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Exploring the Beaches & Gardens of Lloret De Mar, Spain: Part 1 - Little Observationist
I pressed my bare feet against the coarse, wet sand and watched as the dark nighttime waves rolled toward me, crashing onto the shore with a great ocean roar. The sky over the sea was nearly black now. It smelled only faintly of salt and seaweed, like one of those luxury candles you find in Liberty. Behind me, the party city of Lloret de Mar had sprung to life. Hen and stag parties were welcomed with open arms into the hollows of thumping clubs that lined the streets beneath the hulking resort hotels. Drinks were served in fishbowl-sized glasses, in shades of electric blue and pink, pineapple slices adorning the edges, six straws to share if you like. This is a small coastal city dedicated to the pursuit of true holiday debauchery in all its forms. But I wasn’t there to party (not really, anyway). I was there for TBEX, the travel blogger conference that invited some 600 or so writers, photographers and industry professionals to decend upon the streets of Costa Brava for four days. This was my third TBEX experience (the first in Dublin, the second in Athens). I met people who have traveled to more than 100 countries, wanderers who managed to carve out an …