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.


Saturday, 30 May 2009

Alicante - Irish pub.

Irish pub on the Paseo de la Explanada de España.

Pub irlandés en Alicante.


Friday, 29 May 2009

Murcia - time for repair ?

This ugly building looks in need of repair  - you'll find it on the banks of the River Segura in the centre of Murcia.

¡ Dilapidado !

Necesita la reparación ......  aqui en Murcia.


Thursday, 28 May 2009

Murcia - Footbridge

The footbridge over the River Segura right in the heart of Murcia.

A busy little place .. lots of pedestrians !!!

Pasarela Manterola en el centro de Murcia.


Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Murcia - Old ruins

Old ruins down by the River Segura - Murcia

Perhaps medieval ?

Ruina antigua  al lado de rio Segura en Murcia.


Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Alicante - Ayuntamiento

Alicante town hall with the castle of Saint Barbara in the distance 

Ayuntamiento Alicante y el castillo de Santa Barbara.


Monday, 25 May 2009

Guardamar - Plaza Jaime II 2

Plaza Jaime II is named after King Jaime ( The Just ) King of Sicily, King of Aragon and Valencia and Count of Barcelona.

He lived from 1267 to 1327.


Sunday, 24 May 2009

Guardamar - Stop !

Empty tables - STOP - sit down and help the local economy ..

I must admit this was an early Sunday morning ..


Saturday, 23 May 2009

Guardamar - A favourite ..

La Roqueta - bar and restaurant in Guardamar opposite the South Park.

A favourite watering hole on a Sunday morning when we are strolling around the deserted streets.


Friday, 22 May 2009

Murcia - River Segura

You'll find the River Segura flowing through the centre of Murcia - this same river flows out to the sea at Guardamar.

A quiet green area in the city centre..


Thursday, 21 May 2009

Murcia - Shelter ???

This modern looking thing I think is a shelter from the sun !!

You'll find seats on the other side ..

Certainly very bright and very unusual ..


Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Murcia - Graffiti

Graffiti is everywhere in Spain .. this example in the city of Murcia.

Here on the riverside .. near the city centre.


Guardamar - Plaza Jaime II 1

Guardamar - Plaza Jaime II 

Unusual statues 

This square can be found at the end of the Avenida del País Valenciano near to Calle de San Pedro.


Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Fútbol 5

Barcelona clinched their 19th Spanish League title on Saturday without having to kick a ball when their rivals Real Madrid failed to beat Villarreal.

On a winning streak  Barcelona also won the Copa del Rey last Wednesday by beating Athletic Bilbao  4 - 1 .

Manchester United meet Barcelona in the Champions League Final in Rome on the 27th May. This time we Mancunians hope that Barcelona lose !!


Alicante - Jardín

Jardín de la Plaza de Correos - Alicante

An oasis of calm in a noisy city ....

Un oasis de la calme en una ciudad ruidosa ..


Monday, 18 May 2009

Alicante - Pub

A nice bright pub sign - " somewhere " in the back streets of Alicante.

Muestra del pub en Alicante.

¡ Muy brillante !


Saturday, 16 May 2009

Return of the stranger 2

Another visit to Spain - this time for three weeks.

The Costa Blanca is quiet ... some new ventures are opening and others still closing - weather rather mixed for the time of the year.

It would seem us Brits are still going to Spain but for shorter periods - 7 days instead of 14 and spending a lot less .

Our " trip out " of our holiday took us to Murcia - so hopefully lots of photographs to follow plus the usual number of Guardamar and Alicante.


Thursday, 14 May 2009

Spanish Proverb

Con dinero baila el perro -

Money talks ..


Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Benidorm - keeping a lookout !

Should you want to see more of the sea then this telescope is available for a small fee ...


Monday, 11 May 2009

Madrid- Quiet street

A quiet little alley in the centre of Madrid - not far from the Plaza Major.

People hurry along - places to go and people to see...


Sunday, 10 May 2009

Madrid - Shopping

Time to do a little bit of shopping .. even late at night this area is crowded with shoppers - the stores remaining open to 9.30 or 10.00 !

So get your wallet or purse and enjoy !!!


Friday, 8 May 2009

Benidorm - Shopping streets..

Quiet here in January but hopefully come July and August these streets will be crowded with tourists just waiting to spend  their hard earned cash !

Lots of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes ...


Thursday, 7 May 2009

Spanish Proverb

Son muchas manos en un plato -

Too many cooks spoil the broth ..


Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Madrid - Look up !

A very colourful ceiling at the cathedral in Madrid ..

Very impressive ..


Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Madrid - Retiro Park

A time to take a walk around the lake in the Parque del Retiro.

Not many people about - still early !! Only 10 a.m. !!


Saturday, 2 May 2009

Spanish Proverb

Quien siembra vientos recoge tempestades -

You reap what you sow ..


Friday, 1 May 2009

Madrid - Cathedral

Ornate figures on a very ornate door at the Catedral Sta Maria la Real Almudena.

Do you recognise anyone ??

Perhaps a King and Queen and a Pope ???