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While we were on the beach in Collioure, George casually asked if we were fans of Salvador Dali. Absolutely, said I. So he suggested we make a spontaneous expedition across the Spanish border to Dali’s hometown, Figueres, to visit the Salvador Dali Theatre and Museum. Great idea! The building (indeed a former theater) is grander and the experience is more impressive than the Diego Rivera home in Guanajuato, Mexico, to which we made a pilgrimage when we were there last February, even if the collection is not especially representative of the prolific surrealist master’s work. The central courtyard open to the elements contain a number of stylized female figures, and the multiple tiers of the theater have been converted into various sized galleries, some of them quite tiny and cramped. Our visit coincided with the arrival of two or three busloads of German high schoolers crowding through the rooms preceded by their smartphones. The town is justifiably proud of its connection to Dali and displays his weird and whimsical trademark images all over the place, just as Barcelona flaunts its Gaudi legacy on a larger scale.