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Old 09-24-2008, 10:09 AM   #31
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Just catching up with your report. Love the pics!! We've been so busy moving across the country and back over the past few years that our international travels have suffered. Hope we can get back to doing that. Thanks for letting us travel with you vicariously. And, yes, I get a nervous twitch if I'm away from the computer for long. So writing a trip report on vacation sounds like a great idea.

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oh my what amazing photos!! love your new siggy pic too!
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Beautiful pictures. The villa looks very welcoming.
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I'm so excited for another chezp TR! I didn't know you had another trip in the works before the big American trip. Great TR so far! The villa is gorgeous! And your new sig pic is great!

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What a beautiful place. Your pictures are great. Looks and sounds like your going to have a great trip.
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Loved the pictures from the plane, the water is so blue. The villa looks like a nice comfortable place to relax. Sounds like you had a great first day!
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I don't know how I missed the start of this report....I was going to comment you on what a great sig picture of you and Mark and then wondered "when did they go to Spain - she did not mention a trip to Spain" and then I saw the TR....

What a great way to spend a week and some quality time with Mark's parents....I have often though of how much I would love a home either in the South of Spain or Portugal...

Sounds like except for the fact that no one wanted to let you eat before you left England the trip was pretty great....

Your pictures from the plane were amazing....what beautiful landscaping. The villa is so quaint and I love the colorations - everything is so bright and cheery. The town looks very comforatable as well with that Old World Charm....

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I just love that photo!!

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What a great place! Your pictures are wonderful.

It looks like a great place to relax and soak up the sun.

Looking forward to the rest.
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As usual, your pictures are stunning!!!
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Monday 15 September – part one: a touch of Russia in Spain

Perhaps, bearing in mind, what a long day we had had the day before, it’s no surprise that we had a good night’s sleep. Ten and a half hours later and we finally surfaced. How nice not to have to get up early to do anything – a very pleasant change. Even when we’re at Disney, there’s usually an early wake up call for something or other!

I headed down to the local supermarket with Dave quite early on to get some breakfast cereal and a newspaper and it was a pleasant enough walk down there – probably the best part of a mile each way, although the hill on the way back was a bit of a challenge!

After breakfast, we headed out to the mountain town of Guadalest, which I’d seen in the guidebooks and had asked to see. I felt a bit sorry for Mark’s parents, as it turned out it was about their third or fourth time taking people there and it’s not a pleasant drive on some very windy roads. We drove through the coastal resort of Calpe first, perhaps best known for the huge rock just off the coast – the Penyon d’Ifach, which can be seen for miles round. It’s a much more built up town than Moraira, a lot more office blocks, apartments and hotels. Whereas, in Moraira, they have a limit of four storeys for any buildings, that doesn’t exist in Calpe and the difference is amazing, as it’s totally dominated by high rise buildings. It’s a great shame that more towns don’t introduce the same restrictions that Moraira has to try and retain their natural beauty.

Not far outside of Calpe, Mark’s parents asked if we liked churches and, as I love their architecture, I immediately said yes. They then stopped to show us a beautiful church, which turned out to be Russian Orthodox. We suspected it was, as it was very similar to the one we’d seen in Helsinki, but I confirmed it with the Spanish explanation outside. It’s amazing how many nationalities have obviously come here and it was just an eye opener to see a church like that over here. It’s not what I expected at all. :

As we drove, we were staggered to see all the fruits in production, although really it was out of season now. We were told that it was a big area for apricots and oranges in particular. The netting over the crops helps to protect them from the winds, but my goodness, it’s certainly a blot on the landscape.

We stopped on the way, so I could get some photos of the beautiful landscape we were passing through:

Before we knew it, we were getting our first glimpses of Guadelest in the distance, perched on top of a mountain and it looked stunning.

Soon we were there and we left Barb to explore the shops, while the three of us headed up to the summit. The walk up really wasn’t as bad as I though it would be. A lot of it was fairly gentle slopes and we were stopping all the time to get photos, so we got regular breaks!

We literally went through a short tunnel and out we came into the village. It very much reminded us of Eze, another mountaintop village that we’d visited on the Mediterranean cruise last year when we also went to Monaco and Monte Carlo. There were some lovely shops and a beautiful small church.

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What Fun! Just found your TR and am truly enjoying it. Beautiful Photos!
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