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Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante June 12th 2023

We woke up around 9am, and after a cup of coffee we were on way to the beach to catch the bus to the Santa Barbara Castle. At about 10:30 a small bus approached and turned out to the ours. After we boarded, along 5 or 6 others, we rode around the mountain thru a small town at the base and up the road to the parking area. We got off, and walked up to the entrace, and were surprised to find out there was no entry fee. Winding our way up and around, we reached the top level. Here, we took some good photos, then started back down, convinced we'd missed the 40-minute delay between busses, but the bus was there waiting for us. After the 20-minute ride back down, the bus stopped at our ... read more

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante June 11th 2023

Well, today we are moving on from Valencia to Alicante. We had bought the tickets for the train last night, but still we weren't sure of everything. We'd had the hotel order a taxi at 12:10, but we were up and ready to go by 10am or so, so we walked to the shopping center just up the street from our hotel. After browsing around, we returned to the hotel, finished packing our stuff and went downstairs to turn in the key card. The taxi showed up right on time and took us to the Alfafar station, where we bought 2 more tickets to Estacion del Norte. We were there quite early, so after confirming that our tickets to Alicante were valid, we looked for a place to eat lunch and relax. We ended up eating ... read more

After kicking off the summer with a trip to Italy, I didn't really have any further travel plans and thus I wasn’t expecting to be writing again so soon - but here we are! Life has a habit of keeping you on your toes. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world of work forever by forcing millions of office workers to work remotely and for many companies across the globe, this forced experiment proved to be a huge success, as employers realised that productivity could be maintained or even improved, and employees realised that they really didn't need to be in the office every day anymore - that work could now be much more flexible and convenient than ever before. I am fortunate enough to be working for a company that has not just embraced remote ... read more
Old Town Alicante

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante April 5th 2022

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 Alicante, Spain Whelp…Mother Nature & Poseidon had other plans for Riviera today. Alicante was a no go. The winds were 35 knots, the waves were about 15 – 25 feet. Just too dangerous. In fact, a cargo ship snapped its mooring line WITHIN THE BREAKWATER! That is what one might say NOT GOOD. When we opened the drapes, the sea was white with foam while the dark grey clouds dropped down to meet the foamy waves, it was quite difficult to see where one started and the other ended. It rained all day long as the ship pitched and rolled with the winds and waves. It wasn’t bad, at all. I did find it amusing that there were barf bags fanned out neatly atop each and every trash receptacle on the ship. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante March 31st 2022

Thursday, March 31, 2022 Alicante, Spain The sun rose over the ocean to a cloudless sky, the light brought into view a castle resting atop a crag of a mountain, a modern city with high rise condos and hotels and a long curving sandy beach, while a mountain ranges off in the distance framed the scene, a view unlike anything we’ve seen on this trip. Its roots are ancient, its port a mainstay for Madrid and a working persons city abundant with midcentury high-rise buildings favoring the brutalist period. Welcome to Alicante, Spain. We arrived at 10am this morning after a somewhat rocky night. It may have rained in Alicante, but today was brilliant with sun and blanketed by bilious clouds. My sleep, even after a Unisom intervention, was somewhat fitful. I gave up at one ... read more

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante March 6th 2020

Our journey home was a long one! Thirty-six and a half hours travelling to be exact. The journey comprised eight legs; a long-tail boat, then a ferry, followed by a minibus, two aeroplanes, a taxi, a train and then a car. We left Hat Yao (Long Beach) at 8.30 a.m. on Friday morning, 28thFebruary, by long-tail to Tonsai, to board the 9.00 a.m. ferry to Phuket. After a two-hour ferry trip, we took a minibus to Phuket International airport, arriving there at 12.30 p.m. Our plane wasn’t due to take off until 7.40 p.m. so we were at the airport quite a long time. This was unavoidable because the later ferry would not have got us to the airport until too late for an intercontinental check-in. It wasn’t too bad and we had a good lunch ... read more
Tonsai Harbour, Phi Phi

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante January 17th 2020

Two weeks to Thailand: trip preparations Friday 17th January 2020 We have just got the rucksacks out of the cupboard, have drawn up the packing list and shopped for most of the essentials that we need (medical, toiletries and so on). Just before Christmas, we visited the International Diseases Unit at the Vega Baja Hospital in Orihuela, as we always do before backpacking to tropical climes and were delighted to be told that all of our previous inoculations were still within their end dates, so no jabs required this time! Our blogs are arranged into trips, so this blog is the first of Trip 9 on (other trips have been recorded elsewhere). Blogging is our way of preserving and treasuring the memories. We have just up-dated our profile text on travelblog, in preparation for this ... read more

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante June 30th 2019

Sunday 30th June 2019 Our journey home on Lufthansa went smoothly, and both flights were on time. The timing of the first flight, however, was not conducive to slumber, so we didn’t try to sleep, just watched movies. We got up at 8 a.m. on Friday, which was 5 p.m. here in Spain. We landed at Alicante airport twenty-four hours later at 5 p.m. yesterday. Needless to say, by the time we did eventuality get to bed here at home last night, we had been up for too many hours, so we didn’t do a lot today! Although travel is great, it was lovely to get home to our dogs, Mutley and Megan. Nick and Mam have a new little rescue dog called Flor. Actually, we thought that we were going to adopt her, but we ... read more

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante April 27th 2019

Saturday 27th April 2019 Preparing for a road trip is completely different to preparations for backpacking. We keep forgetting that we shall not have to carry rucksacks, so the clothing allowance can be a little less frugal! However, since we are taking some camping gear with us, space will not be over-generous in our wheelie holdalls, just a little more ample than in a rucksack. Weight will not be a problem: the little tent weighs just 2.2 kilo. So, the packing list is complete, we have shopped for most of the things we need (medical, toiletries and so on) and John is playing with his new Canon camera! Another difference is that we have not had to visit the International Diseases Unit at the Vega Baja hospital in Orihuela as for past big trips. Unlike when ... read more

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante » Denia March 18th 2019

18 mars 2019 : Comme tous les ans à la même époque c'est "Las Fallas". Des sculptures en genre de carton-pâte sur ossature bois et polystyrène qui sont décorées et exposées pendant une semaine, puis sont brûlées d'où le nom de Fallas (feu)... read more

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