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May 28, 2019 - Tarifa

28th May – Tuesday Today is sort of a rest day (ahem), so we had a slow start to the day, venturing out late morning to the Castle of Tarifa, also known as the castle of Guzman the Good. The impressive Moorish style castle was built in 960 AD, but the site has shown signs of occupation since Neolithic times, and is believed to be built on the remains of an old Roman fort. The castle is named after Alonso Perez de Guzman, who recaptured Tarifa from the Moors in the siege of 1294, when he sacrificed his son's life to save the town, and was...

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May 25, 2019 - Tarifa

25th May – Saturday The bus ride is fairly smooth, it is only when we get into a town that there is a lot of stop-start. Around two hours after leaving Lisbon we have a half hour stop, not sure where it was, but we get off anyway to stretch our legs. Around 2am we are in Faro, and quite a few passengers get on. The woman in the seat in front of Tony relines her seat right back, and it startles Tony. Half asleep, and with a sleep mask on, he cannot see what is happening, but his legs are getting crushed. He reaches out to stop the seat...

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Oct 14, 2015 - Back in España

Monday 12th. Left Isla Christina and drive as far as south Cadiz. Overnight stay at Roche Camping, Conil de la Frontera. Pitches far too small, but luxurious grass to park on and have as a "garden" was beyond my wildest dreams! Alas no view, lots cats, which were a nuisance especially to Blue, not a happy dog! Nowhere to walk him either, off site the road was too busy, private land opp, 3 Dobermans in the house on the left, which, when we walked past with Blue, went mad, barking,snarling and gnashing their teeth, Blue petrified so that was...

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Sep 20, 2015 - Back to Spain

Sunday, September 20th. A buffet breakfast was included in our tour which we enjoyed for the second day. They even served real coffee. We spent a couple of hours at the beach watching ships, kite surfers whipping back and forth across the harbour, groups of men playing soccer and children running in and out of the surf squealing with delight. I sat and watched the ocean with binoculars while Bill beachcombed. Neither of us saw much of outstanding interest. I spent a few more hours by the pool and Bill went exploring. As we were getting...

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Sep 17, 2015 - On the Water

Thursday, September 17th I had the most amazing experience today. We had booked a 2 hour whale watching trip aboard a research ship for today. Unfortunately Bill woke with an upset stomach and one of those painless tunnel vision headaches. He put me in a taxi at 10 and then he laid down. The organization “firmm”. www.firmm.org It was established in Switzerland in 1998 by Katharina Heyer a Swiss who visited the Straits in 1997 and couldn’t believe there wasn’t an organization doing research on the many whales and dolphins who seemed to live...

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Sep 16, 2015 - Touring Tarifa

Wednesday, September 16th. In the morning we trekked out to the water’s edge and walked the beach for about an hour looking at Africa. No kites were in the air, we think it has something to do with the tide. We started out with jackets on but the humidity arrived as the marine layer disappeared and we were in shirt sleeves again. Around 11 we hailed a taxi and headed into the old town of Tarifa. Tarifa is the most southernmost spot in Spain and perhaps all of Europe. It is probably as old as Phoenician Cadiz and was at one time a Roman...

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Sep 15, 2015 - To Tarifa

Tuesday, September 15th. It was a short drive to Tarifa. We drove around and over rolling hills many of which had windmill farms perched on top. Must be windy around there. Once we hit the Atlantic coast again we could see long wide stretches of sandy beaches and Morocco, Africa across the water, another pinch me moment. The campground we had chosen was on the water side, Rio Jara. There were a few campers around especially where the pitches looked at the water so we settled on a site close to the office in order to receive the Internet....

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Jan 29, 2014 - Tarifa

We had some really heavy rain overnight & the road outside the camp was flooded when we headed into La Linea to se if they still have the Wednesday market. We were too early as they were only just starting to set up the stalls at 9am & it didn't seem to be anywhere near as big as we remembered it. It was a bit cold & dull so we decided to call it a day & go back & pack up & move on round the coast to Tarifa, our next stop. I decide to drive back round past the border& out along the seafront past our old apartment block. Surprise, surprise...

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May 16, 2012 - Gibraltar

We had a light breakfast at our hotel, loaded up all the luggage in the car, and headed for Gibraltar. (Why do I hear strains of The Beverly Hillbillies in my head?) The trip over wasn't too long, took a couple of hours. Southern Spain is beautiful country. It looks a little like SoCal. We knew we were getting close to the border into Gibraltar when we found ourselves in a crazy line. It snaked down one side of the round-about, and when we thought we had about reached the entrance, the line turned back around and headed back the other way....

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Paul in Europe 2012

May 15, 2012 - Tangier, Morocco

Yes, it has taken me a long time to update this travel blog! Yes, I am alive! Thanks for asking. Things have been off to a rocky start--not bad exactly, just not going as planned. My flight was almost an hour late leaving LAX. I thought we would arrive in Madrid on time, but we were pretty late getting there already, and I had not given myself a great deal of times clearing customs and getting to the next terminal for the flight to Malaga. I felt like OJ Simpson running through the airport. OK, I mean the young OJ from the TV commercials...

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Dec 30, 2010 - Gibraltar & Tarifa

So, Gibraltar. We actually weren't that bothered about going, but we were so close it seemed silly not to, and I'm so glad we did, I really enjoyed it. First off, after a chilly start, it turned out to be a really warm and sunny day and that was most welcome after a couple of weeks of dreich weather. Secondly, Marks and Spencers. But more of that later. My first impressions of Gib were pretty good; it was prettier than I expected, and bigger too. We got a lovely welcome from the British border control chap, too, which made me realise how...

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Jun 15, 2010 - Little Britain

Initial disappointment in discovering the cable car to the top of the Rock was closed due to high winds soon disappeared after we decided to take a minivan tour to the top. The touting going on at the cable car station was off-putting and seemed highly inflated, but in the town centre the rates seemed more realistic. It turned out to be a fantastic experience and we saw much more than we would have if we had taken the cable car. Plus we had an information and fun guide in the person of Paul, who provided an interesting commentary. And not...

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