Now I’m not any kind of Dali fan really and truth be told I’m really more interested in his work that was soft and subtle. (Although, i do love me some eccentric artist time and a chance to explore the artist’s studio is always fun times.) I am however, really interested in his obsession with Gala. His muse, his wife, and the female in hundreds and hundreds of his paintings, drawings and sculptures. So naturally, while in Cadaques, I had to check out the home which he created in the small port town he grew up in for the two of them to love / live in. While waiting for my tour to begin I came across this quote on a wall. It really moved me. The sentiment behind it. The intimacy he was so intentionally trying to create for the two of them like an enormous life-sized Valentine.
( Ah… but intimacy cannot be manufactured. . .)
“Our little house was to be composed of one room about four meters square, which was to serve as dining-room, bed room, studio and entrance hall. You went up a few steps, and in little hallway three doors opened on to a shower, a toilet and a kitchen hardly big enough to move around in. I wanted it to be very small – the smaller, the more intrauterine -. We had brought the nickel and glass furniture from our Paris apartment and we covered the walls with several coats of enamel. Not being in a position to carry out any of my delirious decorative ideas, I wanted only the exact proportions required for two of us and only the two of us.”
Polar Bear. House Interior.
That wan’t the only thing about this little excursion that caught my attention. Cadaques is stunning. Perched on the sea with tiny streets made of stone and endless beauty to discover. Luckily, I was there before summer tourism kicked into high gear – so lucky me – there were many early morning hikes and walks and meditative moments sitting with the sea. I cannot imagine not wanting to return to this tiny magical place again and again. Although for some reason, the sea was over run with jelly fish so swimming wasn’t happening.
Boat and the Sea.
Someone’s Private Island.
Morning Hike with Poppies.
Morning Hike with Flowers.