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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella December 2nd 2007

Hola!!! Hope everyone is well back at home. We have been spending sometime on the coast (Costa Del Sol). Spent sometime in the mountains near Granada but the temp was droppng to 1/2 degrees at night. Bought a big quilt from Carrefour and some warm p.js for James then came down to coast and haven't used them! Temp rose to 25 deg in the day, not falling below 15 at night! Spent sometime looking at the Casa Ceuvos (cave houses) of Grananda. These houses are abundant in this region and quite fascinating. Some look like proper houses with extensions on the front, others are literally a rock with a couple of doors and windows at the front but inside can contain 14 or 15 rooms, dug out from the mountain they sit in. They are ecologically ... read more
Sun farm
casa cuevo
The Local

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella September 2nd 2007

Our escape from the non-existent London summer this year was a flight to Malaga, hire a car and stay in a small beach town called Estepona. When not enjoying our hotel balcony which was about as big as our London apartment overlooking the coast and country, we took day trips to Malaga, Marbella and joined the festival in Ronda where we also managed to get into the biggest bull fight of the Ronda calander! We even spent an afternoon back in the UK (Gibraltar) Haze was in heaven with our consant search for the best daily tapas bar and seafood paella. ... read more
Our balcony
Our hotel - close up

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella May 26th 2007

Trapped in La Quinta We try to enjoy some sun this morning, but it gets cool quite quickly and we retreat back to our hotel room where it’s warmer. The Costa del Sol has some amazing beach weather most of the time, but both times I’ve been in Marbella (this time and 10 years ago), it has been cloudy and rainy. No worries, though, because our room is a refuge that I don’t mind spending the whole day in. This will be a luxury pretty soon. Our plan today is to take a cab to Puerto Banús, which is closer than Marbella center, and check out the beach, have lunch, and buy groceries so that we can avoid spending more on food and drinks at the hotel. I refuse to pay for overpriced bottles of water, ... read more
The rain in Spain...
The rain in Spain...

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella May 25th 2007

There is nothing to say for today. We ordered much of the same food for lunch and continued writing and posting pictures - or did you not notice that there were almost 10 blogs posted during our stay in Marbella? We read books. Leroy is now reading Barack Obama’s book, and I am reading some less than good novels that I pilfered from Bett’s Paris apartment. First there was “Which Brings Me to You” by Steve Almond and Juliana Baggot, which is a quick read but easily forgotten, and now there is “Good Grief” by Lolly Winston, which I give the same review. It’s hard to find a good book. On our last full day in Paris, Bett and I spent a good half hour in the books section of the Virgin Megastore on the Champs-Elysées ... read more
Marbella, the way we see it
Marbella, the way we see it
Marbella, the way we see it

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella April 26th 2007

...Imagine a Sunday. A really hot, lazy, summers Sunday. Now stretch that thought. A little more. And some more. Okay, that about sums up the Spanish vacaciones. It was, the first of a kind. Not least because it was planned only days before departure. I booked some days off work, hopped onto an easyjet airbus and hours later, found a familiar face at the airport waiting to collect me... ...The first night I slept better than I had in a long time. It was sleep much needed and I awoke revived by the rest and the overcast morning. The clouds did nothing to dampen my mood however. Quite the contrary. I was warmed both by the still air and the company. Here, on the southern Spanish coast, I was able to spend more time with ... read more
La Calle
Room with a View

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella November 29th 2006

The bus ride from Málaga only took a couple hours, and I was in Marbella before noon. I hiked down the hill from the bus station into the center, but I was having a hard time finding the tourist office. So, I stopped into a net cafe and looked at a map and then set off to find it. It didn't take long, and they directed me to the local hostel, which I would have walked right by had I just followed the road from the station instead of the signs for the center. I checked in to the institutional hostel (run by the government, just like the one in Málaga) and noticed they had a pool. In fact, it was a really nice pool with a view of the ocean in the distance. I checked ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella November 29th 2006

The glory that is Marbella In the summertime months, Marbella is known as the jewel of the Costa del Sol, Spain’s coastline towns on the Mediterranean Sea. With a long, broad walkway along the beach and many lovely hotels, restaurants and clubs, Marbella attracts the glitterati from all over the world. Everyone from P Diddy and J Lo to the King of Saudi Arabia has spent time here - in fact, the King of SA liked it so much, he built a summer home here in the exact dimensions of the White House in Washington, DC. Marbella is snuggled in between the mountains of central Spain and the clear blue water of the Med Sea. Truly gorgeous. A hotel to relax and enjoy in In the winter, however, it’s much quieter and the prices drop ... read more
Marbella at Sunset

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella November 27th 2006

The Sorts of Days that I Dream of… A Drive through the Hill Towns of Spain Today started as the usual “check out of the hotel, moving on to the next place” sort of day. We repacked our backpacks, which we are strangely enough getting worse at; and then got some breakfast. After breakfast the day began with us driving our faithful Bimmer out of Arcos. A quick note about the Spanish road system: First the positive, Spain has an incredibly well maintained and easy to drive road system. All of their roads are well paved and generally are well laid out. Now the bad, Road signs have no directions on them. You never see, A-374 EAST. It’s just A-374 to the next major town which you should know because, of course, you are from ... read more
Countryside Near Zahara
A Street in Zahara
Olive Presses

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella November 18th 2006

1. Tangers is the Tijuana of Moracco. Dont bother. Its not worth the money, headaches, and hepatitis C. That is what we were told, and Christina had already been there, so we skipped it. 2. "Bullfight anybody?" (asked to my parents, my little sister, Christina and both of her parents) Answer: 2 yeses, 4 maybes, and 1 no. Guesses on who said what? 3. The Christians are hilarious when they take over a muslim mosque. AND LAZY!!! They come across a beautiful Moorish temple that took 100 years to build and is considered the height of Moorish art and what do they do? They make it Christian. But, do they knock down the temple the infidels built and rebuild on the sight their own church? No (thank goodness, because that would have been a shame). They ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella August 7th 2006

After a 6 hour detour at the airport in Casablanca , I arrived in Malaga, Spain to spend a few days with my friend Kenza and her family who are vacationing in Marbella on the Costa del Sol in the South of Spain. At this point, I havent had more than 5 hours of sleep in 48 hours, have spent most of the time sitting and waiting for flights, and am absolutely exhausted. It is now almost midnight and just about ready to crash, but in true Spanish-style, we head out for dinner. We didnt eat until 1:30 a.m.!!! And we thought we dined late in Montreal... We are staying at the Westin La Quinta Golf Resort, which is located about 15 minutes from the port, but is absolutely stunning (surrounded by huge villas and estates), ... read more

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