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.


Friday, 31 July 2009

Madrid - Plaza del Angel

Early morning and the bright sun reflecting off the white building - Plaza del Angel - Madrid


Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Guardamar - looking out to sea ...

Looking out to sea from the promenade at Guardamar ..

BLUE SKY - BLUE SEA ..........


Monday, 27 July 2009

Spanish Proverb

Quien quisiere vivir sano, coma poco y cene temprano ....

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.

Or ... - who wants to live healthy, eat little and dine early.


Saturday, 25 July 2009

Guardamar - Sunny day

Sunny day in Guardamar - want something to do ?

Take a gentle walk along the prom ....


Thursday, 23 July 2009

Guardamar - Swan ..

One of the inhabitants in the local park !

The water always seems to be a bit grey in the park ....


Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Guardamar - Sunset ..

Sunset view from our apartment .....

The building of the apartment block has spoilt the view but we have adapted to our changes surroundings.


Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Guardamar- El Siglo

Yet another photo of the bar El Siglo ...

I promise no more for a good while .......


Monday, 20 July 2009

Guardamar - Evening view ..

Early evening and looking out from our apartment towards the bright lights of the Repsol garage.

Another picture using the Solarize setting on the camera.


Saturday, 18 July 2009

Guardamar - Old haunts

Back to one of our favourite haunts in Guardamar ..

Solarize setting on the camera again.


Friday, 17 July 2009

Guardamar - Spring flowers

Yes summer has arrived in Spain but that is no excuse to show a picture of some spring flowers - just to brighten up the day.....

Photo taken at the South Park.


Thursday, 16 July 2009

Guardamar - South Park

More views from and of the South Park in Guardamar.

Above - looking out towards the sea . This area is awash with bright flowers in the spring.

In the background of this picture is Guardamar Hill with the cranes - this area is earmarked for quite a lot of new property but with the economic slump the construction activity here has come to a virtual standstill.


Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Guardamar - Stop !!

Stop - take a seat , look around and rest your legs especially if it is a hot day.

This central square is very popular with those needing a rest ....


Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Guardamar - Calle Mayor

Looking down the Calle Mayor again from the shadows of the pavement - this time away from the town centre.

The building with the blue walls has only recently been renovated - these building soon need a overhaul - it must be hard work getting all the residents to agree to pay for the improvements.


Monday, 13 July 2009

Guardamar - Calle Mayor

Early morning in Guardamar - another hot day to follow but the pavement is still in cool shadow.

Calle Mayor looking towards the centre of the town.


Sunday, 12 July 2009

Guardamar - Calle Madrid

The top of our street in Guardamar - looking down Calle Madrid.

The blue and white pedestrian crossing can be lethal to wobbly legs when it has rained - very very slippery !!! Like ice !!!


Saturday, 11 July 2009

Real Madrid - More spending !!!

Yet another big spend on the transfer market by Real Madrid.

In a £35m deal French international the 21 year old Karim Benzema has moved from Lyon to Madrid .

He is reported to have rejected offers from Barcelona, Manchester United and Inter Milan.

Let's hope he is worth the cash .....


Friday, 10 July 2009

Spanish Proverb

No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy ....

Don't put of for tomorrow what you can do today .


Thursday, 9 July 2009

Murcia - Teatro Romea

Plaza Julián Romera in Murcia and here we have the Teatro Romea.

An outside concert has taken place and it's now time to pack up and go home .

For more details and pictures of the theatre just google " Teatro Romea "


Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Guardamar - South Park

Another view from the South Park in Guardamar - this time looking out towards the sea.

Another picture with Solarize setting .


Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Guardamar - South Park

The view from the South Park looking into the centre of Guardamar.

Until a recently sand dunes with a few trees solely used by dog walkers - this area has been improved with walkways, lighting , benches and flower beds. A good example of what can be done on a limited budget to improve the area.


Monday, 6 July 2009

Guardamar - Parque Reina Sofia

Back to Guardamar for some more pictures

Guardamar's own little park - situated in the centre of the town - a shaded area with trees and water features and Arab garden .

Very pleasant.


Sunday, 5 July 2009

Murcia - Cuartel de Artilleria

Yet another picture of Murcia's Cuartel de Artilleria - this will be the last one for a while !!

This view taken from near the river ..


Saturday, 4 July 2009

Murcia - Cuartel de Artilleria

Well it looks like a water tower to me but I'm not sure what it is - at the Cuartel de Artilleria in Murcia.

This is the problem when you visit somewhere without a decent guidebook - it's not always possible to put a name to something you have photographed.

Very ornate anyway ....


Thursday, 2 July 2009

Murcia - Cuartel de Artilleria

I'm not sure what these are for - ornate little structures at the Cuartel de Artilleria in Murcia.

I think that the intention is that they are illuminated at night.