At 7pm of that same day of “resting” the sky clears a bit and we drive to Roses to visit La Ciutadella, a museum park where we take a 45 minute self guided tour of excavations and standing edifices before the museum closes. We walk through fields from the Hellenic era, Roman, early and late Medieval, Renaissance, to modern times – all built in layers upon each other in this same spectacular piece of land by the sea. A fortress, village, church, monastery, and more – even paleolithic remains. For Americans, who think that any building over 100 years old is historic, this was mind bending.
At 8pm we are seriously hungry, but want to find a restaurant in Roses to eat by this beautiful beach. But first. . .another sketch. A handsome young man named Adrian is sitting in the lifeguard’s chair reading when he turns around and catches Shambhavi sketching him. He takes a pictures of her with his cell phone camera and climbs down to see the sketch. Our hunger is forgotten for a while as we spend a delightful time getting to know him.
. . .so that it isn’t until 10pm that we finally manage to find a restaurant, back in Empuriabrava. This is not late to eat in Spain, and by now our Spanish friend Virginia has joined us and we are happily munching on roast chicken. And here ends our “day of rest” at midnight as we stumble up to our borrowed apartment to sleep.