Week 23 – Our final destination – Southern Spain

  • After a quiet last day in Normandie we headed for Paris airport thinking we had plenty of time as it was Sunday morning. We had an easy drive, but then we got to Paris and roadworks, (with attendant traffic jam), all around the airport!! While Adrienne spotted and translated the completely inadequate car rental return signage we finally found the Hertz yard, grabbed our bags, handed the keys to the bloke, (suggested all was in order, but over to him), and ran for the terminal. We made the flight to Malaga with about 10 minutes to spare.
  • We found our new house in La Heredia near Benehavis without any problem and moved in. The house is large, has all the facilities and fabulous views over the area and out to the Mediterranean sea.
La Heredia from our balcony
Views all the way to Gibraltar
  • We are here for 8 weeks so spent a couple of days investigating the new ‘hood. Headed down to Estepona and found a lovely old town with heaps of alleyways, shops and restaurants. It also has a large Carrefours on the outskirts for weekly groceries – no Italian wines but four Australian.
A shady square in Estepona
Can you imagine Sydney councils allowing the blocking street access so restaurants can spill out into the streets!!
  • We have two good sized public pools in the village, so I have taken the opportunity to get back into daily exercise regime. I’m the only one there in the mornings so no need to dodge other bods. Adrienne prefers our terrace plunge pool.

    Only a few steps to the pool
Dawn Fraser eat your heart out – this women can knock out 20 lengths in minutes!!
  • Our local beach is about 10 minutes drive. It has been quite windy these last few days but that does not deter the northern Europeans – they lie out in the sun no matter what! We’ll try again tomorrow – the weather forecast for the next month is mid 20’s and sunny so plenty of time to add to our tans.

    We walked along the beach and retired to a nice bar for drinks and pizza
  •  We have found dozens of walks around the area – hiking seems to be a real thing here so we drove over to Benehavis and headed off up a trail. We walked for an hour and a half and did not see another soul, but the trail was well marked so we weren’t concerned.
Not quite the Camino but this is Southern Spain
Over 300 sunny days a year does not lead to rainforest – the landscape is dry and barren
I guess this “river” flows occasionally, but not at the end of summer
  • Our new house is great, and we’ll get into exploring next week. We went to the white hill town of Casares today – it had great raps in Trip Advisor, but what a disappointment – very small, and not a lot to see. Great views of the surrounding area but does not beckon us for a return.

    Casares, (with Adrienne’s bum as usual)
  • So instead of absorbing the village ambience we went to the huge shopping centre just out of Marbella and bought new running shoes. The Camino de Santiago was pretty tough on shoes so ours were just about out of bounce. Is it just me or do all modern running shoes look like they were designed in a post apocalyptic art class?

4 thoughts on “Week 23 – Our final destination – Southern Spain”

  1. Looks the goods guys. On the weekend we were in Victoria’s Basement shopping, we saw a nice orange paella cooker, you know solid cast iron but with a nice sunset colour ceramic outer. We looked at each other and said the same thing at once, na we don’t need one, Adrienne cooks our paella’s 🙂

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