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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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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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Apr 28, 2018 - Cartagena Spain

History: Murcia is a charming city that the Moors founded in 825 and introduced a vast irrigation network for crops and city use. The Moors were expelled by Ferdinand III of Castile in 1253. Murcia remained a vassal kingdom until 1812 and became an autonomous region of Spain in 1982. Such a quaint, clean and beautiful city, loved everything about it.

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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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Dec 2, 2016 - Drive through the Sierra de la Almenara and Cabo Cope

After a day of rain, the sun came out again on the Friday so we decided to take a drive through the Sierra de la Almenara. We found a small narrow twisty road which took us high into the mountains with great views. We were not sure where we end up. We eventually made our way back to the coast and found Cabo Cope.

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Nov 28, 2016 - A walk around the valley

It was a glorious day so we decided we all need a walk so we took the advice of the campground owner and enjoyed a walk around the valley in which the campground was located. It was definitely a different walk with views of the local agriculture taking place in the valley.

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Nov 27, 2016 - Our winter adventures really now begin

Up to now we had been covering areas we had visited before last winter. Today we moved south to just north of Aguilas. It wasn’t a long journey. The Quinta Bella campground was located in a wide green valley which is one of the driest area in Spain. However, by the state of the road to the campground it was hard to believe as there was soil run off on the road. We discovered that the night before they had a horrendous rain storm – the first rain they had had for some time. We passed miles upon miles of polytunnels used to grow tomatoes,...

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Nov 21, 2016 - Meeting up with Tina and David

We had moved south again on Saturday to the large Majal campground just south of Alicante. That was a 230 mile move but the journey went well without any issues. We had arranged to meet up with Tony’s cousin David and his wife Tina on the Monday at Mazarron. We had a walk along the front before returning to their house for an excellent lunch provided by Tina. We were joined by Michael and Margaret Tony’s and David’s second cousin who we had never met. It was good to catch up on the news and family history. An excellent day.

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Oct 22, 2016 - Costa Azanar

We are up early. We go down to 'desayuno' just before 8.30a. We are shown into a closed dark restaurant. We say "Cerrado." The manager agrees but offers juice, toast and coffee. Sounds great. She prepares all. The 'toast' is a toasted hoagie bun. But makes a great breakfast. After we pack up and check out. We head east along A7 towards Barcelona. It is cloudy and threatening rain again. We travel along the coast to Alacant and then head inland on C31. What a beautiful drive! The sky lightens, clouds are higher. We can see the tops of the...

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Oct 20, 2016 - Costa del Sol #2

We decided to take AP7 as we have to be in Barcelona by Sunday. It looks like it is a long way and today is Thursday. We go east back through tunnels and around mountains past Motril high above the sea. Just east of Motril we defy the GPS and head off into 'no roads' as we follow A7. We follow the coast and occasionally drive on a road for quite a few miles. We even go through tunnels. The GPS is strangely quiet. We are to Adra before we travel on the GPS's road again. Here the land is dry and mountainous. Greenhouses are everywhere. Some...

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Feb 22, 2016 - BOOT CAMP

Yes dear reader, the last two weeks has been a bit like boot camp. We have done lots of cycling, swimming, walking in the mountains and even some tennis. So you would be forgiven for thinking we have probably lost loads of weight, but no, I’m afraid not. Reason being is despite the exercise, we have also been eating and drinking well. So we managed to get into campsite Los Madrilles, we had a choice of 3 spaces and chose the one with a sea view. This is the campsite with the warm sea water swimming pool. Lovely to get in but if its a bit...

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