The town of Banyoles boasts a medieval network of small canals (‘recs’) constructed by the monks of the monastery further inland to reconduct water of the lake to their allotments.
Some inhabitants still use the ‘rec’ as a wash basin (‘safareig’) that every village and town traditionally had and where women used to gather to wash, and exchange their experiences as well as the latest gossip.
During a festive day people dance the sardana, Catalonia’s national dance, accompanied by the cobla. A dance, normally in a circle, open to everyone who wants to join it, while the circle widens. It was summer last year, since then sadly no sardana’s have been performed.
Everyday she sits before the shop watching people going by. Today it was rather cold, so she just put her chair in the middle of the pavement to enjoy the sun.
This month it is two years ago that we moved from Dordrecht (Netherlands) to Banyoles (Catalonia), but I still have lots of photographs of my former hometown to show you. So that is what I will do on Throwback Thursday.