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  • Day28

    One Down, Three to Go

    March 20 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We awoke to cool cloudy weather and a light rain. Unfortunately, Christine was a little under the weather too.....we diagnosed too many Perron and spicy peppers. A quiet morning didn’t improve her health but she insisted the rest of us should continue as planned: a visit to the nearby “most visited” town in the province, Guadalest. It was about a 35 minute drive, mostly up the surrounding mountains. Once out of town there was virtually no traffic and we were able to stop frequently for pictures of the stunning countryside. We parked in the town and wended our way up a wide, well worn stone path to Casa Orduna. The grand house was built after the earthquake of 1644 which devastated the region. The house was burnt down in 1708 and rebuilt years later. It’s 4 levels are well preserved and now are a museum that reflect the “aesthetic taste of the bourgeoisie of the 19th century”.
    Above the house, steps lead to the Castle of San Jose. The two old men dutifully (and slowly) followed Tory to the very top of the ramparts where we were met with spectacular views only marred by the recurrence of wind and rain. We bade a hasty retreat to the first restaurant we encountered and warmed and rewarded ourselves with coffee and dessert.
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  • Day24

    Driving Day

    March 16 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    The day got off to a shakey start as there was no running water when we awoke. A call to the front desk informed us they were aware of the problem and working on it.
    Unable to wash or shave, we brushed our teeth with soda water and packed up the van.
    We stopped at a rest area for a much needed coffee but the cafeteria was crowded and understaffed. One man was making the coffee and serving the tables. On top of that, his cash register was not working. This seemed to be a local Sun. morning coffee and breakfast stop with the counter seats full. In any case, we did get coffee. Christine bought a box of cookies but they were pretty dry.

    The drive was easy and scenic and we made good time.

    The town of El Albir was easy to find and armed with a map the resort had provided we felt confident we could make it before their office closed. Unfortunately, many streets are not marked and of course our finicky GPS would not recognize the address nor the name of our resort. To make matters worse, the resort is halfway up a mountain, many of the streets are one way and the Tourist Information kiosk was closed. After 20 minutes cruising the hills we finally spotted a sign and Brian ran to the office to catch the receptionist before it closed. Once settled we drove into town (very carefully watching for landmarks so we could find our way back in the dark) and had a wonderful dinner at Lings.
    That night we received an email from the last resort asking for a €28 fee for “utilities”. We replied asking for some consideration re: the water problems mentioned above and they kindly waived the fee. Yea.
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  • Day25

    Around Town

    March 17 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    The resort is located very near a Nature Reserve with 5 different walks. Tory and Christine set out in the late morning to explore while the boys volunteered to grocery shop.
    Who worked the hardest?
    Brian and Roger discovered, the hard way that most stores are closed on Sunday in Spain.
    Dispite having researched on the internet the nearest store to us and its hours we were thwarted. Our store had gone out of business and we were left at the mercy of our troublesome GPS. To its credit, it did locate all the grocery stores in the area and dutifully directed us correctly. Unfortunately all were closed. Somewhat daunted, but refusing to give up (we had seen people walking and appeared to be carrying grocery bags) we accosted 4 women for information. Two recommended we might buy some bread in the restaurant they had just left and the other two waved in a general directions we might try.
    Our luck finally changed and we stumbled upon an open store. Of course there was no parking so Roger parked illegally and Brian ran to shop. Success and ninety minutes later we were home, having put about 100 kilometres on the van.
    For dinner, we parked in town and walked around, checking out posted menus. We settled on a Mediterranean/Italian restaurant which was fine. Afterwards, we tried to walk a little but it was turning quite cool so we drove home.
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  • Day27

    Slow Start

    March 19 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The cool weather is supposed to improve slightly in the afternoon so we spent the morning reading. After lunch we dropped off Tory and Christine to walk the boardwalk and then tried to go shopping. Once again the men were cursed as all the grocery stores were closed for Father’s Day. We eventually found a bakery and bought some delicious looking bread. The highlight of our walk was a celebration of someone’s 50 wedding anniversary complete with very loud fire works on the sidewalk of the busy street!
    That evening, a restaurant rated #2 on Trip Advisor was our destination. We were not disappointed. Hungry, we were at their door the minute they opened and were met by the owner who doubled as our waitress. She was lovely; advising us on the food, the wine, showing us pictures of her dog, talking about running the business, her trip next year to New York and bringing us free after dinner drinks. A wonderful experience!
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  • Day30

    As Usual

    March 22 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    The weather returned to what we had come to expect; sunny with some clouds and 16 C.
    As usual, we left around 10 a.m. but this time checked the internet to confirm our route.
    Our day trip this time was a half hour jaunt north to a pretty town called Polop. Amazingly the van’s GPS found the town easily (it probably knew we were checking it).
    We parked near an “I” which to our surprise was open, and got a local map and a brief history of a famous Spanish author, Gabriel Miro, who had lived there. Back in the van, we wound our way through narrow streets, up the mountain (again) to the old town. We were forced to walk the last kilometre, past small houses, a church, through a small square to the remains of the castle. Almost at the top, there was a snmall bar/cafe. We stopped for coffee, delicious croissants and a magnificent view.
    That evening we returned to Lings, a restaurant we had visited the first night. The staff is lovely, the food delicious and it was a lovely ending to our stay.
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  • Day645

    Mennems in Murcia!

    March 12 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    From our base at Lo Monte campsite in Pilar de la Horadada, on the Mar Menor, we were only a few miles from friends Michelle and Shaun, whom we had met the previous year when skiing in the Sierra Nevada. A lovely catch up and lunch next to the beach was followed by a surprise visit to see Orlando, Michelle's ex-racehorse. Eager to show us what a beauty he is, she asked if we would like to ride him. It wasn't for me, not being very confident around horses, but Chris was very happy to switch from a motorbike saddle to a horse saddle for a walk around the paddock.

    It was also a great base from which to visit the city of Murcia on the banks of the Rio Segura. What a gem of a city it is; small enough to visit on foot, full of beautiful architecture and elegance, and delicious tapas.

    The 1748 baroque facade of the Catedral de Santa Maria reminded us of our time in Sicily, though this had originally been built in 1394 on the site of a mosque, like most of the cathedrals and churches in Spain. Whilst the interior was impressive, the chapels, choir and main altar were all behind black iron railings which gave a feeling of oppression rather than welcome. We found that very strange.

    Next we visited the Real Casino de Murcia (Royal Casino), which opened as a gentlemen's club in 1847, and remains so though the ground floor is open to the public. It has quite recently been restored to its former glory and given the Royal seal of approval by King Juan Carlos. The building is a melting pot of different designs and an audio guide navigated us through a colourful Moorish-style patio, a classic English-style library with 20,000 books, a ballroom with glittering chandeliers, and a ladies powder room with a ceiling fresco of cherubs and angels.

    Feeling peckish, we headed over to Piazza San Pedro which was buzzing with restaurants and tapas bars. We ordered a selection of impressive tapas including a mouth-watering ceviche that we could have eaten over and over again, cod with pork fat crumb and squid-ink sauce, and croquettes of mushrooms and black pudding. All delicious.
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  • Day74

    Let's bet! (*Parions!)

    August 1, 2016 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Maintenant que l'on a atteint les 1'000 km en 1 mois!
    Combien de kilomètres pensez vous que l'on aura atteint à la fin du voyage?

    La personne qui sera la plus proche aura une récompense!

    Now that we have reached our 1'000 km in 1 month!
    How many kilomeyers do you think we will reach at the end of our trip?

    The person who is the closest will receive a prize!
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  • Day33

    Costa Blanca

    January 5 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Heute früh haben wir einen Bummel durch Alicante gemacht. Ein Parkplatz war fix gefunden.
    Nach Besichtigung der Kirchen und einem Bummel durch die Altstadt gingen wir über die Promenade zurück.
    Wir tranken noch einen Kaffee, ehe wir weiter fuhren.

    Dann der Schock des Tages, als ich gelesen habe das Benidorm das Manhattan Spaniens sein soll, lachten wir. Als wir allerdings die Hotels sahen schüttelten wir den Kopf.

    Unser nächster halt war in Altea. Wir wanderten ein bisschen die Promenade entlang ehe wir uns einen Übernachtungsplatz suchten.
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  • Day152

    Penis + Cola = Peñíscola

    March 12 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Die Altstadt von Peñiscola liegt auf einem imposanten Felsen einer Halbinsel, der über dem Meer emporragt. Zentrum der Altstadt ist eine Festungsburg aus dem 14. Jahrhundert, so dass in den manchmal etwas trashigen Souvenierläden auch jede Menge kleine Ritter zu finden sind. Ansonsten sind die Gassen der Altstadt sehr malerisch. Wir radeln von unserem Stop-and-Go Camping bis in die Stadt hinein und durchwandeln die Gässchen dann zu Fuß. Mittags gibt es eine Pizza und am Nachmittag geht es dann zum Strand rüber. Dank der guten Touri-Infrastruktur gibt es hier nicht nur hässliche Hochhäuser die den 5 km Sandstrand säumen, sondern auch Spielplätze am Strand. So kann Erna klettern und Resi kann sich unter dem Gerüst prima Steine reinziehen (Ihre neue Lieblingsspeise).Read more

  • Mar19

    Fallas de Valencia

    March 19 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Auf dem Weg von Barcelona nach Valencia haben wir eine Spanierin mitgenommen, die "gestöppelt" hat. So haben wir durch Zufall vom Fest aller Feste in Valencia erfahren - den Fallas. Wie bei uns an der Fasnacht wird hier der Winter vertrieben. Am letzten Tag (also heute) werden minutenlang ohrenbetäubende Feuerwerke in die Luft gejagt und um Mitternacht meterhohe Figuren mitten in der Innenstadt verbrannt. Es war ein unglaublich eindrückliches Erlebnis für uns! Da haben sich auch die drei Stunden warten gelohnt, um in der ersten Reihe dabei zu sein... ;-)Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Comunitat Valenciana, Landes Valencia, Valencia, Communauté Valencienne, Valenza, ヴァレンシア, 발렌시아 지방, Область Валенсия

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