Trip Start Apr 04, 2008
Trip End Jul 03, 2009

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Flag of Spain and Canary Islands  , Valencian Country,
Monday, October 27, 2008

After a very early start (4am for Pete) we left the shelter of the little bay we'd been hiding in for the last 2 days. It seems this is the pattern in the Med this time of the year as everyone who is leaving skips up the coast dodging the bad weather on their way out.

We actually expected the seas to be a little rough after the strong winds that had blown, but we were pleasantly surprised and had a great sail across to Alicante, where we expected to shelter for another day or so as more strong winds came through.

Alicante is 7000 years old, which is quite hard to comprehend comming from a country that has no buildings older than a couple of hundred years. Its actually the 8th largest city in Spain. The city, as with most coastal European cities has an old city wall and fort, which lay behind a palm studded esplanade and beach. This looks a little odd but the Spanish obviously try to get that tropical holiday feel for the tourists in Summer.
The esplanade is really beautiful and is paved, which is something we see all over Spain and Italy, in pollished marble and granite. It's their cheap stone over hear. Now on a fine sunny day this is all great, but when it rains the pollished stone is like walking on a wet mirror! I don't know how the people do it, but a few times I've had to take my shoes or thongs off and go bare foot just to stop from slipping.

Our exploring around town was limited by rain showers, but what we saw was great and certainly a nice place to live on the Med.
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