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Oct 2, 2019 - Leaving the house in Calpe

Our time in Calpe came to an end. We had the house for the month of September but on the 30th Ann and Dale took a bus to Alicante to catch a flight for Barcelona and flew out the next day for home. Jan, Rick, Lorraine and I took a bus to Valencia then a train to Barcelona where we've rented an apartment for a few days. Even though the house in Calpe wasn't perfect, it was hard to leave. At this time in my life, I don't enjoy traveling around as much as I used to. I like spending time primarily in one place. I haven't been in Spain for 50...

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Sep 27, 2019 - Around the house

While Barb Golay has left for Barcelona, the rest of us are still in Calpe. We aren't doing too much sightseeing. We have made a few excursions but our days are pretty relaxed. We get up and have coffee or tea. Then at 9 someone goes across the street to buy bread and croissants. Typically we hang out at the house with maybe a trip to the Mercadona (supermarket), the bank or a little shopping by those who enjoy it. We swim everyday in our pool which I surprisingly like better than the sea. I like jumping waves but the wave action here isn't...

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Sep 24, 2019 - Moriara

Several of us took a day trip to Moraira up the coast. It was quite charming and we got to check out many sailing and fishing boats at the marina. Also in pride of place was a bright blue cigarette boat the 4 400 JP outboard motors. Name: El Toro de Lamborghini... some serious compensation thing going on there if you ask me... Tomorrow I leave Calpe and my wonderful friends here. I head to Barcelona for some last minute sightseeing. I am very much looking forward to seeing some of the architecture by Gaudily, but will miss the sunny days...

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Sep 23, 2019 - Granada to Barcelona, a late entry

Misc Musings I left Barb and Lorraine in Granada flying to Barcelona to meet up with Dale and Anne. Barcelona is one of my new favorite cities. I stayed in the Barri Goti District part of the old city a block off the Ramblas. The Ramblas is a boulevard running from the water to the Playa de Catalunya. A very wide area that has cafes, vendors and performers lining the street, a perfect place to sit sipping wine and people watching. The old city is densely built with narrow streets. Walking you find a square with table and chairs set up for...

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Sep 22, 2019 - Barcelona

Ann, Barb and I met up in Barcelona on September 14th. We walked around the Gothic area the first evening and had dinner in Las Ramblas at what we thought was the recommended place. Unfortunately we ened up in the wrong restaurant which we didn't care for. The following day we took the hop on/hop off bus around the city. It was great to get a feel for the city and hear about the sights and history. We navigated the subways and bus without any help from me. That evening we had a fabulous dinner near the waterfront which consisted of seafood...

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Sep 21, 2019 - and then there were 8....

Today we are 8, down from 10 in the house. No, there has been no murder or mayhem, just David and Hazel heading off for their Viking cruise. Today we walked into town for the Saturday market. There are actually two markets, one with food items and one with "everything else" I opted for the latter, and there truly was a rather haphazard mish mash of things from underwear and rather sturdy looking lingerie, shoes, hearing aid batteries, to bed linens, clothing, kitchen supplies, etc. Of course, I did manage to find a few things to buy, and...

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Sep 19, 2019 - All together

The last few days have been full of quiet adventure. Monday we spent a day at home doing laundry and regrouping. We had a wonderful dinner at Pompierke(fireman). The Flemish food was delicious and nicely served by the owner who explained this flavorful cuisine...very rich and heavy with cream sauces. Yummy but bad for the waistline. We needed exercise! On Tuesday we left Calpe early in the morning for a bus tour to Guadalest. Guadalest is a lovely hill town above Benidorm. We walked the cobbled streets and admired the views of the 14th...

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Sep 17, 2019 - Final day in Cordova

Cordova has been lovely. Weather, history, the Mezquita, the bridge and a wonderful museum, just wandering the streets and doing a bit of shopping. The Mezquita is mighty impressive....125 pictures-worth (and that’s after deleting many). The many many arches with their red and white design and the columns make an ever-changing design and I thought I needed a picture every time I looked up. The ceilings and small chapels and the ledger stones were fascinating — lots of skull and crossbones on them (ledger stones are like a grave stone set in...

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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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