Monthly Archives: December 2015

New Year’s Eve 2015

Our friends Denise and Phil from England are due to return to the UK for good in January. It’s not going to be the same without them as we share similar interests and often go out on a Sunday afternoon … Continue reading

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Javea – 26th – 27th December

Another long drive from Lorca to Javea. The motorway runs past built-up areas like Benidorm. Our last night in Spain.  Again, in a Parador and this time we had a balcony looking over Arenal beach in Javea (or Xabia in Valencian, a … Continue reading

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Lorca – 24th to 26th December

We arrived in at the Lorca Parador  at 3pm after a 4 hour drive from Cuenta.  Part of the route was on a twisting road until we reached the motorway that runs along the coast past Murcia.   The parador is … Continue reading

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Cuenta – 22nd to 24th December

We had a tapas lunch near the Plaza del Torico before leaving for Cuenta. Our first Parador of the trip was in a former monastery.  We paid a bit extra to have a room with a view of the famous … Continue reading

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Teruel – 21st to 22nd December

Teruel is half way to Cuenta so I thought it would be a good overnight stop.  It turned out to be one of our favourite places and we wished we had spent 2 nights instead of only 1. We stayed … Continue reading

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Valencia Day 4

We visited  the Cervellon Palace. Fernando VII signed the Constitution here in 1812, as did María Cristina her abdication. Isabel II also lodged here, and it has been the centre of many important events. Then on to the Beaux Arts … Continue reading

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Valencia Day 3

We visited the Ceramic Museum today. The exterior is adorned with rococco putti and alabaster statues. The museum is within the former Palace Marques de Dos Aguas which dates from the 15th Century but was ‘refurbished’ in 1740. La Lonja or Silk … Continue reading

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Valencia Day 2

Today we rented bikes from the hotel and cycled the length of the Turia Gardens that was formed in the former riverbed of the river Turia which was drained and rerouted after a catastrophic flood in 1957. The old riverbed … Continue reading

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Christmas Trip to Spain – Day 1 Valencia, 17th December

Five nights in Valencia at the Hotel Dimar. Perfect location for bars and restarants but still easy walking to the main sights. Hotel close to Mercado Colon, recently renovated and now full of restaurants. Best meal of the trip was … Continue reading

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Hobby Centrum Christmas Market – 13th December

  The Hobby Centre holds a Christmas Market in December where members can sell their work.  I volunteered to help set up the stalls on the Friday and to serve erwtensoep (pea and smoked sausage soup) and gluhwein on Sunday. … Continue reading

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