I was already on the tourism sector, working many time arranging activities for congresses and attending the members. I would take them to Dali’s Museum, Pals, etc… just escorting them to the sites. It is in 1996 when I realised that I would like to do more than this and being able to give some explanations during the visits. I started doing research, questioning the reason for one or another thing.
Yep. I like to call them “discovery tours”. Lateky I am visiting and ancient quary form the 2nd C bC near Peratallada. It is a great place. Because the land is private, the site is not promoted although the access is pretty easy. Each time I bring visitors they get surprised and excited, sometimes people from around here that have never being there.
One example, at the Baix Empordà there is an older monastery in Sant Miquel de Cruïlles. dated 11th C. One of the most important on the area, with some fantastic frescoes representing lions. It has being closed due to the restauration for 6 or 7 years.
I used to take visitors there asking for the key to the neighbours. The temple was part of one of the Romanesque tours. Now it is impossible for me to access. It is much easier to ask a key to a neighbour than ask it to the administration. This does not happen on the French side. People here is very helpful, not so much the administration.
(Photos Nik Duserm)
That’s one of the reasons why when some little traces of the past are erased, like those shrapnel holes, it is sad.