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Sep 16, 2019 - Back in Calpe

Rick woke me early Saturday morning to come see the lightening. Peggy, Rick and I sat on our veranda for 2 hours watching the constant chain lightening. It was really something and made me so happy we were back in Calpe and not on A7. For 2 days now we've stayed in town, doing laundry, catching up on reading and enjoying some relaxation. Red flags have been flying at the beach the past 2 days with incredibly rough surf. Today finally, the water is a beautiful blue green again and people are back in the water. We took a little tourista train...

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Sep 13, 2019 - A bad day is a good story

Just before we left for Spain someone put a meme on facebook that said, "A good day is a good day. A bad day is a good story. So it's all good." We have quoted that several times over the past couple of days. After we dropped the other group in Granada we returned to the freeway and stopped for lunch. Jan, who isn't known for her sense of direction was navigating using GPS for the first time. She did a great job. Everything was fine for about half of the way with just some occasional rain. All of a sudden, the traffic stopped. I mean really...

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Sep 8, 2019 - Heading off to the hills!

We've spent the last few days exploring the town. The sea walk is quite nice in a somewhat touristy way. Two beaches are on one side divided by a rocky shore with the requite hotels and shops on the other. There are people from all over but we have yet to hear another American. As we sit on our verandah we can see large ships, and boats of all sizes pass by at sea. Peggy Today was another 21000 step extravaganza, just walking around the town and seeing families playing in the (very minor Mediterranean) surf, strolling the promenade and...

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Sep 6, 2019 - A second other day in Calpe

This morning we woke up to clouds and eventually rain Spain has treated us to all kinds of weather--pouring down rain, hot hot sunshine, 80+ % humidity! Rick read that it averages 300 days of sunshine annually so we're honored it's shared such variety with us! Even with rain, we have daily pool time. I was able to check one of my Spain "boxes" the other night when we enjoyed paella at a really nice restaurant, La Vina de Calpe and last night Peggy prepared a WONDERFUL curry dinner...we are NOT going hungry. We also continue to enjoy our...

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Sep 5, 2019 - Another beautiful day in Calpe

What can I say? Waking up to sunshine and beautiful blue skies. Rick is our breakfast chef preparing a wonderful breakfast (and sharpening the horribly dull knife that we have).It's really humid here,varying throughout the day. When can't stand it any longer or come back from a walk to town it's into the pool to cool off. Today I will make my way down to the beach in front of our "villa" and test the Mediterranean. It's a treat to pop across the road and visit the German market ladies to buy provisions. They give us a taste of any cheeses,...

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Sep 2, 2019 - Home in Calpe

We arrived at our house in Calpe hot and tired and were at first disappointed because all the bedrooms are not fully air conditioned and I think we were expecting both the town and the house to be more like our house in Greece. However after we got into the SALT water pool our attitude began to soften and now we are quite fond of the house. It has a large living room, a good kitchen and two nice bathrooms. We are spending most of our time on our large veranda that has a view of the sea and a table that seats ten. The town is too big and...

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Sep 1, 2019 - Meeting Up

Yea! We are on the blog. Met up with Peggy, Barb and Lorraine 2 nights ago in Valencia. Traded stories of our adventures thus far. Rick and I left Seattle at 6:30am(thanks Nik 4am drive to SeaTac)Then spent 8 hours in Dallas. Finally after 28hrs without sleep, we arrived in Madrid. Lovely hotel near train station and wonderful, much needed beer and wine. Then bed. Caught the 11 o'clock train to Valencia. we spent two delightful days catching up on sleep and wandering Valencia's Old Town. Huge food market, much larger and cleaner than Pike...

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Sep 1, 2019 - Paris to Spain

Friday was a big day, big in that we saw a lot of Paris and some highlights that we did not want to miss and that we walked over 17K steps. Starting out early with coffee and fresh croissants from the boulangerie across the street (thank you Lorraine for fetching) Lorraine and I made our way to the metro and on to the Batobus to cruise down the Seine and reach the Eiffel Tower for which we had tickets at 11:30. It was lovely boating down the Seine passing landmarks and reaching the island that Notre Dame Cathedral where we could see the...

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Nov 5, 2018 - The City of Arts & Sciences

Beyond what could be deemed a park, nine kilometers of the former riverbed of the River Turia in Valencia has been turned in to an architectural masterpiece featuring science, culture and recreation facilities. The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum operates under the philosophy of "Not touching is prohibited." It is full of interactive exhibitions about science and technology. Which, while These fun activities and problem-solving challenges, while targeted to children, were a gas for grown-ups too. The Oceanogràfic is Europe's biggest...

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Nov 4, 2018 - The Fallas Festival - A City on Fire

One upon a time I fancied myself a papier mache artist. In fact, I still have some pre-made forms in my basement so I can build again when the creative mood strikes. I am thoroughly humbled by the amazing artists of Valencia’s annual Falles (torch) Festival. Their papier mache creations are larger than life, incredibly ornate and exquisitely painted. For five days each March Valencians party through the Fallas Festival with street dances, parades, fireworks and bonfires. It sounds crazy! These spring bonfire celebrations date back to pagan...

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Nov 3, 2018 - Valencia Marina Festival

Although I am an avid user of the Lonely Planet and other guidebooks I find them rather limited. So, I always search online for “This week in...” That is how I learned that the Valencia Boat Show was underway, so we set off to explore how the one per cent live. For just 3€ each we had fun browsing the trade show and ogling the beautiful vessels in the marina. It was soon clear that only serious sales prospects would be escorted on to the yachts that most interested us. As neither Duncan nor I felt confident we’d be successful at...

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Oct 20, 2018 - Valencia

Valencia seems to have a bit of an inferiority complex as it views the more famous Spanish cities around it getting more attention. This makes it a great place to live. Housing is somewhat cheaper and tourism is at the stage where it is appreciated, rather than overrunning the place. With 330 days of sunshine a year (today was not one of them) and a mild winter climate, I can imagine Northern Europeans enjoying a lengthy winter stay here. A Gran Prix race tracks runs through the city and the track includes the area we walked in the port...

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