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Dec 5, 2016 - Move to Cabo de Gata

After a day of rain on the Sunday we moved further south to Cabo de Gata campground near Almeria. We had a straight forward journey and although the road to the campground was narrow the roads and pitch was great. We were made welcome not only by the staff in the office but also by a number of our fellow campers mainly Brits.

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Dec 3, 2016 - Exploring Mojacar and a little bit south

The weather was grey and cold but we decided to head down to Mojacar a tourist resort further down the coast as we anticipated it would have a promenade to walk. We were right and although the weather was a bit naff we had a good walk. We just back to the car and the heavens opened. So much for sunny Spain! We drove further down the coast and founded another area of rugged coastline

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Nov 22, 2016 - Autumn

The last week of October/first in November, we didn't travel anywhere except locally, but we did have a fabulous fortnight, starting with a simple game of Chinese dominoes, brill idea for Christmas family fun....the spots go up to 12, so it's a huge box, but up to 12 people can play and it's more challenging, interesting and very sociable!....especially if you add nibbles and wine half way through! Then we went to beach bar Floria on the Friday afternoon to be entertained by Mitch and Mike, who were great singers;the place was packed, it...

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Nov 19, 2016 - Leaving Malaga

In several hours we will leave Malaga on the Royal Carribean cruise ship, Rhapsody of the Seas. It is a repositioning cruise by way of the Canary Islands and Nassau to Miami, Florida. As wifi is usually exorbitantly priced on ships, this might be the last you hear from us for two weeks. Brian will be celebrating his 68th birthday on the 23rd, and we might be in Tenerife on that day. Sharon and Babu left yesterday, with the rental car to the airport in Malaga, to catch a flight to Barcelona, and on to Athens where they will spend some time...

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Nov 17, 2016 - Another continent, Africa!

We were picked up at the corner of our street by a large tour bus at 7:45 a.m. and headed off in the dark toward the south western tip of the country. Past Gibraltar once again, past Algeciras, Terife on the Spanish coast, is the most southerly point of the European continent. The countryside here has dozens of metal windmills turning the breezes into electricity. Two 'pillars of Hercules' have been pointed out to us: one mountainous outcrop of land on the Moroccan side, and Gibraltar on the Spanish/British side. Terife is where the ferry...

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Nov 17, 2016 - Mountains and beaches

The mountain communities of Ojen, Moda,and Coin drew our attention today. It was only 30 km up through the winding mountain passes to the third town. Lots of olive trees, laden with several different colours of what we think might be different varieties of olives. Lots of mountainous rock, and lovely vistas. Not much to see or do in these three towns except drive through, and imagine what it would be like to live here permanently, and what you would do with yourself. We drove up a hair raising narrow road into what was labelled as a nature...

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Nov 15, 2016 - Bits and pieces

Just a few updates. It seems to me that when I look back over our journey that it's pretty glamorous. However, we are doing it very inexpensively, overall. We are eating in the condo, making our own meals, and buying groceries probably cheaper than at home. We are renting a car for 60 euros per week, dividing the cost in half for each couple. And this condo which rents out for 950 euros per week, we managed to get for 250 euros for the week, via the travel club that I belong to. Babu seems to be in great physical shape, as he goes for...

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Nov 15, 2016 - Ronda

Leaving in our rental car from Puerto Banus, we headed down the coast for 5 minutes before finding the turn off to the mountain town of Ronda, only 50 km, but over one hour of focussed driving up winding hair pin turns to over 4,ooo feet above sea level. We were delightfully surprised at the quaint, bustling, mountain town with ancient buildings and arched bridges. We walked for several hours around the parks, streets, and squares. We skirted several bus tour groups, and snapped pictures of gorges, farm land, and architecture. This town...

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Nov 14, 2016 - Gibraltar

We drove to Gibraltar today and it was great. British, so we could understand, ate a fish and chip meal, took the cable car to the top and back, so we didn't walk down. Saw a couple of monkeys/apes at the top, took plenty of photos, watched the ships go through the Straits, and could see Africa in the mist across the water. We parked our car along the street at the paid parking, on the Spanish side of the city of La Linea, but the meter on our block was broken, so the traffic meter man told us it was free today. We spent the extra money...

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Nov 13, 2016 - Costa del Sol

We find ourselves in the Costa del Sol portion of Spain, having flown from Barcelona to Malaga. The plane fare was one third the cost of the train, so seemed most expedient. Sharon had booked a car for us on line, and after waiting for our turn at the rental counter (many rental agencies doing a very brisk business), and locating the vehicle in the airport garage, we headed out of the airport with Babu driving, and me attempting to navigate. We proceeded to get lost in the maze of off and on ramps, clover leafs, traffic circles, and one way...

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Oct 21, 2016 - First walk of this season

Saturday 15th October Today we took Blue to Su's after walking him a shorter way than usual, we know he'll be on the go all day when he's with Su and Ron. Then off to Casares for a long walk. This time we wanted to do the first route again, but the other way round. We parked at the top of the village in the walkers' car park then walked right down to the bottom of the hill to where the path up the mountain begins. That in itself is about 3/4 mile quite steep descent all the way. The track starts off decent enough, then gets harder as you...

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Oct 21, 2016 - Eastern Algarve and High Tides

On Wed (the 19th) we took another tour, this time covering the Eastern Algarve, from Faro (where we landed when we flew in) all the way to the Guadiana River which forms the border with Spain. It was an early morning as we had to be at the gate of the resort at 7:45 for our pickup. We had our snacks made and daypacks ready, so we were up and out the door on time. Too bad the bus wasn’t! We were picked up at 8:05, with another resort guest, a German girl, Uli, who is a pharmacist and on a one week vacation here. Our bus proceeded on to...

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