The story of our adventure in Spain

In October 2002 we purchased a holiday flat in Guardamar on Spain's Costa Blanca - not far from Alicante and Torrevieja and we try to spend a good part of the year in Spain.

This blog hopefully will contain our thoughts and impressions of Spain - the good and the bad and lots and lots of photographs of not only Guardamar but the rest of Spain as we eventually get to explore it.


Monday, 30 March 2009

Guardamar - More beach !

More of the beach in Guardamar .

Again using the SOLARIZE setting on the camera.

Mas de la playa en Guardamar.

Otra vez usando adjuste del " SOLARIZE " de la cámera.


Sunday, 29 March 2009

Road works at La Mata

The road from Guardamar to Torrevieja - N332 - is being improved . 

Part of the road should be open by Easter.

Seen here at La Mata.

Hay muchas obras y construcciónes de carretera - N332 - aqui a La Mata.

Terminarán la Semana Santa - con suerte.


Saturday, 28 March 2009

Sea View !

Sea view !

Playa Levante, Benidorm

¡ Vista del mar !

Playa Levante, Benidorm.


Friday, 27 March 2009

A picture ???

Do you want to buy a picture ?

Benidorm is the place to buy one - at the Plaza del Castell.

¿ Compres un cuadro ?

Merece la pena intentarlo aqui en Benidorm a Plaza del Castell.


Thursday, 26 March 2009

La catedral

Seen from the Royal Palace of Madrid is the Catedral Sta. Maria la Real Almudena.

La vista de la Catedral Sta. Maria la Real Almudena del Palacio Real de Madrid.


Wednesday, 25 March 2009


High in a corner of the ceiling, of the cathedral in Madrid, you'll find this angel.

Very pretty !

Hay un ángel en la catedral, muy alta en un ricon del techo.

¡ Muy bonito !


Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Excepto Arzobispado

Arzobispado means archbishopric.

Unusual road sign here in Madrid.

¡ Solo arzobispos !

Señal de tráfico poco corriente - en Madrid.


Monday, 23 March 2009

Madrid - The Bar

A cosy little bar near to the Plaza Major - Madrid.

Nice food.

Un bar pequeno y íntimo cerca de Plaza Major, Madrid.

Comida buena.


Friday, 20 March 2009

PhotoHunt - Yellow

Madrid - Catedral Sta. Maria la Real Almudena

Yellow light from the stained glass window reflects on the wall of the cathedral.

La luz amarilla refleja del vidrio de color.


Thursday, 19 March 2009

Spanish Proverb

Amigo en la adversidad, es amigo de verdad ...

A friend in need is a friend indeed.


Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Guardamar - El mar

The sea and the beach at Guardamar - using the SOLARIZE setting on the camera.


El mar y la playa a Guardamar - usando ajuste del SOLARIZE de la cámera.

¡ Distinto !


Monday, 16 March 2009

Guardamar - Comino forestal

The road through the pine forest in Guardamar .

Seen here using the NEGATIVE ART setting on the camera.


El comino forestal en Guardamar.

Aqui usando el adjuste el ARTE NEGATIVO de la cámera.

¡ Extraño !


Sunday, 15 March 2009

Spanish Proverb

Más vale tarde que nunca ......

.... Better late than never.


Saturday, 14 March 2009

La Mata - Nuestra Cerveza

Our beer is different in La Mata ....

Only perhaps if you are a rabbit !

Nuestra cerveza es diferente en La Mata.

¡ Quizá si sea un conejo !


Thursday, 12 March 2009

Benidorm - Bus Station

The new bus station at Benidorm - very modern and complete with shops and supermarkets.

Here you can get buses to Bulgaria, Rumania and Poland !

La estación de autobuses nueva - muy moderna con tiendas y supermercado.

¡ Aquí hay autobuses a Bulgaria, Romania y Polonia !


Wednesday, 11 March 2009

I love Benidorm

Some people love it -others loathe it - BENIDORM.

Certainly noisy,busy and vibrant.

50 minutes by bus (ALSA) from Alicante - cost Euro 3.95 single ..

Me encanta Benidorm.

La gente quiere mucho o la gente no le gusta nada -BENIDORM.

Ruidoso, alegre y concurrido.

50 minutos de Alicante en autobús (ALSA) - el precio Euro 3.95 ida.


Monday, 9 March 2009

Madrid - Cows 2

More cows !!!  What would Lorca think?  

There is the statue of Frederico Garcia Lorca ( 1898-1936) the famous poet - standing alone in the square.

¡ Más vacas !

Allí está la estatua de Frederico Garcia Lorca , el poeta celebre. El está solo en la plaza.


Madrid - Cows 1

Madrid has gone mad -cows everywhere .. even here in the Plaza de Santa Ana.

All part of an art exhibition !!

Many more " cow pictures " to follow soon .

En todos partes de Madrid hay vacas ....

Más fotografías siguen.


Madrid - Hostal Persal

Basic but very good hotel accommodation right in the centre of Madrid - Plaza del Angel - and within easy walking distance of the Plaza Major - we really enjoyed our stay here in February ..

El hostal Persal es sencillo pero cómodo. Está en el centro de Madrid y no lejos de la Plaza Major. Nos gusta mucho la vista a Madrid.


Friday, 6 March 2009


Well we have just returned from another extended trip to Spain and can report that the seaside resorts of the Costa Blanca are still very quiet - not much economic activity during the current CRISIS ..

This time we enjoyed our first internal Spanish flight from Alicante to Madrid using Ryan Air and a very comfortable trip it was - just under one hour journey time.

Madrid centre is still busy with lots of people thronging the shopping centres and theatres late until the night though there are a lot of people living rough on the streets and sleeping in the metro stations ( perhaps this was a common sight even before the current economic crisis I do not know ! )

If you ever have a few days to spare while in Spain I would recommend a visit to Madrid - so much to see and do ..


Thursday, 5 March 2009

Spanish Proverb

Algo es algo, peor es nada

Better something than nothing


Sunday, 1 March 2009

Torrevieja - Jetty

This bronze lady is waving good-bye to the fishing boats as they leave the harbour at Torrevieja.

She can be found on the wooden jetty that now dominates the harbour.  A popular place with walkers and joggers.