Gibraltar

First visit to the Rock for us, pre-Christmas duty free shopping loaded us up with everything British. Have promised to return to see the apes when the festive throng has gone.

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The Rock from the Spanish side
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Another harbour stop, short walk and a flash of the passports finds us in mini GB !!
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Gib lighthouse guarding the entrance to the Med with North Africa in the distance

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“anyone for blackjack”

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They brought his body back in a barrel of brandy after the battle before shipping him off to blighty for a heroes reception
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I said it was GB 🇬🇧
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Torrox el pino

Trying to stay one step ahead of the rain we move ever Westward, this time on to Torrox el pino, very hilly with trees ready to ambush the unsuspecting campervan driver. Close to Nerja so a few days walking and the Fiesta de Mijas in Torrox village proved a good day out.

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Van hidden in the trees
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A walk up to the village fiesta requires a rest stop
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The mountains emptied for the fiesta celebrations

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It’s not paella but a cous-cous with a fruit marinade
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They feed everyone for free

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The workhorse
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It’s not snow ! Paint and rock

Cartagena

Firstly apologies to Mr Hudson for the inadvertent use of his pictures in the Guardamar del Segura section (pics 4 & 5), this is a public unreserved apology in order to keep the copyright police from the van door!   In my defence it’s modern technology getting the better of me, that’s not hard though.

So, Cartagena, to start with its a major historical port full of bars with tapas, think I’ve got the hang of this Spanish life!

The campsite was a short bus ride out of town with all the services for 10 Euros/night.

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The museums will keep you busy for as long as you want.
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The port can easily accommodate the cruise ships
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They don’t paint these things white !

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Those Romans got everywhere

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Our campsite play area.

Altea

After a weekend stop in Javea with the Saturday night being a bit raucous with the local teenagers we moved on to Altea which is a beautiful bay with all the mod cons and restaurants to tempt you to stay the winter, the campsite proved that lots were doing exactly that.

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Javea drinks on the prom we first visited 20 odd year ago !
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Looking up the river from Altea

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All paths led up to the church !
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and up !!
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and up !!!
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Then the view opened out.
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So she had a beer 🍻
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Found a beautiful Argentinian restaurant

Valencia

Valencia camping is out of town and a bit wild ! But very close to the tram stop into Valencia for less than 3 Euros return. The city proved to be a good stop for a days sightseeing and tapas, as night fell it became very Christmassy!

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The new……….

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Ian Dury ?

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……and the old.

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Beer time
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Said it was Christmassy!
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Right Chris hop on, back to the campsite.