Westward ho…

Driving west again from Salamanca, the landscape was very flat and the roads stretched out before us. We had been warned by the rental car company to register the car at the border for tolls to avoid fines, and we also discovered we should fill up the petrol tank before driving into Portugal as it… Read More

High and White Villages in the Alpujarras

When we first decided on Spain, a friend recommended the book “Driving over Lemons” by Chris Stewart which introduced me to the Alpujarra region of Granada and it became a place I hoped we could visit on our travels. Leaving the heat of Granada, we were pleased to find ourselves climbing as we drove to… Read More

The Alhambra

This was a special place, so I have decided to devote this whole post to it. We had been forewarned that tickets should be prepurchased – even so, when I looked at availability, the earliest entry time for the Nasrid Palace was 2.30pm. At least we had tickets, we heard of people who expected it… Read More

Italian interlude

The Cinque Terre and Milan seemed so close to where we had been petsitting in the south of France, we thought, “why not?” and planned an extra few days in Italy before flying back to Spain for our next assignment. Vernazza in the Cinque Terre was our base 15 years ago (for our family trip)… Read More

The old and the new: Cartagena, Valencia and Zaragoza

Finding ourselves with six days to reach Barcelona for our flight to Nice, we planned a trip to take in various towns and sights on our “to see” list. First, we needed to drop our current rental car off in Alicante and pick up a one-way rental to Barcelona. We are finding that the major… Read More

Coastal wonders and cycling adventures

The middle of June onwards we spent in the Costa Blanca, enjoying the coastal sea breezes again, before road tripping north. Our Playa Vera sit, thankfully not at the “naturist” end of town, involved looking after a very old and spoilt dog and a hideaway cat while their owners took a break to family in… Read More