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May 2, 2014 - Alicante

Alicante was a pleasant surprise with a wide clean beach open to the public, lovely clean streets, many historical buildings and sunshine. First we walked along the promenade to the tunnel that leads through the middle of the hill to the elevator to go up to the castle of Santa Barbara. Sitting high atop the city on Mount Benacantil the castle dates back to the 9th century during the period of Muslim control. There were great views up there of the town and the coastline. We made our way back down and strolled through the delightful narrow...

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AsiaEuropeCruise

Oct 31, 2013 - Alicante, Spain

We took a walking cruise tour and the description is: "Leaving the port area of Alicante, your tour begins at the Castle of Santa Barbara, an old fortress built during the 16th Century. Inside the Castle, you will admire Iberian archeological findings which demonstrate that people lived there even before the arrival of the Romans. Continue your visit to the most well preserved areas such as the Main Tower (Torre del Homenaje) and the Englishmen's bastions. After the visit to the Castle, buses will drive you down the Explanada de Espana....

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May 5, 2013 - Alicante, Spain

5/5 Our next stop was Alicante, Spain. Luckily we were docked right by town so it was a short walk to check-out the place. On a hill overlooking the town was the castle Santa Barbara which Joan started painting while we were in town. We also walked some of the streets and visited a local craft fair.

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Sep 30, 2012 - Togo, Lome. The First leg of the Journey

Hello, We landed on Togo last night, and the current had pushed us so close to land that I thought we’d have to jump overboard. I’m wind battered and worn to my core. We wake up at before dawn each day, if we sleep at all, which is rare since what happened on the second day. When we set off the sea was calm and all ready for us amateurs to master. We fell asleep easily and the next day we woke up to be right on coarse. But the next night was nearly unbearable. The wind shook the wood of the boat and tore like teeth at the sails. The...

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Sep 23, 2012 - Boarding the Boat

Hello, Today my crew and I are setting out for Lome, Togo. This country rests between Benin and Ghana. I chose the city because it’s light on the water. I just want to get in and out like that and reboot. We counted all the cargo for the planned-month trip completely around Africa. We just took all our cargo into account and the amounts are tremendous. We have 320 jugs of water (40 for us), 320 loaves of bread (40 for us), 30 jars of peanut butter and jelly each (for just us), we have meat and more meat. We have probably around 560 pounds...

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Sep 2, 2012 - Orientation Weekend

Hola Amigos! :) So this will be the start to my blog over the next three months covering my amazing adventure in Spain! I safely arrived in Alicante around 1 pm on Friday! The flight seemed like it took what was forever but I made it. Thirteen other students from around the United States are also doing the same program as I, so I was able to meet all of them. They are all so incredible! It's been very great having them to go through this expierence with together as it has been rather difficult to adjust. We have now had three days of...

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Alicante, Spain 2012

Jul 1, 2011 - Some Observations...

For my journal today, we woke up at 10, got ready really quick, at breakfast at 10 30 and then had to meet up with our group at 10 45. The group had a company meeting today and also had a talk with the alicante police, we could ask any questions and they provided us with a ton of useful information. they also said for men to never start a spanish man in the eye bc they take that as a threat and will try to fight you, and they said for american women also not to look spanish men in the eye bc then they think that you want them (sexually) or...

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Oct 25, 2010 - Alicante

We decide to change our itinerary and bypass Valencia and spend an extra day in Barcelona. As well, we will try and stay about thirty minutes away from Barcelona and take the train instead of fighting Spanish traffic. So we say goodbye to enchanting Nerja and head to Alicante for the night. As the coastal road is not a freeway, our GPS routes us inland and we find ourselves in an incredible mountain range. It’s so unexpected passing through huge valley’s with high mountains on either side of us. It really is quite beautiful: the ruggedness,...

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Jun 19, 2010 - A Slight Glitch in our travel journal

This may be one of the last posts in our travel journal. Herb's Dell laptop may finally (after 5 years) have given up the ghost! Judy has not yet accepted responsibility for taking control of the updating of the journal, but she is under great pressure to do so. On Wednesday, we traveled to Guadalest to visit the Eagles Nest. We would send pictures but they are on the Dell which will no longer boot up Sam & Herb played Campoamor Golf Course on Thursday and other than the sand traps (very strange) they had a wonderful time. Friday was beach...

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Oct 9, 2009 - To Our Spanish Home

We were up early for our 625km run from Lloret de Mar, bound for El Campello, near Alicante. We spent the first little bit on the Autovia, then got off and rode the secondary roads near the coast. We love Spain already. Hot, dry, and beautiful. We did want to get off the road by early afternoon due to the heat. We found a great little backpackers in El Campello, and armed with our new Spanish dictionary, prepared to check-in. We didn’t get too far. The guy didn’t know a word in English, and it turns out that my rusty Spanish was in fact...

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Sep 30, 2009 - Alicante

Leisurely morning and disembarked after lunch. We walked to the tunnel that digs deep into Monte Benacantil. One rather long tunnel that led to an elevator that climbed through the bowels of the mountain - we quickly zoomed the 166 metres to the top. From the summit we could see the entire bay of Alicante and surrounding areas. We explored the Castle Santa Barbara - a fortress dating from the late 9th century, the time of Moorish rule. Back down in the elevator and a walk through Alicante's palm lined boulevards and squares. Back on board...

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Where is Shirley?

Aug 9, 2009 - Alicante, Spain

The least pretty city we've visited, and with little of historic interest except a massive fort, Alicante served its intended purpose - a place for us to park. There was laundry to be done, a web site to be updated, and the need to just sit by the pool and read. We did all that. The laundry was the biggest challenge as we were told at the tourist info centre that laundromats did not exist in Spain! A web search located one at the marina, so off we went on our quest. As one would expect, the marina facility was intended for people with boats...

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