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  • Day599

    Bongo Beach Bar, La Manga, Costa Cálida

    February 15, 2018 in Spain ⋅

    We had planned a rare visit to a nearby spa today but last night Will had noticed the leisure batteries were only at 3% - far lower than they should have been given the amount of power we'd used. This morning the levels had dropped to 0% and the automatic cutout hadn't engaged. Something was definitely wrong. No spa for us today!

    Vicky had breakfast by candlelight and when Will got up we removed the passenger seat and tested the two 100Ah batteries. One was completely dead and the other showed just a flicker. They'd been getting less and less efficient and in the last week we'd had problems with the 12V charge point above the table. This had fixed itself but the 3 year old batteries would need replacing and fast. We'd survived before without electricity but without running water, heating, light or a fridge it wasn't a situation we wanted to stay in for long. We were very grateful it hadn't been a cold night.

    We'd previously researched the possibility of using lithium ion batteries but decided against it because the conversion technology wasn't as well developed as we'd have liked it to be. So what to do? A search of 'autocaravanas' in google maps told us there was a shop that sold accessories and did repairs 23km away. Pulling up at the forecourt entrance Will communicated what we needed but we were relieved when the employee was able to speak English to a decent level. First we were told it would be tomorrow or Monday, but then a mechanic came along and was able to find two suitable batteries. They were each 5Ah less than our current ones but they were a better make so would probably be just as good. After carefully checking they were the same physical size we carried out a card transaction that made our eyes water. Fitting them ourselves meant we didn't need to pay extra or wait until 4:30pm when the shop could squeeze us in. After another 20 minutes on the forecourt we tentatively pressed the test button on our internal power display and breathed a sigh of relief when it showed a nice green 93%!

    A 70km drive would give our new source of power a good charge and get us to our planned stopover. We'd made enough headway south to reach the sea today. It's aqueous expanse is always a welcome sight but with the warm weather and bright sunshine we were blessed with today, the Mediterranean had taken on a sparkling rich blue that was even more alluring than usual!

    From Cape Palos on the Costa Cálida (Warm Coast), a sandbar extends 13 miles to San Pedro del Pinatar, maintaining an enormous lagoon between it and the mainland. We are aware that the coastline around here is in high demand with holiday makers, but nothing had prepared us for what the sandbar had been turned into. Almost every square inch was covered in high rise apartments and villas. The sand had been raised and reinforced by boulders to create foundations for these money towers, many of which were castelated with mock turrets. Park4Night had told us there was a spot we could stop at on the strip, and although we couldn't imagine ourselves relaxing in this urban beach, we wanted to experience it all the same. Passing through the resort gateway of La Manga, our senses went into overdrive. As we progressed down palm lined streets, billboards displayed images of banana boats, jetskis and expensive power boats with male models at the wheel. Paddy's Irish bar was signed and The Sun newspaper was on sale outside one of the few shops open out of season. An overindulged looking child marched up to a pedestrian crossing holding up their hand mouthing something at us, no doubt demanding we stop immediately. Once the family has crossed, the child predictably pressed the button for the lights to cycle again.

    To our surprise Park4Night led us to a small double T shaped parking spot in a dead end. A Belgian van was already parked up but there was enough space for three here and an equal amount in the T that mirrored ours. A small plot of sand covered in purple and pink ground flowers, was for sale between us and the road, ahead was a brown wooden shack and terrace covered in dried palm leaves; Bongo Beach Bar (closed for the winter). To our left, only a narrow red tile pavement divided us from the fine pale sand and the sea 30m beyond. An island covered in green scrub and dotted with a couple of whitewashed houses rose from the waters just a couple of miles offshore, while the tall buildings of our sandbar pealed of in a crescent until they rejoined the mainland and became fuzzy with sea haze. Although we were in the midst of all these buildings, it wasn't busy and there wasn't a soul on the beach.

    We quickly changed into swim shorts and let Poppy out. She loves the seaside and she got so excited she broke into a run towards the water. Vicky paddled while Will went for a quick swim. We both had our eyes off Poppy for a moment but when Vicky turned back round she was lying in the sand having a fit. It didn't last long and after a little while she was able to get up and walk back to near the van. We got her water and bed and our beach towels and lay out with her, initially in the shade but as it cooled we allowed her to move into the evening sun. There didn't seem to be any lasting effects from her episode but she'll be 15 years old in less than a month and we are aware she won't be with us forever. All the more reason to appreciate our time together and give her experiences she enjoys.

    As the sky hues turned pink we crossed over the road and onto the small beach opposite. We couldn't have walked more than 100m! The sun was now a blazing amber ball disappearing behind the low peaked hills accross the lagoon. Gorgeous!

    The night was mild and the following morning was just about warm enough for Vicky to do her pilates/ yoga on the beach! We've travelled south quickly and combined with the time of year, sunrise has fast been getting earlier. It was a glorious feeling to be stretching in the open air, watching clouds reflect the soft colours of the rising rays, until the instense light crested the horizon and rose quickly skyward.

    You can see a 30 second timelapse of the sunrise here on VnW Travels You Tube Channel:

    It was a little cloudy but still warm and we were able to cart the canoe over the road and paddle it along the edge of the lagoon for a couple of miles in t shirts and shorts. The water was clear and shallow for the most part and we saw a few flatfish skimming along the sand. Strings of nets were layed out at frequent intervals but we were able to easily pass over the top over them. They didn't seem to have anything but rubbish caught in them. The sandbar provided protection from the waves and the buildings shielded us from the wind, making it a very pleasant paddle.

    We'd planned to move on but Vicky was ill again so we stayed put and Will whiled away the day on the beach, swimming, playing his guitar, reading and fishing.

    We kept checking and double checking the level of our new batteries. They'd only dropped to 76% over 3 days. With the old ones we would have needed to start the engine on the 2nd day in order to give them a charge.

    When we entered the high rise sandbar we thought it unlikely we'd want to stay one night, let alone three! The lesson 'don't judge a book by its cover' is constantly being reinforced on the road and we were very glad we gave this place a chance, despite our initial misapprehensions.
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  • Day77

    Jour 38 journée compliquée!

    August 4, 2016 in Spain ⋅

    Là où il y a le plus de malentendus c'est sur les itinéraires! La personne qui décide du chemin à la responsabilité d'étudier l'itinéraire pour éviter les culs-de-sacs, les demi-tours, perdre du temps, faire des kms inutiles... On essaie de l'étudier ensemble avant de prendre la route mais nous n'avons pas toujours le temps, on ne va pas toujours dans le détail... Bref... C'est la vie... C'est jamais parfait, idéal, tout rose...

    Alors voilà, ce jour là nous n'étions pas d'accord sur le chemin à prendre, l'un (pas sûr de son choix) a laissé l'autre prendre la tête et nous nous sommes retrouvés pris comme des rats dans une culture de pêchiers barricadé comme une forteresse! On a fait tout le tour... Impossible de trouver un portail ouvert! Par "chance" au bout de 30 min à tourner dans l'enclot, nous sommes tombé sur un camion de livraison qui a appelé le gardien et nous a ouvert...
    Cette histoire a été suivie de 30 km de soupe à la grimace! 😕

    Suite à la réconciliation pour le petit-déjeuner, nous avons repris la route sous 40 degrés dans des collines arrides... Ce n'était que 20 km mais c'était difficile...
    Arrivés à la prohaine ville pour le déjeuner, le morale n'était pas au rendez vous entre l'épisode et l'épreuve de la matinée... Après avoir dépoussiéré et huilé les vélos, on décide de ne pas reprendre la route et faire une pause d'un jour complet! 😌
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  • Day360


    April 10, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We had an early start today and managed to see everything we wanted to which is good because it got a lot windier about 15:00. First of all we returned to the Castillo de Conception with resident peacocks, via the Spanish civil war museum and the viewpoint overlooking the city and the harbour before visiting the Roman theatre and associated museum. Then we went to the local market and had a coffee and hot chocolate before going to the Naval Museum. I might have already said but Spanish hot chocolate is very rich, it is as if they have actually just melted a dark chocolate bar in a mug, delicious. The naval museum had lots of models of old boats, mines and costumes and lots of info on submarines as Isaac Peral born in Cartegena is supposed to have been credited with inventing the submarine as we know it then lunch, a lovely Menu Del Dia of Ceasar salad, calamari and dauphinois potatoes then creme caramel. After lunch we walked around the marina along the old city walls then continued to follow the walks inland away from the wind. We were trying to access some of the other hills around Cartegena but they haven’t been touristified yet. In the photos you will see john in front of his next boat, the futuristic silver one!Read more

  • Day24

    Cartagena, Spain

    August 26, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    From the pier, we went to the boarding point for the panoramic elevator that took us to the highest point in Cartagena. We then visited the Old Quarter with its beautiful Art Nouveau town houses built in the late 19th and 20th centuries. From here we went to the Roman Theatre. Believe it or not the site was discovered in 1988. We went to a wonderful museum that allowed us to see how the Theatre looked in Roman times. The highlight, however is when you enter the theatre itself and you experience the enormity of the site. With all the Roman ruins we have visited this ancient Theatre ranks high on the list.Read more

  • Day359


    April 9, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Well on Sunday afternoon after Silje collected Santos we decided we couldn’t cope with another week of wind in Almerimar so booked a hire car and accommodation, we are now in Cartagena which has a lot of Roman ruins a nice marina and some good food, today we took a stroll around town but I forgot the camera so photos and more information in tomorrow’s update. We are currently sitting on a sofa watching TV, CSI to be specific, in our apartment that overlooks the old Roman road.Read more

  • Day367

    Yacht Port Cartegena

    April 17, 2018 in Spain ⋅

    Yes we’re back but this time we brought the boat with us, we had a lovely crossing and stopped for lunch and a swim (25mins) in a small bay called Cala de la Salitrona just inside the large inlet that contains the Cartegena ports. There is a large commercial port on the outskirts, then a super yacht boat yard/builders, a fishing port and two yacht marinas then right inside is the Naval port including submarine pens. We are moored alongside a finger pontoon which is very comfortable but we better not get used to it as very rare in the Med. Once we had completed formalities we each had a long warm shower😀, then into town for tea and a little shopping ( milk and bananas). On the way back to the boat John noticed some large brass torpedoes inside a brightly lit door way so we stopped for a look in and the next thing we know loud music is playing and when we turned around everyone was stood still and or so we thought, looking at us ☹️ but as we walked a little further away we realised people were looking up and saw that the large Spanish flag was being lowered and therefore assumed the music to be the Spanish National Anthem, so we also stopped walking until the flag was brought down and music finished 🇪🇸. Photo 1 is scenery on the way, 3 is where we stopped for lunch, 2 is further in the inlet towards Cartegena and 4is the superyacht we photographed last time but they have now added two booms to the stylised masts.Read more

  • Day171

    Cartagena's Roman Theater

    October 19, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    The most important thing to visit in Cartagena is the Roman Theater, built between 5 and 1 BC. It could seat 6000+ spectators. Over the years, it had been gradually covered over by a market, homes, and even a church, so eventually it was forgotten. The remains were discovered in 1988, and it was restored in 2003.Read more

  • Day6

    Tag 6: Barcelona - La Manga

    December 29, 2016 in Spain ⋅

    Nach dem Frühstück in der 🌞entschieden wir uns heute wieder etwas Streck zu machen.
    Ziel war La Manga hinter Alicante.
    Strecke: Barcelona - Valencia - Alicante - La Manga 660 km und 6,5 Stunden Autobahn ohne Pausen.
    Riesen Campingplatz ⛺️. Wir sehen uns morgen im hellen um, ob es uns hier gefällt.
    Waren noch essen im Camping-Restaurant zwischen englisch sprechenden Silberrücken. Essen war gut, lecker und günstig.
    Kommen uns mit unserem Bussi etwas verloren vor.
    Viele Überwinterer hier mit fetten Wohnmobilen oder Mobilheimen
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  • Day7

    Tag 7: La Manga

    December 30, 2016 in Spain ⋅

    Heute war es bewölkt. ⛅️ Nach dem Frühstück an der Rezeption nach 🚲 gefragt. - Plötzlich bog ein Multivan aus SE um die Ecke. Heraus sprangen Jonny + Martina ( aus Dahme ) mit Familie die uns besuchen wollten. (Große Freude) 😃
    Wir waren dann fünf Stunden und zehn Kilometer im Hinterland von La Manga spazieren mit Kaffee und Cerveza trinken.
    Später werden wir noch Essen gehen.
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  • Day74

    Cartagena, Spain

    August 21, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    After getting ourselves COMPLETELY lost well watch shopping we stumbled across the ruins of an old Roman temple and old windmills. If we needed to find it again we would never have been able to because we found our way back by just picking a direction and waking and then randomly deciding to change directions again. We did eventually find our way back to the Main Street though where we are now at CottonGrill again for lunch. I got chicken and bacon nachos again and Jackson tried Singapore noodles. He didn’t like his (too salty) so he’s helping me eat mine. Watch shopping didn’t work out today so I’ll has to try and get off tomorrow in Gibraltar.Read more

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