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Sitges church  



Sitges is a beach town near Barcelona. A Paris friend recently moved there, so I felt compelled to check it out (June 2018). It’s laid-back and feels comfortably small community-wise, albeit seriously touristy.

Since her apartment is a short walk to the beach, we were in the water daily soaking up rays. Sitges’ 17 beaches are each distinctive, including nude and gay.

  Sitges beach

The Bacardi Museum tells the story of the largest family-owned spirits brand in the world. Everybody thinks it started in Cuba, but it was actually in Sitges, Spain, then moved back and forth depending on the political climate.

Not only do you get an intro to the rum-making process, you get to taste variations in distillation as well as select a drink after attending a master class in mojito/caipirinha/daiquiri/Cuba libre making.


Bacardi Museum

A monument to Bacardi along the walkway   Bacardi monument
Sant Joan festival  




I was lucky enough to be there for Sant Joan's festival, i.e., solstice. Catalans celebrate by making fires and shooting fireworks on the beach.

Sant Joan festival
Sant Joan festival

Iberian hams are so-o-o-o Spanish.
Iberian hams

Not to mention tapas...
Small passageway in the old part of Sitges   passageway
Sunday nights a small bar-cum-theater features three drag queens karaoking in fabulous and frequently-changed costumes – somehow without ever disturbing their flawless makeup.   Drag queens
Drag queen
Drag queen
Drag queen
Drag queen

All in all, a terrific weekend!


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