Chipiona & Sanlucar De Barrameda

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Rock Oysters almost ready for the table
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The mouth of the Rio Guadelquivir on its way into Seville
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Another workhorse from the UK
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It was cold once the sun went down and the North wind kicked in, so we ordered Paella
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Beach transport, three mules and a friendly spaniard
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Cycle time, dedicated paths right across this area stretching for over 17km
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Man and machine come together
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“Chippy”
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A dangerous beach when the tide is in but you can retreat to the many little cafes
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Coffee, Brandy and sticky thing, cycling rewards!
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Spanish civil war bunker, protecting the way to Seville I think, or the rock Oysters ?
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The Paella’s arrived
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Chippy lighthouse again, ‘‘tis impressive though
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Carnival weekend brings out the hustle n bustle well into the night
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Tapas time again
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A shop full of masks, no idea of the going rate though ?
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Famous for its coralles, stone walls in a big loop, fish come in with the tide and are then trapped as it retreats, hundreds of years old but effective.
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Almerimar, Gibraltar and El Puerto de Santa Maria

Late into Almerimar we bedded down in the golf car park before moving onto the harbour front the next morning, this is the place where every drink = tapa, we found the best in the Buccaneer, right price best tasty tapa, bargain. After a few days, rain was forecast, so we moved onto Gibraltar, then moved off from there as it was strong winds this time, so El Peurto de Santa Maria it was with a ferry trip into Cadiz.

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Almerimar and the harbour aire
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Boats n vans
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Sea wall for a table
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Woke up to snow on the hills of Andalusia
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The Buccaneer, worth the visit alone
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The harbour at night
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A quick walk over the runway from Espana to UK (Gibraltar actually)
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Show the passport and all things are duty and VAT free
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You wouldn’t think it on the beer prices though…
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…but fuel prices bring people in from all over the place
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Santa Maria bull ring, just as interesting as Cadiz so stay a while and take it all in
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A bodega near the bullring for tapas was a good stop

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Off to Cadiz on the catamaran
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A rubber tree probably planted when Lord Nelson roamed the harbour walls
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It wasn’t just a World Cup year you know !,
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Found this quirky boozer before the ferry back so tried a few, bargain,

Slowly Westwards

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Lemon groves of Murcia
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Rural churches dotted along the river
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Rest time
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Cycling into town
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You need to watch out for hazards along the way, this one was over a meter long !
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La Azohia sunset
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Beautiful set among the plastic
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So best have a cerveza or two then !
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The old look out fort seen from even higher up the mountain
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Loads of steps up and down keeps her fit and on her toes
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Views from the fort to the car par…..campsite !
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Spiral staicases to the top with a brill view
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Then off on a trek high into the hills that ended with a bit of rock climbing
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All that from our campsite next to Leon’s pizza place !
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Aguilas
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Birthday “menu de Dias” with a view of both Aguilas playas

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Bikes off again and a ride into Andalusia from Mucia as we are on an aire right on the border.

Jalon, Santa Pola and Torrevieja

We left the comfort of the campsite for a small aire (car park actually) for the pricey sum of €3/night and very good it turned out, in the centre of Jalon, bringing in the New Year with hill walking Hudson style. We parted company after a few days and headed of to Santa Pola then Torrevieja to meet up with Derrick and Rhian at their bar the “C Breeze”, Guinness and good food made for a great night catching up with old friends.

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Jalon aire.
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Corralled with the Hudson bus.
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It’s a great place for valley walking to the different villages for the menu of the day.
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Very quaint….
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….small villages.
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I know I’ve done street art before but this one has me puzzled ?
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Out of the villages and pubs and into the vast grape growing steps of the hills.
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I caught this Mantis off to church I think !
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Hard to believe it’s January
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Santa Pola bike ride, she’s a trusting sort !
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Salt protection
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And they have some.
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It’s all guess work really.
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So Jesus was born under a boat not a barn ?
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The 3 kings follow the star and bring presents on the 6th January so that’s the day the Spanish kids look forward to most.
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Then the party kicks off.
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Torrevieja for a bit of retail therapy !
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Coastal walks….
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….and a cycle ride into San Miguel (the village not the brewery)

 

Altea

As we settled into Cap Blanch campsite which happened to be 90% Dutch our friends the Hudson’s lay-in-wait for naive campers venturing into Benidorm (“beni” to the locals) unaware of the dangers ahead ! So with Christmas fast approaching and the arrival of Shaun almost imminent we set off for a recce.

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Early morning, which started with a coffee and a Brandy and ended up 15 hours later in a karaoke bar someplace in “beni” wrecked !
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It all started fairly innocuous
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All very civilised….
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…tapas, Cava, beer and selfies along the prom…

Having recovered from our over indulgence in ‘Beni’ it was time to meet up with Shaun.

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We find Shaun some digs high on a hill, far far away.
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His own church….
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…sea views…..
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Altea from above
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Sun cream and coffee
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Beers alround then…
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From here the cliff top walk was only fit for goats…
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You only fall once ! and it was a very windy morning.

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She’s hanging on for fear of being left behind

 

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To cap it off it’s only €1.50 on the bus.
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It wasn’t all mountain paths we did the local villages and cafes
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The lighthouse family, of partridge!

 

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That’s that then, both Shaun and santa have been and gone so next stop 2018 !

South bound

Overnight on the promenade at Dover for an early crossing and a mad dash South, three overnight aires got us to the Med, Guisson to be exact one of our favourites. First stop just South of Reims, Mailly-le-camp then just South of Lyon in a little courtyard very close to the church bells! in a place called Seyssuel, finally onto the Med at Gruisson on the coast near Narbonne. Still cold but we have left the fog behind us. Plan now is to head West into Spain and hopefully a bit of sunshine and get a site for Xmas and a planned visit from Shaun.

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It was P&O actually
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Foggy, cold drive south.
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Starts to warm a little.
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Vineyard stop, just us and some Belgium campers.
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Views out the back…..

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…and front of house.
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Ah Gruisson at last.

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In Spain now on the Rio Ebre, Deltebre

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Cycle paths everywhere.

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The Down under tour.

I thought I would share a few pics sent from Rebecca (daughter) and Matt (Queenslander) doing their thing aboard their yacht “Briony Rose” around the west coast of Australia, starting from Freemantle they are now hunkered down, berthed up in Darwin working the cyclone period.

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Just remember as you look at these images that it’s taken in 40 degrees of heat, 80% humidity and everything wants to either poison you or eat you !!

The radiation warning comes from us Brits testing up in the Northern Territory in the 50’s, so I suppose, don’t eat the fish or the crabs !!