The Porta Ferrada International Festival, which began back in 1962, takes place every summer in Sant Feliu de Guíxols' Roman-era monastery. For the last 48 years the festival has brought international stars of theatre, music, and dance to the little seaside city. This year's line up includes chanteuse Natalie Cole, Spanish cultural icon Joaquín Sabina and jazz hero Chucho Valdés with his band the Afro-Cuban Messengers. This Friday night, none other than punk hero Patti Smith performs, facing the Mediterranean Sea while the rest of us watch with the red cliffs of Sant Feliu forming a back drop. The show is sold out but Pepita and I have had tickets for months, and baby Nico is spending the night with her yayos. Very much looking forward to this one!