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Nov 9, 2018 - Cartagena

We passed through Granada on the way to Almeria on the coast before heading north to Cartagena our next stopover. It was not one of our best moves as the landscape was again very hard and uninteresting. Cartagena was a nice town with a great harbour area with many fascinating boats in dock. A cruise liner was berthed so the place was bombarded with tourists some of which we met. The place had an interesting mix of narrow old lanes and wide pedestrian streets with many tourist traps operating at full steam. Somehow we got sucked in for a...

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Oct 19, 2018 - Cartagena

Carthage has been a city on the Spanish coast for almost 3,000 years. Initially it was named after a city in North Africa by a Phoenician general. A few generals later, the one named Hannibal left from here to conquer lands to the north, starting the journey with 90,000 troops and one hundred elephants. He was able to cross both the Pyrenees in France and the Alps in Switzerland with this enormous invasive force. The people who chose to remain in town became immensely wealthy as they worked the silver and tin mines in the area until the...

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South by Southeast

Apr 28, 2018 - Cartagena /Murcia Spain - Crops, Churches and Casino

First stop in Spain is Cartagena and Murcia. The port city, Cartagena is an agricultural center with its flat plains and mild weather. Murcia is 50 KM inland, up in the hills. The drive is 30 minutes through irrigated fields of artichokes, oranges and olives. The city of Murcia is lovely with plazas, fountains, narrow clean streets. Lots of shops with meat pies and fancy pastries. On the main street of most neighborhoods is a window display of a saint or Virgin Mary. Guide explains that in case you can’t make it to church, you can say a...

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May 3, 2017 - Cartagena

Today we took a walking tour in Cartagena. We stopped at a Roman theater where plays were performed. It has a stage and half an oval of seats seating 7,000 patrons of the arts. It differs from a Roman ampitheater, like the the Colloseum, which is a complete enclosed oval where spectator events occurred, such as gladiator matches. We also toured a fortress used to defend the city. The guide was lacking and departed little knowledge. All in all, not our favorite port. It was not as charming as Malaga was.

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May 29, 2015 - May 1st to 23rd

May 1st Friday, and really hot. Got ready to leave. Saturday, left and dawdled across to Balsica where we had lunch then arrived at Eugene and Dee's, sat on their balcony and caught up with "stuff". Roy kept going down to check on the dogs as it was so hot, must think of something, it's too hot for them. Luckily it wasn't long before it cooled down, but tmoro will be the same... Had a lovely Chinese meal in the evening. Sunday we decided to get the car out and we all went to Mar Menor, dogs are cool in the car, and we could take them with...

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Winter 2013

Apr 30, 2015 - Mid/end April

We are still on the same Aire near Cartagena Friday 24th. We went to La Manga; Roy tells me it's one of only two very long, thin peninsulas in the northern hemisphere. We drove the whole length and back (obviously)! Very weird seeing beaches and sea both sides for miles (about 12). Stopped for a drink in a roadside cafe, dogs very well behaved, think they're getting used to it. Then drove to the north of Mar Menor, saw 2 camp sites, both large, one dreadful, indescribably scruffy. The other very nice if you are gregarious. Not for us. Went...

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Winter 2013

Apr 12, 2015 - April

April Easter, and the site is jam packed full of Spanish families, weather ok, not as good as this time last year, but the pool was open and everyone had a good time. The same family camped next door to us, this year we managed to "chat" a few times, and we got lots of hugs and kisses when they left, exchanging gifts of a local wine and Scottish shortbread. We intended leaving around the 6th, but happy campers still here and we couldn't get out, so just waited a few days.....in the cold... Weather after Easter turned bad again and we...

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Winter 2013

Nov 21, 2013 - Week 4

Monday 18th Blue's paws still bothering him. Washed, but couldn't get it dry as it rained and was cold and windy all day. Colder here than Scotland today! 8 degC only. Roy put gas heating on to get us warm, the site's electric not good enough to put up high. Tuesday 19th Walked into town with the dogs as it was cool again, went to see the Gothic church with its purple-y-blue roof, and just strolled around the centre, which is like a ghost town, not more than a handful of people, hardly any shops open. Good walk for us all, dogs shattered...

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Winter 2013

Aug 26, 2013 - Spain, Cartagena

Hey hey, this is my last port before I head back to Southampton :(, I now have 3 sea days ahead then turnaround day, then 2 sea days before my next adventure :) I'm in Cartagena Spain, the wether is cloudy but it's hot! Ship life is easy long hours but nothing I didn't expect! Trying to get a tan but the weather is letting me down! It's hard to upload photos so try and get onto my Facebook to get the updates! Please message me through this if you want to chat! Miss you all x

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Nov 30, 2012 - Cartagena

The next day we were in Cartgena, Spain, and again we struck out on our own (without Rick Steves this time!)It has the beautiful architecture that we also noted in Barcelona and is a delight to walk around. It is a quaint little Medieval city, complete with a fair. It also has excavated ruins from Roman times. These ruins were only discovered a few years ago, so they are in the middle of the city, and you have to walk around or under modern buildings to get to the various parts that have been excavated! We also walked to a medieval castle...

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Oct 23, 2012 - Entry 13

10-23-12 Gibraltar, Great Britain note: the blog does not recognize Gibraltar as a city, therefore it still lists as in Spain Unfortunately, I was unable to se the monkeys here, but I did go provisioning. It was insane and took five hours at a local supermarket. We put an order in for 120 chicken breasts and the people behind the meat department looked at us like we were stupid. Britt is in charge of all of the food, so it was really cool see what she does and how she plans everything. We bought about 150 packs of flour, which we will use...

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The Experience

Oct 17, 2012 - Entry 12

10/17 Cartagena, Spain The sail here was rough. It was the choppiest the waves have been yet on the trip. I’ve yet to be sick, but came close to it on this voyage, especially because I was head chef two days ago, and trying to keep the galley 40-40 while cooking and trying not to be ill was hard. I, along with my sous chefs had to set up a grid on the stovetop to keep the pots from sliding. Hot water still managed to slosh out though. We had cutting boards slide, and pretty much anything else we were cooking. The galley looked like a war...

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