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, 24 August 2009

Madrid - Plaza Mayor

Look at the fine paintings on the walls - impressive !

Here at the Plaza Mayor, Madrid ....

I'm away in Spain for a few weeks then hopefully lots more photographs to follow ...

Will schedule for a couple to be published in the next few days.


Friday, 21 August 2009

Spanish Proverb

Más vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando -

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush ....


Thursday, 20 August 2009

Madrid - Plaza Mayor

This bronze statue of Philip III stands in the Plaza Mayor, Madrid

It was constructed in 1616 by the Italian Giovanni de Bologna and his apprentice Pietro Tacca.


Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Murcia - Puerta del Huerto de las Bombas

What's this peeping through the trees in Murcia's Jardin Botánico ?

It dates from the XVII Century and is the Puerta del Huerto de las Bombas .


Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Murcia - River Segura

Another view of the River Segura ...

Murcia centre ..


Monday, 17 August 2009

Murcia - Catedral de Santa Maria

The tower of the cathedral dominates the skyline of Murcia - picture taken from the walkway near the River Segura.

I'm not sure what these " things " are - solar panels perhaps ??


Sunday, 16 August 2009

Murcia - Cuartel de Artilleria

Another hot sunny afternoon in Murcia .

Not many people about - far too hot ..


Saturday, 15 August 2009

Murcia - Plaza de Camachos

The sight of cold water on a hot afternoon can be rather cooling - especially after you've been walking around for rather a while ...

The " Fuente " can be found in the Plaza de Camachos here in Murcia ..


Friday, 14 August 2009

Murcia - Afternoon walk ..

An afternoon walk took us to the Jardin de Floridablanca with El Carmen in the background.

Passing by the Monumento al Sardinero ..

A strange looking fellow !!


Thursday, 13 August 2009

Madrid - Plaza Mayor

Early morning in Madrid's Plaza Mayor.

Right in the heart of Madrid ... to early in the morning for many tourists !!


Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Spanish Proverb

No por mucho madrugar amanece más temprano ....

For the early riser the dawn comes not the sooner.


Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Strike Ballot

August Bank Holiday weekend may see travellers from Manchester to Spain with severe travel disruption if they are thinking of taking the plane.

Baggage handlers, cleaners and aircraft re-fuellers are in dispute over pay and are being balloted over strike action for the holiday weekend.

300 workers are employed by Swissport, Rentokil Initial and ASIG and are members of the Unite Union .

The dispute centres over plans to impose a wages freeze.

Let's hope that the strike does not go ahead on one of the busiest weekends of the year.


Monday, 10 August 2009

Madrid -Plaza Major

Madrid - a small arched walkway leading to the Plaza Major .

Early morning - not many people out and and about ..


Saturday, 8 August 2009

Madrid - Early morning walker ..

Early morning walker outside the Hotel Persal in Madrid.

He must be cold - large coat - but it is January ..


Thursday, 6 August 2009

Madrid - Lorca

Early morning - Lorca standing guard in the Plaza de Santa de Santa Ana.


Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Madrid - Early morning light ..

Early morning in the Plaza de Santa Ana , Madrid.

The light catches on this very white building ..


Monday, 3 August 2009

Madrid - More cows

Good job these are plastic cows otherwise there would be some confusion in the square..

Picture taken earlier this year.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Madrid - Through the trees ..

Peep through the trees and what do you see ??

Another picture from Madrid ..