as our poet Guerau de Liost did.

"May God watch over you traveller!
May Montseny grant you a little love and a little common sense.
Here you have a stone bench dappled with maiden’s hair.
Here you have a spring that could talk to you.
The virtue of Montseny is that the stream rinses out the leaves of firs and beeches.
The virtue of Montseny is formed at altitude.
This is why this spring has such a pure look, and its course echoes, moaning through the wood of the forest tortured by the wind." G de L



Déu te guard, vianant! Que t'imposi el Montseny una mica d'amor i una mica de seny.
Ací tens un pedrís clapissat de falzia.
Ací tens una font que parlar-te podria.
La virtut del Montseny és aquest rajolí que d'avets i de faigs la fullaca esbandí.
La virtut del Montseny es congria a l'altura.
Per ço té aquesta font una ullada tan pura i la seva canal dóna l'eco planyent de la fusta del bosc torturada pel vent." G de L

Re: LC Walking Weekend (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:04 am
by liverpoolken
thanks bea..

it looks like a fantastic and very interesting weekend you have planned for us...

ghosts..witches...outlaws..paella..tapas and poets....who could ask for anything more

thanks again


ta ken.