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Jan 31, 2014 - El Puerto Del Santa Maria

It was raining again when we got up today. We were going to go into Conil as they have a market every Friday but the weather didn't look like clearing up so we decided to give it a miss & push on towards Seville. But first we had to get off our pitch & had to wait for the maintenance man to turn up with his big pickup & tow us back off the pitch. No Problemo, as we Spanish speakers say? We headed off towards Cadiz with the intention of going North to Seville, about 90 miles away. However as we were late starting out we changed our minds &...

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Jan 31, 2014 - Jan/Feb

By late January, we had decided to book again for later this year. So we have booked the same pitch from 1st December for 5 months. Still like the idea of buying a small apartment but can't fly back and forth with 2 dogs; we love our Bus too so will carry on like this while the house/land is unsold, and we have the Boys. The good news is that the Singapore family are sending their architect mid Feb to have another look at Waterside and want to proceed if all ok. Again got everything crossed. Roy converted the side front seat into a big...

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Trip Journal


Winter 2013

Jan 30, 2014 - Conil

Early morning walk across to the giant sand dune at the North end of Tarifa beach. We got adopted by a stray dog who later got adopted by another dog & they both followed us on our walk. A number of weird old converted lorry & van motorhomes apparently being lived in by the wind & kite surfers who come to Tarifa for the windy conditions here. Kite surfing has certainly taken over from windsurfing. I only saw one wind surfer whereas there were lots of kite surfers out on the sea. We packed up Doris onto her trailer & moved on up the coast a...

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Jan 30, 2014 - Goodbye beautiful Granada

In all we had 3 lovely days skiing at Sierra Nevada resort. That first day we paid €5 to store our skis boots and poles up at the mountain and returned the next morning for another perfect day’s skiing. I had read that the resort gets busy with lots of local people on weekends so we decided to rest our sore muscles and spent Saturday and Sunday relaxing and exploring some more of Granada. We also checked out the nearby Alcampo supermarket, one of the biggest we have seen in Spain. It was raining on Monday so we didn’t travel up to the...

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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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Jan 28, 2014 - La Linea -Day 2

Another windy night but not too cold. Back into Gib again on Doris to look round the city & see what has changed. The most obvious change is the tremendous amount of new apartment blocks down on the reclaimed harbour area. The marina area is different also as it has been surrounded by multi storey buildings including a big casino. I has great difficulty even finding my way back up the Rock to where we used to have our office inside one of the tunnels in the Rock. The road system has all changed & was most confusing. I did manage in the end...

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Jan 27, 2014 - La Linea

Off to Gib our most Southerly point on our trip. Stopped at one of the many Lidl stores that they have in Spain to restock our depleted food stores. There are Aldi stores about as well but not as many as the Lidl ones. We located the only camp site that I have heard about in La Linea, just outside Gibraltar. We had a flat along the sea front in La Linea when we worked in Gibraltar some twenty years ago. The camp site is attached to a complex that helps disabled people & it is set in nice grounds & has good facilities plus it is very handy...

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Jan 26, 2014 - Marbella

I think we were the only people staying at this Aire tonight. There were lots of motorhomes in the yard but they all appear to be stored. We were nice & safe though as the yard was shut up & there was a dog & a watchman on all night. It was a cold start to the day again but it was clear & it warmed up very nicely during the day. We did another short hop down to the outskirts of Marbella, only 31 miles. We could easily have made it down to Gibraltar but we're not in a hurry & we wanted to see Marbella again after twenty odd years. We have...

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Jan 25, 2014 - Malaga

Pushed on the 40 miles to Malaga but the weather had turned cold & windy so the shorts & tee shirt went back in their box for now. We weren't sure whether to stop at Malaga as there was only an Aire at a caravan storage compound on the outskirts. However when we got there it had a convenient bus service into Malaga running past so we decided to stop. We'd never been into Malaga before so thought it might be worth a look. We found out that Malaga was the birth place of Picasso & there is a Picasso museum in the centre. Not really liking his...

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Jan 24, 2014 - Torrox-Costa

Started the day with an early morning walk along the beach to log yet another cache. Lovely sunrise with the Sierra Nevada mountains catching the sun. We passed two large car parks along the beach front, both full of motorhomers 'wild or free camping'. I suppose that this time of the year there's not a problem but I bet the police soon move them off during the summer season. Apparently you can get a publication called 'Camper Stops' which listed suitable locations. The local baker was taking advantage of the opportunity to sell his wares by...

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Jan 23, 2014 - Almerimar

It rained again during the night but still quite mild. Set off down towards Almeria, the next big town along the coast. Still surrounded by mountain ranges but as we got closer to Almeria we noticed more & more areas of land covered in plastic sheeting. The further we went the more noticeable it became until whole acres were swathed in plastic. As we got closer we could discern that they were in fact humongous plastic green houses. We were later told that they are for growing tomatoes. Any piece of reasonably flat land not built on or a...

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Jan 23, 2014 - Skiing Sierra Nevada

Internet at Camping Reina Isabel has not been working so I was unable to update our journal. We had a couple more days of rain earlier in the week, but we caught the bus into town again on Monday. We saw the beautiful Basilica de Nuestra Senora de las Angustias and walked across the city to the Bus Station to check out the parking for Homer, intending to take the bus up to Pradollano to go skiing. And we walked past Camping Sierra Nevada which we’d looked up on the internet where it was listed as closed – and it was open! Although it is €30...

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