A Canadian couple enjoying life and traveling the world. 70 countries and counting.

Former TravelPod Member: jimpat

Joined: March 3rd, 2010
From: lives in Currently living in Costa Rica,Canada
Hobbies: travel and photography
Languages: english and spanish
Description: adventurous

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Westbank June 28th 2017

Off to an early start to our day as we have a rental car to return before catching our flight to London. Once again we are flying with British Airways and this time the service we received was quite different than on our flight to Spain. We enjoyed comfortable seats, a free meal and drinks including alcoholic beverages. Our flight flew into London City Airport but we quickly bought Tube tickets for our trip to Heathrow, which worked our very well. At Heathrow we stopped at the British Airways desk as we noticed that on our next flight we were not seated together. The agent informed us that we were together and printed us new boarding passes. We then inquired about an upgrade to business class but it was sold out. As we boarded the flight ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga June 27th 2017

Today is our one full day to explore the charming city of Malaga. Malaga is a port city along Spain's Costa del Sol. It is a beautiful city with amazing architecture and picturesque walking streets. We enjoyed a delicious morning coffee with churros and then wandered through a covered market area and then into the lovely streets for a few hours before returning to our hotel to escape the heat for a bit. In the afternoon we visited the 11th century Alcazaba of Malaga (Moorish Fortress) which is the mightiest and most extensive in all of Spain. It was lovely to explore and reminded us a lot of the Alhambra in Granada. The fortress also offered great views of the city. Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso so late in the afternoon we toured the ... read more
Stall at the market
An unusual yellow fruit
Lovely town square

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga June 26th 2017

This morning we drove to the neighbouring city of Benidorm to pick up our rental car for our trip to Malaga. We were early for our pick up so walked down to the seaside and enjoyed a coffee. Once we had our rental we took some back roads back to Albir, so Pat did not have to drive on the highway. Once back we loaded our rental car and headed out on our 5 1/2 hour drive to Malaga. It was a hot drive as the temperature was in the 30's the whole way. We stopped in Almería for lunch and a walk to stretch our legs. Then we continued west towards Malaga, passing an area which has the largest concentration of greenhouses in the world covering over 26,000 hectares. Several millions of tons of greenhouse ... read more
The famous guitarist Antonio de Torres is from this area
Greenhouses (not our photo)
Central square in Malaga

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alfaz del Pi June 25th 2017

Today is our last full day here in Albir on the Costa Blanca. We have enjoyed our time here, though it really is a tourist destination for Northern Europeans, Russians and Brits. Whenever we sit in cafes or walk the beach promenade we hear a real mixture of different languages. It is definitely hot and dry, so we have made good use of our pool. We will not miss driving the crazy maze of one way narrow streets to our exchange home. We spent part of our day packing suitcases and cleaning the house. Enjoyed a nice leisurely lunch by our pool and in the evening we had our last walk along the beach promenade and views of the Mediterranean.... read more
Playa Albir. Our exchange home was at the top of all the homes you see.
Jim along the beach promenade

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alfaz del Pi June 24th 2017

Today was probably our laziest day ever on holidays! We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and then drove into Albir for coffee. The rest of the day was mainly spent relaxing by the pool.... read more

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alfaz del Pi June 23rd 2017

Today we had lunch with our friends Barry and Karen. We met Barry and Karen in Costa Rica. They are originally from Calgary but, like us, they retired with a view to live in warmer places. They lived in CR for five years before moving to Spain (Barry has an EU passport, and is originally from England). They are enjoying the climate in this part of Spain, and have no plans to ever return to Canada. We met them at a Nepalese restaurant in Altea, where they now live. We had a great Indian/Nepali lunch, and enjoyed catching up with them. Later we spent the afternoon by our pool.... read more

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alfaz del Pi June 22nd 2017

Today we are off to the village of Guadalest which lies at the head of the Guadalest Valley, some 35 kilometres inland from where we are staying. The winding road from the coast to Guadalest is almost worth the trip on its own, passing as it does through stunning scenery. The valley is covered with woods of pine, holm oak, maple and ash and in the cultivated areas are orchards of apples, cherries, and pears, groves of olives, oranges, almonds, figs and lemons, and the local fruit, nísperos. The village economy relies almost entirely on tourism these days but from Moorish times its position at the top of a granite mountain where the Moors built their castle, rendered it almost unconquerable. Surrounded by the Aitana, Serella and Xorta mountains, it appears it was first settled by ... read more
Protective awnings over fruit trees
Plaza below the castle
Cake and flan

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alfaz del Pi June 21st 2017

Today we went to Cartagena. It is about a two and a half hour drive to Cartagena from where we are staying. Fortunately, the roads in Spain are good. Throughout our trip we have relied on Google Maps as our GPS, and again today it took us directly to our destination. As usual, our first stop on arrival in Cartagena was coffee. We enjoyed a coffee on the Calle Mayor in central Cartagena, a lovely walking street with some impressive architecture. Then we headed off to our principal goal, the Teatro Romano. This Roman theatre was only discovered about 20 years ago, buried beneath centuries of other buildings. It seems that the theatre suffered a deadly fire in the 2nd century BC, and was abandoned. Soon after that, it was turned into a street market, and ... read more
Coffee in Cartagena
Cartagena main walking street
Palace of Halls

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alfaz del Pi June 20th 2017

Today after breakfast we went into Albir and looked around the village a bit before finding a nice coffee spot. The town is very touristy with lots of restaurants, shops and grocery stores. Lots of foreign tourists walk the streets in only their beachwear, which can be quite unsightly at times! We spent the afternoon in or around the pool, as it is another hot one today! In the evening we enjoyed some delicious Thai food at a local restaurant. After dinner we strolled along the lovely beach promenade.... read more
Pad Thai
Duck in red curry sauce
Along Albir's promenade

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alfaz del Pi June 19th 2017

Today we are driving north of here to the coastal town of Denia. In the centre of the city is a 17th century Renaissance style castle, on the site of an earlier Moorish fortress. Our first stop was coffee and then we set off to find the castle. Again the problem of very poor signage in Spain when trying to find historical attractions! After wandering up a few steep cobbled streets in the heat of the day we finally arrived at the castle. It is a handsome reminder of the town's historic importance when the Moors ruled this part of Spain. From Denia we headed south along a coastal road to a pretty little town called Moraira. It had a lovely beach area where we enjoyed soaking our feet. We also enjoyed a lovely lunch of ... read more
View of Denia from the castle
View as we walked up into the castle
Gull checking out the view

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