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  • Day16

    The drive to La Santa

    March 8, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Oh what a drive! We left our charming Delta Hotel after a lovely breakfast of Iberian ham, cheeses, fruit, yogurt and delicious bread. As with last night, we had the dining room to ourselves and they turned on the English adult pop when we walked in! Another cloudless day, about 17 C; a good day to drive.

    Our 5 hour drive to Tortana was pretty uneventful. Good roads, only one toll for a tunnel, through rugged, rolling hills. The main agricultural products seemed to be oranges and fruit trees, just starting to bloom. Our first sign of trouble was that the GPS did not recognize the address we had, the name of the hotel, or any other information that we had. The tourist office in Tortana closed just before we got there so our only option was to ask various residents for directions to La Jardine De la Santa. No one spoke much English but we all used hand-signals. We did finally find the hotel after asking a woman walking on the street, a bar tender and a patron in a bar, a group of 10 high school students, and a man cleaning the tombs in a cemetery!

    The hotel, a renovated nunnery was very high on a hill near a town called Aledo. Tortana was only the mailing address (like trying to find Streetsville with only Mississauga as the location). We finally found it by trying every choice on the last traffic circle.

    But it was worth it! The convent is a beautiful old building set in a garden in a valley. Tory and I walked 1 km uphill to see a statue of Jesus and a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. The path was lined with the stations of the cross and the bells in the tower rang at regular intervals. Just lovely.

    Tomorrow, we do our final leg of driving to get to our timeshare on the Costa Del Sol.
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  • Day17

    The Costa Del Sol

    March 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We started out a bit worried as, once again, the GPS did not recognize any of the information that we had on the timeshare resort. We drove through an ever changing landscape; fruit trees in rocky fields, dry river beds, several tunnels through the mountains, fertile valleys and even glimpses of the Sierra Nevadas with snowy peaks.

    Trying to learn from yesterday, we stopped at a big hotel in Mijas to get directions. The woman in reception was very helpful and drew us a map of where to go. The communities on the Costa Del Sol are very dense with lots of small roads to endless condo buildings. But with only one additional stop for directions we got to the Club Calahondo.

    We have 2 two-bedroom units. Tory’s brother, Charles, is joining us for a few days so they will make good use of the second bedroom. The units are smallish but clean and well appointed. A trip to the Mercado (and 77 Euros later), we were too pooped to go back out. Dinner of wine and pizza was just perfect.
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  • Day22

    Different Paths

    March 14, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Today the group went in different directions.
    Tory, Roger and Charles drove to Gibraltar and the Delaney’s walked the boardwalk for a few kilometres. We regrouped in the evening to share stories then went to dinner.

    Their trip to The Rock was a big success. They left their car at the border and hired a cab to take them to the top, the caves, the monkey spa and the tunnels. They enjoyed it just as much as Brian had the week before.

    Our walk was quite pleasant but not half as exciting. The boardwalk extends as far as the eye can see in both directions.

    Dinner at Bogarts was a lovely experience. Within walking distance, the only problem we experienced was trying to find the front door! Fortunately our gracious waitress saw us out the window and came to our aid. Waiting for the paella to cook, we shared tapas and wine.....yummy. Coincidentally, the guitar player we met on our previous outing appeared to serenade us again.
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  • Day23

    Slow Day

    March 15, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Everyone had a late breakfast (too much wine last night) then Charles left for Portugal today. In the afternoon, Brian volunteered to drive Tory and Christine to a large department store, El Corte Ingles that they had been lusting to visit. Our finicky GPS surprised us and we arrived in good time. Brian suggested we meet in 1.5 hours and Christine reluctantly agreed. The timing worked out but the store was a bit of a disappointment; too pricey. Tory did buy some clothes for the grandkids in a discount section.
    Dinner was leftovers and anything left in the fridge, as we leave tomorrow.
    The pictures were taken from our balcony.
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  • Day5

    Malaga and Mijas

    January 29 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 57 °F

    We connected with Karla and Sam from Avant in Malaga. Also got a tour of the Media Center where we’ll stay on Saturday night. Late lunch (Paella) at Mijas overlooking the Mediterranean. We could see Africa.Read more

  • Day5

    GACHE Day 2 - Mijas Olivos

    June 12, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Cold & overcast to start.
    Par 3s rolled over to sextuplet on 12th. €18 to Chuck, though Andy made a 2.
    Andy 39 (60 total)
    Chuck 35 (64 total)
    Phil 32 (59 total)
    Brenda 20 (44 total)
    Some good golf despite the chilly conditions: Brenda wearing a fleece.
    Olivos is best Mijas course.
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  • Day103

    Los Jarales.

    January 11 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Ok, so we have been here for 9 days now and will be leaving tomorrow on Jaynes birthday. Had a great time here last year, however this year, although it's been good, we haven't done as much as we did previously. Spent a lot of time catching up on much needed rest, reading and popping to the local bars and resturants.
    Saturday did see us walk from Calahonda to Mijas Costa along the boardwalk to the market at La Cala. A round trip of about 6 miles.
    The site here seems to have deteriorated since last year, well it was only February, but there seem to be more long termers here now with their ramshackle set ups. Some pitches don't even have vans on just temporary buildings made of corrugated plastic and bits of sheeting. Still each to his own.
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