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Arrival in Greece

3:30 comes pretty darn early in the morning, especially if you were out late eating pasta and drinking wine. But when the alarm went off, Kim and I were up like rockets. Today we are going to Greece! Our taxi arrived on time and we were off to the airport. Check in went pretty well until we had to check our bags.

Now let me explain we were flying Alitalia from Florence to Athens with a stopover in Roma. Kim, who is the world’s best travel agent, was particularly proud of the fact she got such a good deal on the flight. It was $239, a good $150 bucks cheaper than any other airline. We arrive and the ticket agent informs us, our ticket is only for the flight we have to pay for the bags. How bad can it be? Surprise! $175 for two bags. Reminder to self. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

We arrived in Rome, and while Kim went to the washroom, I had the chance to play their grand piano in the departure lounge. This is the second time on our trip I have run into a piano in an airport. I also got to play Bohemian Rhapsody in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport. (I had a number of people singing along as well!) After a final uneventful flight, we arrived in Athens and took a €50 taxi to the port to catch our ferry.

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Killing time on the streetsWe had some time to kill so we ordered some lunch. What do you eat when you have your first lunch in Athens? Why, Greek salad of course. I bet you didn’t see that one coming.

imageOur ferry arrived and we loaded for our 4 hour+ journey to Paros.

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We were so lucky to see a beautiful sunset from the back of the ship.  We arrived when it was very dark and after 17 hours of travel, we collapsed on our bed and slept thru the night.

The next morning we woke up and had a delicious breakfast that the hotel brought to our terrace. We ate fresh bananas, pears, figs, melon in a delicious Greek yogurt, a grilled chicken and cheese sandwich, a chocolate croissant, fresh coffee, a tall glass of orange juice and some fresh buns. All very yummy. This was our view.

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imageOur room is very quaint, but functional, and our hosts are so professional and friendly. When I phoned the front desk to order breakfast, they answered the phone “Good morning Bruce!” Although this is an apartment, there is a front desk with help available all day. Our kitchen won’t be great for cooking as it lacks a stove, so we will prepare breakfast and perhaps the occasional lunch ourselves! But will eat most of our meals out. The food here so far has been very reasonable compared to France, Portugal and Spain, but also delicious!

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Here is our villa from our beach.  I highly recommend this place. See Kim for the details. After breakfast, we went for a walk to explore the village.

imageEvery house here is the traditional white Mediterranean style home, built on top of each other. It looks so beautiful. It feels as if this is a place where people do life slowly but very well.

imageThe  whole place is filled with history.  There is a beautiful old church and this fort like structure we saw on the sea.  We also saw some sort of pillbox that I think was a leftover from WW2.

image There are tons of quaint restaurants and friendly shop keepers who are happy to talk with you just about anything. Lots of cats running around, hmmmm. We bought some fresh fruit, bread and pastries and of course a bottle of red wine. It is clear that white wine is the drink in Paros. Kim and I are thinking of trying some white wine to fit in here. We are starting to try some of the Greek we learned, but it is much more difficult than either Spanish or Italian. There is no connectivity to French at all. I am uncertain of the roots of the Greek language but it looks and sounds more like a Slavic language.

imageAfter two hours of exploring the village it was beach time. It was pretty windy out so we only stayed two and a half hours sunning and swimming. Kim thought it was too cold to swim when in fact the water was quite warm, but the wind Made it feel much colder. I didn’t swim long either way, but it felt good to be able to say I went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. We returned to our terrace, sunned for another few hours and watched a gorgeous sunset while we read our kindles. About 7:30 I had a quick shower and we left for dinner.
What a dinner we had tonight! We went out to fairly fancy place to celebrate our arrival and ate way too much. We started with a Greek salad and deep fried zucchini chips with tzatziki sauce, bread with porto sauce and fresh olives. Then our main course was a delicious mushroom risotto, spaghetti with mussels, and washed it down with two glasses of white wine. We were both stuffed but the waiter showed up and brought us some free dessert. Not sure what it was,but I think they usually only serve it in heaven. We are looking for our bill, completely full and the waiter shows up again carrying two glasses of a Greek liquor. We walked home which is a quick fifteen minutes away and climbed the 61 stairs from our road to the apartment. Bedtime about midnight while we nurse our food babies.

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Cinque Terre (The Five Lands)

Wednesday, October 11th & 12th 2017
I don’t know if Kim and I are wonderful tourists or awful. Read, then you decide and let us know. We had got information on taking the train to Cinqa Terre and Pisa so we were up early and walked the half hour to the train station. Our plan was to stop in Pisa, visit the leaning tower and then try to see as many of the 5 cities on the Italian Riviera as we could. An hour and a half after leaving Firenze, we arrived in Pisa. Our connecting to train to La Spezia was another 25 minutes. We talked for two minutes and realized we were both really pumped about Cinqa Terre, but Luke warm on walking to see the Leaning Tower. So we were about 25 minutes (5 minutes away by cab) but didn’t go to see it. We debated just hopping in a taxi, driving there, jumping out and taking the mandatory picture of me trying to push the tower straight, then hustling back into the cab and onto Italian Riviera. Long story,longer, we didn’t go and didn’t really regret it. Does that make us bad tourists? Who knows.

We arrived in La Spezia, almost getting into trouble when we got off the train a stop early. No one else got off with us. It was a very small station. So we immediately ran back to the train and quickly figured out we got off early. There are 5 villages to stop at on the Cinqa Terre train route; Vernazza, Monterosso and Manarola, which we visited and Riomajjiore and Cormiglia which we did not.

 

Monterosso

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imageWe had yet another delicious lunch of Caprese salad, Italian bread and pasta. I had a spicy meat ravioli and Kim had a gnocchi filled with cheese and potatoes and of course a glass of red wine. This area is very mountainous and all five villages are built off the side of a mountain. The map shows the train route goes right along the coast, so we thought this would afford us a lovely view of the ocean as we used our rail pass to go from village to village. However the area is so mountainous the train route is 95% tunnels so there wasn’t lots to see.

Manarola

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Vernazza

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We walked around the three villages for hours, taking pictures, looking at souvenirs and stopping for a gelato. We were up at 6:45 so by 5:00pm, we were done. We had open tickets back to Firenze (Florence) and had a quiet trip back.

Kim’s Homeade Ravioli.  Eat your heart out Chef Boyardee!

image After another pasta dinner with mushrooms, onions, garlic and squash, olives, we were in bed asleep about midnight.
We slept late Thursday. We were very tired. We toyed with the idea of taking the bullet train to Rome for the day. It takes 32 minutes and it’s not too expensive. However, we decided against this, as Friday is our last day in Florence, and we have a very early flight and a long day on Friday. Friday we are up at 3:30 to get to the airport, fly to Athens, then make our way with luggage by taxi down to the docks where we catch a ferry. After 4 and a half hours on the ferry, we arrive at the island of Paros. The owner of the apartment we will be renting is sending a car to pick us up!
So Thursday morning we woke up about 9:00 to find it had been raining last night. We have been so lucky with the weather so far. We had a little rain while we drove in France. Sunny days all thru Portugal and Spain, and an overcast sky for part of the day in Florence. So we spent some time in our apartment, relaxing, blogging and finishing off any food we had leftover. We packed our suitcases in order to confirm all the booty would both fit into our suitcases and we would still meet the weight requirement for our flight. Around three o’clock it was decided that the famous Italian Gelatos were calling our names and so we set out thru the city to find another gelato place. Palova came by and so we went out for another pasta dinner at our favourite restaurant. We paid the remain €400 owing on the apartment and came home to pack and get some sleep before our cab arrives early Friday. Tomorrow Greece!

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Firenze (Florence) Italia

A Day of the Arts and Piazza Michelangelo
Today we decided to check out the train station. This week we want to take leave of Florence and take the train to Pisa (leaning tower) and Cinque Terre. (The Five Lands). I love the freedom to make a last minute detour on your trip. We have heard from a number of other tourists and Palova as well, that this is a very worthwhile trip. It’s a shame we didn’t have more time, but we will do what we can in a day. We walked the 35 minutes to the train station where we got the information on the 3 trains required to get to Cinque Terre. We stopped for an espresso and a Rhum Baba, our new favourite dessert, and decided to make our way to the other side of town to the Michealangelo Piazza to watch the sunset. It was quite a walk, so being old and tired we got on one of the many buses that run around the city and arrived at our destination about forty minutes later. The piazza is quite high up and affords a beautiful view of the city.image

The view is spectacular. Our new camera is amazing and affords us the opportunity to give you some perspective on the things we are seeing. For example:

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Here are the people on top of the dome. Quite amazing, eh?image

While waiting for sunset, we met a Chinese fellow there who is a spiritual leader travelling the world. We had a great conversation about anything and everything. He has one son who is a graduate student at university, another son who is a doctor, and a daughter who is a famous movie star in China. Shu Feng Chien (his name) was talking to me about Tai Chi. I think I may start taking lessons when I return to Canada. After a number of pictures, we made our way down the long staircase, over the bridge and back towards our apartment.

 We stopped for a delicious pasta dinner on the way. Kim ordered the Galleria Spaghetti and I ordered the spicy meat sauce pasta. We also shared a Mediterranean salad, with goat’s cheese, fresh tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, olives and some other unknown veggies in it. This was all served with a plate of delicious Italian bread. Again the food was scrumptious. Dead tired from all of our sight seeing, we made our way home and went to bed early.
Kim and I made a decision to get up early again the next morning, and get in line to see the Uffizi (Official) Gallery. This building, which used to be an office building owned by the Medici Family, by itself is an artwork. It is huge, ornate and incredibly beautiful. Many of the ceilings are complete works of art.

imageIt’s difficult to put a picture of this as the building is so huge, it is impossible to capture the scope of this size in just one photo. We arrived about 15 minutes before the gallery opened and already there was a lineup to get in. We waited a short half hour, then we were in the door looking at thousands of sculptures and paintings. I don’t believe it is ever possible to become immune to looking at great art work. We did the galleries for about two and a half hours then went to a sidewalk cafe for our usual morning espresso. This gave an opportunity to rest our tired feet and catch our breath. We talked about what to do for the rest of the day and decided to try out this artisan gelato place that our taxi driver recommended. We had marked the place on our map, but now that we have been walking around this city so much, we are not using the map. So after a quick check, we set out for a gelato. We didn’t get farther than a hundred yards when we noticed that there wasn’t much of a line up to visit the Vecchio Palace, tower and battlements.

imageWe were in line and inside within 10 short minutes. We decided to climb the steps to the battlements and lookout tower first. We had just had a coffee and were feeling pretty energetic. 387 steps later we reached the high point of the tower and had a terrific view of the entire city around us.

imageWe then completed the museum tour at a comfortable pace and we stopped to look at our watches and six hours had passed since we set out this morning. Time stands still when you are looking at great art.
After our mighty climb and our second major museum visit for the day, Kim and I were pooped and in need of some food. So we found our Artisan Gelato and bought our self a small 3 flavour cup. White chocolate, peach and grapefruit. I have never tasted better in my life. We set out for our apartment which was about 25 minutes away, stopping only to pick up some groceries on the way home. After a light lunch of chicken, potatoes, olives, and of course some delicious Chianti, we hung around and read our Kindles and surfed the net. Tomorrow we’re off to Pisa and Cinque Terre.

imageKim bought me an early Christmas present. What do you think?

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Acadamia Museum

October 9th, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our blog readers. Kim and I have had a wonderful past two days visiting the sites, going to Museums and doing a little souvenir shopping. We have walked our feet off, but this is good because the food here is very good and we seem to be hungry all of the time.

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This is is one of many fascinating entrance ways in the old city.  We estimated 16-17 feet high.

We were up early yesterday morning and went to the Acadamia Museum. We arrived just as it opened and only waited an hour to get in. Not so bad. We could have bought tickets on line for about $30 more expensive, but often you wait a half hour to get in anyways. They also want you to follow behind a guide and listen to him drone on about what he thinks is interesting. In almost every museum we have been in there is a write-up below each art work giving all the important history, and any relevant story attached to the art work. So we get to choose which pieces of art we want to spend time on. It’s not possible to read and see every painting, sculpture in every museum. There are just too many. As you can appreciate the centrepiece of this museum, was Michelangelo’s Statue of David.image

 

He was finally selected to carve this gigantic slab of marble after a number of other artists couldn’t work with it. This include Leonardo Da Vinci. The size was just too big. It’s over 8 meters tall! He started this work in the early 1500’s and took a little over two years to complete.image

The finished statue is 17.5 feet high. The public immediately loved the work of art, not just because it was so perfect in completion, but as well because it represented the successful struggle of the little guy against the big bully. This was very important at a time when common people were fighting for their civil liberties. The statue has been moved a couple of times. I am not sure how they did this. It weighs over 6 tons.

imageThe beauty in this statue is the incredible detail in every part. I have included a number of picture so you can see.

After the museum, it was espresso and croissant time. We listened to an accordion player and a guitarist play together while we munched on our pre-lunch snack. Bella musica! We spent another 2 hours doing some sight seeing and shopping. We finally went to our local Cando Market and bought some fixings for a late lunch. It is so easy to get into the Italian style of eating. We had fresh olives, tomatoes in balsamic vinegar, fresh cheese, a baguette, chicken wings, potatoes and some delicious Chianti Classico. We picked up two different types of dessert. One which was some sort of sweet cake soaked in rum. OMG It was amazing.

imageWe have had three days of walking between 4-8 hours a day and so we relaxed in the apartment and enjoyed ourselves. That evening we noticed Aunt Patti had her Facebook open, so we were able to get some FaceTime with her thru a video call. It was very clear. Tomorrow we are going to sleep in and go exploring some more.

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From Spain to Italy!

October, 6th, 2017.
After two days of hectic travel, two trains, two flights, many taxis and a hotel stay in Malaga, Spain, we arrived unscathed in beautiful Florence, Italy. (Firenze to the Italians) Our day started at noon when we took a taxi to Huelva, caught the 3:00 train to Sevilla, (Remember the Barber?) then after a quick lunch in the train station, (I could write an entire blog on airport and train station food), we caught another train to Córdoba then Malaga and about 20 other stops along the way.

Spanish cities are not shy with words. We get places like Poco, Burnaby and if we get really excited something like New Westminster. In Spain it seems as if every city has to describe its location, any explorer who drove by this place, what they grow, the name of any river or mountain nearby, landmarks, 1 or 2 church references and throw in a good Spanish name on top of it all. Thus you get something like Rio del Punta de la cote a la Maria con sol d’iglisia de la mer. OK maybe a little hyperbole here, but you get the general picture.

We got a little nervous when we arrived in Córdoba and an English announcement came on to tell us we could leave the train and not to forget any bags. After a minute the next announcement told us to stay seated if we were continuing to Malaga. After a five minute wait, the train started up, but we were now going backwards. At first we thought that we were getting ready to change tracks or something, but this was not the case. We did the entire rest of our trip to Malaga in reverse.

The train station in Malaga was huge with a number of of armed Spanish soldiers looking for any problems. I know I am supposed to feel safe with those people there, but just knowing they are there is a little nerve wracking. We made it to our hotel which was a nice Holiday Inn Express and we’re delighted to see two things we missed for the past month. The first was a very comfortable bed, and the second was a bath! Kim and I both had a chicken Ceaser salad with red wine for dinner. It was a much nicer restaurant than any experience we had in Punta Umbria, but paled in comparison to any meal we had in Portugal. Land of delicious food. The bad news was we had a very early flight to Florence with a stopover in Madrid. So with 4-5 hours sleep we were up in the morning to a very crappy breakfast of toast and packaged lemon muffins. The espresso was pretty decent.

We took a cab to the airport. Our cab fare the night before from the train station was 5.85€ and 2€ for luggage. Total 7.85€. It was about 10 km and took about 20 minutes. The Holiday Inn Express was right next to the airport. It was less than a kilometre and took less than 3-4 minutes to get there. Our fare was 24.00€ and an additional 4.00€ for luggage. Total 28.00€. According to our driver this was the airport taxes the drivers have to pay. Not sure if we were ripped off or just disliking Spanish tax laws. There is not much you can do in this situation except smile and get on your flight. I can’t complain as Kim has done a fabulous job as our travel agent. She got us amazing prices on flights, hotels, trains etc. This was all done before we got here so we aren’t fighting bad internet or services that want paper, not digital prints of your ticket. The flights were both short and uneventful, although the second pilot was a bit of a cowboy. Every turn required him to tilt the plane far steeper than most pilots, our descent was fast and steep and finally his landing was with a huge bump! 2-3 times while just taxiing down the runway he hit his brakes so hard we all jerked forward. Not sure if I imagined this but I believe he may have had an N on the tail of his plane. Who knows? Maybe he was getting used to a plane with a clutch?

image A plaza near our apartment.

 

When we pulled into the city of Florence, it was like walking back in time 400 years. Florence was at one time a walled city and was established by the Romans in 59 BC. It was a payment to Julius Ceaser for his soldiers who had served him. It became an important trade centre and is still known for its famous wines (Tuscany Region of Italy- Chianti Classico) and olive oil. It was perhaps most famous as the art centre in Europe during the Renaissance period. (1400-1700’s) artists like Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, all came and lived here and created beautiful paintings and sculptures. This was due in fact that throughout this time Florence was under the control of the Medici family. This is the family that controlled all of the banking for the Catholic Church and therefore were very well connected and to put it bluntly, very rich. This family was also very focussed on the arts. You may remember it was Catherine Medici that built the beautiful ballroom to enjoy the music and art gallery at Chateau Cheverny in France. Same family.

imageAfter an amazing pasta dinner with our dear Italian friend, Palova, we went to bed and slept in to recuperate after two days of travel. By the way, we send big kudos to Palova, who got us the apartment we are staying in. Although the building is probably over 200-300 years old, the insides are modern and clean with every amenity. We walked into to a waiting bottle of Chianti!

The next day our plan was to do our own walking tour of the old city, locate some of the sites to see and then visit them over the next few days. It is so beautiful. Check out the pictures. The streets here are mostly very narrow with a few boulevards that are much wider and can accommodate two and even sometimes four cars. When the walls of the city came down many years ago, roads were built in this area to help with the transportation.

imageWith super narrow streets and most homes about 3-4 stories high it is difficult to see any landmarks from a distance. So like the tourists, we set out on a city tour. We passed the Galleria Del Accademia home to the statue of David and many other works of art. It was only 4 blocks from our apartment.

imageWe then walked to Piazza del Djomo to see the amazing Santa Maria del Fiore. Construction on this amazing cathedral started in 1296 and it was completed in 1436. Although pictures allow you to see the fine detail in the work, you truly only get to appreciate the size of this building when you walk around the outside. It took us 25 minutes, includes dodging the tourists as well.

imageFrom there we went to the Palazzo Vecchio. This Palace/Museum was built in 1299 again under the supervision of the Medici family who lived in it for a number of years. We had walked and gawked for three hours and we’re getting hungry so we ate a lunch of salad and pasta at an outdoor cafe. Our final stop before heading home was at Piazza Santa Croce. Here there is another beautiful Basilica. It is the burial place of many famous people, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli to name but a few. Construction on this church was started in 1294 and continued until 1426. The legend states that it was founded by St Francis of Assisi. It is still the largest Franciscan Church in the world. With trusty map in hand, we negotiated our way back to our apartment for a break before dinner. At about 8:00 pm we were startled by a flash of lightning and a loud roll of thunder. We got ready for dinner, found a nice restaurant about 3-4 blocks away and had a dinner of spicy sausage and onion pizza and a chicken salad. All served with Italian bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Delicioso!

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Adios, Punta Umbria

Monday, October 2nd 2017
It’s our last 2 days here in Punta Umbria and of course we are making the last of our beach visits for a while. It’s 27 degrees and sunny. The ocean is beautiful and warm. If you look on a map, you can see Punta Umbria is not in the Mediterranean, but still the water is warm and inviting.  Kim and I are hoping we return to Canada with the lovely tans we have right now.

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Punta Umbria is also on a river.  You can see the River through the trees at the end of this street.

imageWe leave here Wednesday morning and have one night in Malaga, Spain before we fly to Florence, Italy. We will be right downtown on the main plaza for 8 days then fly to Athens where we will catch a ferry to the island of Paros. We will spend another twelve days on the beach there.

We were so saddened to hear that our meeting in Florence with Betty Boult was cancelled. She took a fall and was flown back to Canada in a cast. I hope she heals quickly. We were so looking forward to a dinner and evening of good Italian wine with her. Get well soon, Betty!

Kim has really taken to Spain quite quickly. Unlike Shanghai where you could always find someone who speaks English, Punta Umbria has very few English speaking people. It’s kind of what we were looking for, but we still had no idea how tough it would be. Kim’s Spanish is coming along great. She greets people and has enough rudimentary skills to converse with waiters and shop keepers. The streets here are usually pretty clean and well kept.

 

image Saturday night everyone comes out and the main pedestrian street, Calle Ancha, is crowded with people going out for dinner and drinks. In the morning we stop by to do our shopping, buy water, pastries, and any fresh produce we can find. We are cooking most of our meals in our apartment as the quality of food at the restaurants is quite low while prices are very high. Our best meal out was a pizza, which was bland, and very light on the toppings. Our bill was 30€ or about $45. Kim has made some delicious vegetarian stirfrys and pasta dishes. Yummy! Tomorrow, our last day will consist of us doing a load of laundry and of course 5-6 hours of the beach.

 

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Beach Bums

Sunny Spain

Friday, Sept 22, 2017
We got up late. This sea air is really making us a sleepy group. Kim was up about open 8:30 but slept in until 9:00. I made us a breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast using a toaster that hasn’t been made since the 1950’s. You know the ones that have a heating element and it only toasts one side at a time. You have to watch your toast like a hawk or it burns. That’s the one! Our toast was only slightly burned. We walked into town about 2:00. By 3:00 lunch is starting so we stopped at a little cafe and ordered a seafood salad, two bowls of gespacho (delicious cold tomato soup) and a cold beer for me and water for Kim. The meal was very rich but delicious. They always serve fresh bread with every meal, but their bread is unsalted. This really doesn’t matter very much as they also serve you a bowl of fresh olives with your meal. There’s the salt! The downtown is very quaint with lots of shops, bars and restaurants. Many places have closed for the season, and many stores are closed for the afternoon siesta, but there were still enough restaurants open for those of us who wanted a lunch. We decided it was pretty warm out and a return to our apartment then a swim at the beach was in order. The water was even warmer than yesterday. The surf tires you out before you get cold, but it’s an enjoyable beach.

 

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Saturday and Sunday, Sept 23-28th

We took a break from our blogging to enjoy the sun. We are usually up late and our typical breakfast includes toast, eggs and a piece of fruit. Then we go down to the beach for some sun, swimming and reading our kindles. We are back for lunch about 3:30 and then off for dinner about 8:30. Sunday we stayed at home for dinner and made pasta. It’s a fishing village so we are often ordering seafood at our local restaurants. It’s a hit and miss process as sometimes the food is decent and other times not so much. We think a lot of the freshness and selection has died with the end of the tourist trade in September. I also feel badly that we really haven’t had the opportunity yet to meet any Spanish people. Aside from Thomas, our one waiter who spoke some English, we haven’t been able to communicate well with the other people here. No one speaks any English. I am impressed by a couple of things.

The Spanish family unit. From looking around the beach, it’s clear that families are very important here. We’d like to think the same thing in Canada, but it doesn’t happen that way. Our kids were always with us until they were about 13 then their friends became quite important. Sure they went on holidays with us, but by the time they are 17-18 they are quite focussed on their friends. Here I see no groups of 13-14 year olds hanging out at the beach. Not even 17-18 years old. They all come down with their families. At first I thought that maybe they were just on vacation with each other. That doesn’t appear to be the case.

I am also impressed with their acceptance of different body shapes. Like Portugal, there are many topless women sunbathing on the beach. There are two types of beaches here. Playa Naturals (Natural beaches) where you can go completely naked and playa familia (family beaches) where bottoms are required. It’s not only the young and fit who go topless here, but all sizes, shapes and ages as well. No one seems to care. Note Kim and I use the family beaches.

I am very impressed with their eggs here. It looks as if they come direct from the farm and taste delicious. We are eating eggs every morning for breakfast.

I am not impressed with their fruit and produce here. We have been shopping 4-5 times to get food to cook in our apartment, but the produce is horrid. They sell the stuff Safeway would throw out at the end of the day.

In planning the trip, Kim and I thought it would be a good idea to find a very small city on the coast so we could be away from the tourist trade and all that goes with it. The mistake was no tourists means no one speaks English. So like all bright foreigners, when we ask for something and aren’t understood, we speak louder and more slowly. That or try speaking French with a Spanish accent. Also doesn’t work. Somehow,we manage to get what we need, not necessarily what we want.

 

imageWe certainly can’t complain about the beach and the beautiful warm water. That makes up a big part of regime. We also enjoy walking the 1-2 km into town and looking at all of the stores. People watching here is a great time. I am so lucky to have Kim as my travelling companion. She is so easy going and relaxed. The beach time has really mellowed us both out. It’s what a vacation should be all about. We are here for two weeks then moving on to Malaga, Spain, then Florence, Italy. We may meet up with a former colleague there if things go well. Former assistant superintendent of schools, the fabulous Dr. Betty Boult will be there when we arrive. We will try to meet up with her.