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Old 09-23-2008, 04:06 AM   #16
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Oh boy! Another trip report. And, to another country I haven't "visited" with you before. I so enjoy your trip reports because it's almost like being there with all the detail and especially the pictures. BTW, really like your sig pic. You do look relaxed!
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Another great photo TR from you! Wonderful so far!

Did you see the sculpture / playground of Gulliver? (Or are you saving that for later?)
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Wonderful aerial photos- I saw a special a year or two ago on the aquarium in Valencia- how they opened it and transferred and acquired specimens for it. When I saw your pics, I thought to myself- I have seen that place before!

Glad to hear about Easyjet- I've often wondered how that airline is in comparison to the others.

Great start- I shall be back for more!
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Love, love love the new sig pic!! Great start Chez, I can't wait to read more!!
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Great pictures, I always enjoy your trip reports. I learn so many things about places I'm not familiar with, thanks.
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Wow there are some really beautiful buildings. I can't wait to see more. Love your sig picture.
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Your photos from the plane are incredible!!! Can't wait to read/see more!!!

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Wow.

LOVE it. Can't wait to read this one. Thanks, Chez!!
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Sunday 14 September – part two: what a bargain!

We were very quickly off the plane and through customs, with only a cursory glance at our passports, and then it was time to wait for the suitcase to come off. That took a while, but eventually we saw it turn up and we were off. A quick exchange of text messages on the cell phone and we soon found Mark’s parents, who’d just arrived.

We head back to the car park, almost as soon as they’d parked up and they ended up with a bargain basement price of just 10 cents!

We set out on the way back to their villa near Moraira and, after taking a wrong turn and a fun diversion, we were on our way properly. It probably took about an hour and a half to get there and the views on the way were lovely. I somehow wasn’t expecting it to be so green out here, knowing how hot and dry it is during the summer.


Getting close to the villa – the rock you can see in the right hand side of this shot is at Calpe, just a few miles along the coast

Soon we were at our destination, although I’m not sure I could ever remember how to get there again. I think you need a degree to find your way there! It’s a beautiful place, as you can see:


Our room

The other spare room – christened the “ironing room”

The living room

The pool – I would be spending a lot of time in here!

Sadly this fountain doesn’t work any longer – it kept clogging up and will probably be disappearing soon...

Some of the detail in the design

The garden

Lemons ripening in the garden

I should say here that when they bought the place, it came fully furnished. Bearing that in mind, isn’t it lovely? I just love the choice of colours of the previous owners – very Mediterranean in style and just perfect for where the villa is.

We weren’t in for long, before setting out for an exploration of the area. We headed down into the centre of Moraira, which is about four kilometres away (they do everything in kilometres, as opposed to miles in Europe). It’s a bigger town than I was expecting, as when I went online to find car hire, there were no outlets there, so I just assumed it was a pretty small place. Not one bit of it. The marina was lovely.

First we stopped at a cove in between the villa and Moraira itself:




Then we headed a bit further up the coast to one of the more exclusive resorts, El Portet, about a mile from Moraira. This is packed with homes that sell for more than million Euros. You could easily see why they were so much, as the views they had were absolutely stunning.



By now, we were all starting to get hungry, so we headed off for some food and ended up at a place called the Wok, which has several outlets in the area. It didn’t look open, as the place was in darkness and there were no cars in the car park, but upon checking it out, it turned out it was open and we had a very nice meal there. There was a huge selection of meat, fish and vegetables that you could get cooked at a Teppan style grill, along with your standard battered items and some lovely desserts. The bill came to about 50 Euros for the four of us (about £40). Full, we headed back into Moraira to take a walk around the town.

We were fascinated by all the artwork on roundabouts over here – some of it was pretty elaborate:



We strolled along the waterfront and through the marina, admiring the fish in there and the huge boats. My goodness, there was some serious money in there!






Looking out to Penyal d’Ifach, the huge rock just off Calpe

The remains of the town’s seafront fort

The old town of Moraira

Fish in the marina








Then it was back to the villa for some sunbathing and a dip in the pool. The only problem was the sun must’ve seen us coming, as it hid behind the clouds for ages! Fortunately, it did eventually come out for long enough for us to enjoy.

By the time the sun started to go down, it started to get colder. Our plans to head into the town for dinner just didn’t work out, as the time seemed to go by so quickly and, before we knew it, it was quite late and we still weren’t that hungry, so we ended up with a salad and some meat for the others and cheese and tuna for me and that was us set for the evening.

We made it through until about 9pm and then it was off to bed. Not too bad, considering we’d been up since early that morning.

Today we walked 2.86 miles.
The weather today was sunny and in high 80’s.
The best thing today was sitting and enjoying the sun.
The worst thing today was having to get up so early.
Today we tried exploring Moraira
And the result was it’s a beautiful town and bigger than I thought.
The most magical moment today was seeing Mark’s parents’ villa for the first time.

Next: a touch of Russia in Spain
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Great start! With all the rumors of the Magic going back to the Med next year and perhaps the Baltic, I am very interested in hearing about Spain. Your TRs never fail to amaze and entertain! Keep it coming.
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Another chezp trip report! Yay!
Your in-laws villa is beautiful!
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