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Fart 7 Page 18 Bl)lra0lt 0UMblf QfrlfWtlf September 22, 1087 TRIBUNE VACATIONS TOURS Costa Brava's Crowd? Alter Its Old Look By David Darrah BARCELONA, Spain- Spain s Costa Brava from Port Bou on the French frontier i Blancs, the last bathing .station 35 miles north of here, never has beon so crowded as last summer. Every hotel and all spare rooms in private houses were booked to capacity. Visitors were French. Belgian, Dutch, and Gorman, a host of northern Europeans mostly in khaki shorts, all exposing acres of broiled flesh. There is a good sprinkling also of Americans. United S'atcs tourists need no visa but Europeans do. In the bodegas and cafes the old Spanish hands lament the Costa Brava is ruined, it is no longer a place where the old timers can find an exclu sive spot which was cheap and unencumbered by crowds. New hotels are going up everywhere, some modest and some the height of luxury. What once was a quiet fishing village now is thronged with a polyglot assortment ot sum mer guests. In a way the for mcr fishing village has been spoiled, for the fishermen in mar.v places have abandoned their nets and gone in for selling souvenirs. The trip from Port Bou down to Blanes and on to Bar eclona is a succession of pic- turesque sites along the coast road which in many places runs high along a rocky cornice. The roads have been improved and access to nearly all the coves and sandy beach es is easy. From Fort Bou it is e short drive to Oadaques ana Port Lugat, where the painter Salvador Dali lives in summer. A little ways over the moun tain from here and you oome to Rosas, with a fine view of the Bay of Rosas as. you de scend the slope. Rosas is a ('A lightful fishing village, with a new hotel and good restau rants. Escala Is a fishing village of the type generally dreamed ot with boats lying on the shore where they have been hauied tip after the catch and ready 1o slide down again at dawn. The stores of the town now are full of goods to attract visitors, and newspapers in all languages. And there is a new and comfortable hotel over looking the beach which offers bargain rates. From Escala the road runs around inland to Bagur and Palafrugell. shaded by a double line of magnificent trees near ly all the way thru rich farm country. The coast between Escala and Palafrugell is iocky. Around Palafrugell which is six Kilometers inmna there arc several roads radiating down to the s'a and vil lages with sandy beaches California's Son Pedro Harbor A vast amount of shipping flows in and but of ihis hafbor near (actually a part of) Los Angeles. You even see such sights as this four masted Japanese sailing vessel, one of the last of ils kind in tho world. Calella, Llafranch, Tamariu, Aiguablava, unspoiled a couple of years ago, now pretty crowded, but all of surpassing' loveliness in cite. There is not much to do, but the food and drinks and swimming are good and it is all cheap. Driving on down the coast you come to Palamos, a port town and bathing place a little larger, and- a lovely site. A number of American, Gerrran, and other artists and writers have settled here. Cargo and passenger boats' land and there is a daily passenger steamer to Barcelona. Leaving San , Fcliu dc Guixols, the flat country ends and the road stakes a high ledge along the mountains skirting the coast with pine forests and picturesque views all the way to Tossa Llorct and Blanes. San Foliu Is also a port and does a lot of trade and is the most important spot on the Costa Brava with a good road also to Gerona, and a railway line. It has good hotels, a beach, a bull ring, and night life and some visi tors prefer it to other spots. Tossa with its castle overiooK- ing the cove is one of the prettiest places on the coast but its reputation has gotten around and getting in or out of it you need a shoehorn. Arabs Are Superstitious About Their Fingernails Some Arab tribesmen of the Aden protectorate believe that if a man does not bury hjs fingernail clippings he will be forced on Resurrection day to pick them all up with his eye lashes. -NEW MEXICO- NEW MEXICO- iHiiiif 4 If you re lucky, you'll vacation this Fall in the land of enchantment A -st t . i 7 mm See Indians performing ceremonial harvest dances. 01 i ft Old-world charm amid i new-world comforts. ft 7 Crisp mountain ore a constant Loaf, golf, hunt and prehistoric join fun-filled fiestas; and charming art colonics. Park and many throughout this invigorating prosperous cities and splendid accommodations everywhere. And here leisurely, gracious and fun. HIGHLIGHTS Into National Mexico and Eastern

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  1. Chicago Tribune,
  2. 22 Sep 1957, Sun,
  3. Page 330

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