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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 travelblog.org (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
OUR CANADIAN BIG FIVE; Black Bear
OUR CANADIAN BIG FIVE; Bison
OUR CANADIAN BIG FIVE; Grizzly Bear

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
FALLAS DE DENIA
FALLAS DE DENIA
FALLAS DE DENIA

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante February 17th 2019

17 février 2019 : Pour notre dernière journée à l'Albir, nous allons à Elche, découvrir le jardin botanique, la basilique et le château.... read more
ELCHE
ELCHE
ELCHE

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante February 16th 2019

14 février 2019 : Nous visitons le musée de la Villa Romana à l'Albir. 15 février 2019 : Nous allons voir le phare de l'Albir 16 février 2019 : Nous allons à Terra Natura, qui est tout simplement un petit zoo à côté de Benidorm.... read more
TERRA NATURA
TERRA NATURA
TERRA NATURA

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante February 13th 2019

13 février 2019 : Aujourd'hui, nous visitons une succession de vieux châteaux plus ou moins restaurés dans la région d'Alicante. Nous commençons par le château de La Mola avec le sanctuaire Santa Maria Magdalena à Novelda construit au 19ème siècle par José Salas, un disciple d'Antoni Gaudi qui s'est inspiré de la Sagrada Familia de Barcelone. Nous allons ensuite au châreau de Petrer qui est fermé, puis au château de Biard, également fermé, puis au château d'Onil et nous terminons à Castella. Tous ces château de la même époque se ressemblent. Ils sont bâtis sur le même modèle.... read more
NOVELDA
NOVELDA
NOVELDA

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante February 12th 2019

12 février 2019 : Ce matin, visite de la grotte de Canalobre, puis musée de musique ethnique à Busot. Le midi, nous mangeons au restaurant de l'hôtel et l'après-midi nous allons à Finestrat. Ce sont des destinations pas très loin de chez nous mais nous profitons d'être à l'Albir pour aller les visiter.... read more
BUSOT
BUSOT
BUSOT

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante February 11th 2019

11 février 2019 : Grâce au programme Imserso (Instituto de Mayores y SERvicios SOciales) pour les retraités en Espagne, qui permet de remplir des hôtels à bas prix en période creuse, nous nous rendons à L'Albir, à une cinquante de kilomètres de Benidoleig. Nous partons à 10H00 et arrivons un peu avant midi. L'après-midi nous visitons la plage ainsi que l'Alfa del PI,située de l'autre côté de la nationale. A 20H00, nous prenons notre dîner à l'hôtel puis assistons à la réunion de présentation de notre séjour puis allons nous coucher.... read more
ALFA DEL PI
ALFA DEL PI
ALFA DEL PI




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