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Europe » Spain » Region of Murcia December 21st 2020

Dear all, I really had to look back to see when I last posted a blog and it was 21st March in the early stages of COVID lockdown in Spain. Despite my good intentions I have not made much progress on the writing front. It’s odd as I almost feel like I shouldn’t be spending time sitting at the computer writing etc when I could be outside enjoying the great outdoors. I don’t want to revisit the whole lockdown, easing, new normal etc just to say we finally set off back to the UK on in July, much later than usual. We opted to drive back to the UK and had a couple of stops on the way through the north of Spain. Firstly the walled city of Avila, then it was cycling in Asturias on ... read more
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Village Patrol
Stunning Toledo

Europe » Spain » Region of Murcia November 18th 2020

NOVEMBER 4, 2019 After our first night aboard ship we woke well rested and eager for the day ahead. We enjoyed an excellent breakfast with a view of the water as the ship moved swiftly toward our first destination. By 10:00 am the ship had docked at Pier Alfonso XII Cruise Terminal in the natural harbor of Cartagena. This important harbor was established as a major naval center by the Carthaginians in 227 BC. Cartagena was a booming place during the Roman period. Today the harbor is still a busy port and important naval base, capital of the Spanish Navy’s Maritime Department of the Mediterranean since the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century, but from our vantage point all we could see were hundreds of masts of pleasure boats anchored cheek and jowl. With more than ... read more
Dome ceiling inside Santuario de La Fuensanta
Santuario de La Fuensanta
Cathedral de Santa Maria in Murcia

Europe » Spain » Region of Murcia March 21st 2020

Hi folks, I am writing this blog from our lovely house in Spain, a country in lockdown because of COVID-19. These are my personal reflections and some of it may help people understand what it is like. Many of your are in similar situations and a large number of you are living in the UK which is doing its own thing. If you had said to me that just about a month after leaving Mexico that we would be in lockdown in Spain then I would have said NEVER! We got back from Mexico on 26th February and I scooted straight back to the UK for ten days, during which time got to have some great catch ups with friends, some quality family time and some serious abuela time with Finn. As the news was emerging ... read more
Poppies
Wedding day
Finny and his amazing mam and dad

Europe » Spain » Region of Murcia » La Manga del Mar Menor January 20th 2020

After a stormy night we peered out of the windows to survey the damage. It is pouring down and mini lakes are developing in the back garden. This was not the sunny Spain we expected.... read more
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Europe » Spain » Region of Murcia » Murcia June 22nd 2019

Bonjour à tous, Petite journée. Ce soir je suis en pleine campagne à une vingtaine de km de Murcia, au milieu des citronniers, orangers, oliviers, un hôtel super, mais il ne faut pas avoir envie se sortir le soir. Hier à Dénia, j'étais carrément sur la plage, mais comme disent les québécois, l'hôtel manquait d'amour, propre, mais la bâtisse un peu négligé, par contre, pour un de resto de plage la paella copieusement garnie, délicieuse pour un prix dérisoire de 11e. Plus je descent dans le sud, plus le petit déjeuner est servi tard, ce matin 9h, demain idem, ce qui me fait décoller tard. J'ai Murcia de programmé sur le gps, toujours sans péage. Pour sortir de Dénia et reprendre la nationale, vers Altéa, soit 20km j'ai du mettre 45 mn, dans cette configuration, la ... read more
Plazza del Cardenal Belluga
Murcia
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Europe » Spain » Region of Murcia March 16th 2019

Hi, Well despite my good intentions I have not written a blog since before Christmas. This is just a quick update and then as we are of on our Southern Africa adventure on Wednesday I will be blogging weekly. So Christmas was fine, all of my planning worked out and Chris, Adam, Barry and I had a lovely meal together on Christmas Day. On Boxing Day we were joined by Amy, Imogen, Keith and Finn. I had a lovely day out with my girls seeing the new Mary Poppins. Pat's house was finally all cleared with the last of the furniture going to charity and we locked up on 2nd January and stayed at the Hilton at the airport before flying back to Spain. It had been a difficult time for Chris and the end of ... read more
Who goes there?
Finn's first Spanish walk
Dos amigos

Europe » Spain » Region of Murcia » San Pedro del Pinatar January 16th 2019

So it's three weeks today since we left Les Sables d'olonne, and we're still loving the adventure. We'd planned a quiet, mostly on-site day today, with just a brief run out to a nearby garage to fill up the LPG. Unfortunately that garage was out of stock, and the nearest other stockist was up near Torrevieja - 25km or so. But once out, we decided to go for it, rather than take a chance on having enough for another night. So our little run out was prety much the whole morning! Still, we were back for a pre-lunch drink in the bar, and put some washing in one of the on-site machines. Cooked lunch outside for the first time - Spanish omelette with asparagus on the side. After some thought - and contacts with online friends ... read more

Europe » Spain » Region of Murcia » San Pedro del Pinatar January 15th 2019

Third consecutive night "in the wild," and without much driving we were startled to have battery issues last night and this morning, so decided to use an official place with a power supply tonight. First, though, we went back to the motorhome dealers near Cartagena. Got the replacement parts we needed (for a broken side marker and a cracked 230v cover), as well as the bits to make up a shorter mains cable (unrolling 25m seems silly when we're right next to the supply, and you're not supposed to use it coiled up). Also bought stuff to put in the loo, and (impulse buy alert- they didn't sell shoes or handbags) a pair of armrest storage-pocket things for our folding chairs. After earlier issues finding pitches anywhere official, we then headed back up to a nearby ... read more
Sunset

Europe » Spain » Region of Murcia » San Pedro del Pinatar January 14th 2019

Still here! Took a short run out today, to a big Carrefour supermarket to stock up, and a service point to fill up the water etc. Then back to the spot we'd found yesterday, for a relaxed lunch of ham salad, baguette and rosé. Later, we took a walk round the area, saw the yacht repair shops that felt like home, and discovered a couple of cafès open (so we had to stop for a drink - rude not to! Dinner was all fresh stuff from the shopping trip - steak, new potatoes and green beans. Lovely. Only did 20km, but who's counting? ... read more

Europe » Spain » Region of Murcia » San Pedro del Pinatar January 13th 2019

Really good peaceful night's sleep, no issue with water, battery or gas. But to be honest, there's nothing here to attract us to stay another day, so headed on up the edge of the Mar Menor. Park4night listed a location at Los Alcázares, but it didn't look a good overnight. The town seemed open for business though, so we locked up and went in search of a coffee or beer. The café we found on the main street served us a couple of beers with a pot of olives on the side, which reminded us it was nearly lunchtime. The owner had also accidentally dropped a menu on the table too, which showed ham & cheese toasties for 3€! Turned out they came with a few chips too. With coffee afterwards, lunch cost us all of ... read more
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