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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga June 26th 2019

Bonjour à tous, Je vais commencer par une note souriante. Si vous m'entendiez parler il ya, matière à rire. Mon espagnol, plus exactement mon catalan, d'il y a quelques décennies revient mais très lentement. Lorsque je suis obligé de m'exprimer en espagnol, je fais un mélange de langues. Passé l'expression mais un beau merdier. Lorsque le mot ne vient pas en espagnol, je bascule inconsciemment en anglais, et reviens à l'espagnol, mais ça passe plutôt bien. Bizarrement ce n'est pas le français qui vient à mon secours, dans ces cas là. Après coup j'en rigole tout seul. Dans l'ensemble beaucoup d'espagnols ont des bases de français, ou parlent anglais. Je suis quand même dans des coins touristiques. Gare avec le portuguais. 9h ce matin je traverse le pont romain de 247m qui traverse la rivière Guadalquivir, ... read more
le pont Romain
la cathédrale Cordou

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga » Malaga December 2nd 2018

Away we go. Goodbye Europe and Hello Africa! The day started with more exploration of the city of Malaga, visiting the Pablo Picasso museum, and navigating our way to the airport. Goal for today: get from Malaga to Italy, Italy to Ethiopia, Ethiopia to Uganda. Airports are an interesting place to hang out and this trip has been great in experiencing the variation in the process. In Malaga, each airline had multiple check in counters, but you were sorted by flight. Meaning you could only check in for a flight when they wanted you to. So despite getting to the airport 2.5 hours early, we had 45 minutes before boarding. Italy’s airport was more like a Mall of America than an airport. Finally, Ethiopia‘s had a triple check-in. One to get into the departure terminal (which ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga November 28th 2018

Our journey to Malaga was very good. The Easy Jet flight time was under 3 hours from Newcastle and we were surprised at our progress at both airports through check in, security and passport control. Malaga airport is very big and spacious but when we arrived in the evening it was eerily quiet with few incoming flights and passengers. It was easy to find the Line A bus stop and we travelled into Malaga centre, the Parque del Paseo, for 3 Euros each. Then it was a short walk to our hotel Teatro Romano close to the Roman amphitheatre and at the foot of the magnificent Alcazaba. We celebrated our arrival with a vegetarian meal at El Vegetariono de Alcazabilla. Excellent food at reasonable prices. Next day we pottered around the Malaga streets then enjoyed a ... read more
Salomon Ben Gabriol poet and philosopher 1021
art on tiles
cathedral tower

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga » Malaga November 24th 2018

We arrived today in Malaga, Spain and after a short hour taxi ride arrived at the only hotel reservations we had made prior to leaving on this trip. After 18 days of frequently switching residents and travel days, I am SO excited to stay put for a full week in a quiet oasis. I have so much thanks to my Aunt Terri for helping us out with these amazing accommodations. We are spending our week at the Marriot Playa Andaluza in Estepona where are room directly overlooks the Mediterranean. I am most excited for the following things (in order): We are going to have a full kitchen and are going to be able to cook our own meals. Despite my typical dislike for the process of coooking back home, having most of our recent meals be ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga April 4th 2018

A combined car and fashion museum was an unexpected highlight On the trip I made during Easter I stayed in Málaga the entire time and made day trips from there. I expected Malaga to be a pretty boring place because that is what rumours told me it was. I expected the town to hold little or nothing of interest to me. It turned out I was wrong. Malaga was far better than expected. Well, it didn't take much to reach "far better than expected" because my expectations didn't go beyond "bed to sleep in, food to eat and busses to other locations in Andalusia". But it turned out there were some interesting stuff in Málaga after all. Well, why don't you follow me through this blog entry and make up your own mind about this university ... read more
La Farola De Málaga
Museo Picasso Málaga
Museo Picasso Málaga

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga January 22nd 2018

Two weeks here now and we have settled into our little apartment which is just a 15 minute walk to the heart of Malaga. We are thoroughly enjoying experiencing the Spanish way of life and the many attractions of this very interesting city. It is in an ideal location to make side trips to other nearby cities by bus or train....Granada, Ronda, Cordoba, Seville, Cadiz and Morocco are all on our to do list. We are really fortunate to have connected with my old rugby mate Stephen and his wife Christine. They hosted us at their place in nearby Coin and have already taken us on a couple of adventures with the promise of more to come. Here are some highlights of the past 2 weeks.... read more
Street pickup
Roman theatre/Moorish Alcazaba

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga » Malaga January 9th 2018

To escape the miseries of winter at Sauble Beach this year we decided on the south of Spain in January and February then Italy in March. We did a combination of self booking (Air bnb) and had a knowledgeable agent help us with trains and tours in Italy. The first week was spent in Madrid with a day trip to Toledo; now we are in Malaga in a cosy apartment until the end of February. Here is the first installment of our latest adventure.... read more
Marlie makes a friend

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga November 22nd 2017

We were back in our regular Taberna De Cervantes for another selection of tapas on Saturday evening. After our lunch, we opted to have just a few dishes. We had been much later the previous evening and the place was crowded. Tonight, we had just beaten the rush. An hour later, the place was packed. The surrounding areas had also visibly filled up since we started dining, so we just wandered aimlessly in the adjacent streets considering our next plan. The Plaza de la Merced is a large square at the top of town. The top side is lined with bars. The majority were buzzing. We settled for one selling the local Victoria Beer. Since 1928. In a world of fizzy lager dominated by San Miguel and the Seville based Cruz Campo, Victoria is a much ... read more
Malaga CF v Deportivo La Coruna

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga November 21st 2017

I came home with tales of the latest holiday plans of the colleagues at work. Canary Islands. Southern Spain. East Midlands Airport flights naturally. "Can we go somewhere normal?", the Other Half politely inquired. I scanned the potential fixture list, before passing comment. We could have a long weekend in Malaga, I tentatively suggested after eyeing up the Malaga CF clash with Deportivo La Coruna. The plan was readily agreed and so I find myself on the tarmac at Castle Donnington studying with amazement as to how much the grey pound generation can conceivably try to cram on a plane as hand luggage. Michael O'Leary et al have spent years trying to redefine the parameters of air travel, but he has made no impact on this lot who have spent the last 40 years taking everything ... read more
Iglesia Del Sagrada Corazon
Malaga Cathedral
Centre De Pompidou

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga » Malaga November 21st 2017

Saturday November 19th and Sunday November 20th... Malaga After leaving Gibraltar we drove to Malaga situated on the Costa del Sol...Sun Coast. The hills and coast line along the way were filled with what looked like condos and resorts. The Barcelo Malaga was a modern hotel adjacent to the new mall/rail station complex and located near the bus terminal which made for serious convenience. (In the hotel there was a metal slide from the first floor down to the mezzanine bar.) The mall was filled with restaurants and we each picked something different for dinner take out...Taco Bell for me, Pizza Hut for Dawn and Sushi for the Temples. On Sunday we took a short taxi ride to Plaza Marina to walk about the stunning old town, an area with everything from cafes to ruins to ... read more
Our last Citroen road trip...Gibraltar to Malaga
Pizza Hut girl
Pizza Hut girl's crazy sister at the top of the hotel indoor slide...

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