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Gala & Dali at Púbol

tomb of Gala
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Spain
Place:
Púbol , N 42°0'-W 2°58'
Time:
November, 2007
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Inge
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In Catalunya, Spain, the artist Salvador Dali left his marks like a magical triangle. Well known is the theatre-Museum in Figueras, a perfect showcase of Dali’s surreal life and works.
In the small village Port Lligat on the Costa Brava coast the Casa-Museum is found. Dali turned this place into a villa and artwork itself.
Knowing the eccentricity of Dali and these two places, the third place of the Dali triangle is quite different. It’s a medieval old mansion in the very small village Púbol. Dali and Gala bought the place as a ruin and renovated it into a beautiful castle. Not even so eccentric. The hand of Dali is found in several things but not so extreme as one would expect. But than, it was Gala’s house, not of Dali. He even had to ask Gala permission to visit her. Gala was queen of the castle and as the paintings and photographs show she was adored by Dali. The stories tell she loved to be adored by others to; she send for young men from the village still at the age of 88. She was quite a lady.

Visiting the castle in Púbol early November is a bit surreal itself. We were the only visitors in the museum. Parking the campervan on the huge, now empty, “parking autobuses” tells us it can be different in summer. We stayed there overnight and saw only 3 village people walking their dogs. Inevitably we wandered… did the man over there, throwing his litter, did he visit Gala one night in his younger years? And the lady with that barking little dog, did Gala bought her breads at her bakery in the 70ties? The streets we walk, did Dali drive his dead Gala here too, her last tour round the village in his Al Capone car?
The quietness and emptiness at Púbol in November makes your fantasy work.

Gala Dali Castle - Pubol


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