Day to day in the sun

Trip Start May 30, 2013
Trip End Nov 25, 2013

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Flag of Spain  , Valencia,
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sorry about the quality of the pictures - we are still using our Ipod for photography , as we have not yet been able to replace our camera since I dropped in on the cobbles.

Today we took the little Suzuki  car into Alcala de Xivert, the next village from here , where there is  a large Post Office. We wanted to offload some excess weight of clothing , due to the baggage debacle with Air France, we had finished up with too much weight , once our bags turned up again, Fortunately Air France have since compensated us nicely for our inconvenience.
With no English between the 2 Spaniards behind the counter , it took very little time to arrange to send a parcel of our clothes to NZ...having been told by a local, to take our lunch if we wanted to do any business with them.(the Spanish NEVER hurry!!) Very impressed by their helpfullness ...while there, we looked around a VERY old large church with stone above the entry showing year of building 1784.   Another private doorway had the year of building at 1560 - hard to comprehend the length of time these buildings have been standing... ... NZ was not even discovered then -while  these areas were heavily populated and trading with the world.
On the way back we did our first major grocery shop for Spain - hopefully enough food including veges, wine ,fruit, meat and fish to last for 3 weeks for total of 80 Euros ...we think very reasonable for the amount of things we purchased.

 2 days of swims in the pool, walking the promenade along the beach into town and taking in all the local sights - including meeting several English couples staying nearby,with whom we have  had 2 nights out . One a quiz night , then last evening went to a bar showing a film about the history of Peniscola (featured in our last blog). The streets were lined for the first of the evening weekly 'town markets' for the summer and we enjoyed strolling through the hundreds of stalls  set up on the road and oceanside, on  our way to the evening lecture and film.
We feel inadequate with our language skills - many people here speak several languages fluently - the lady who narrated for the film was  Arabic and spoke Italian,Spanish, French was learning German , and gave her speech in her 3rd language of English...

Today (Wednesday) we decided to venture inland by car.........,having been told of several places we should not miss. The roads were all switchback , through mountains and valleys....
first stop was Sant Mateu- a 14th century historic town (again, another  impressive church) or you will all be saying... ABC). The local information tells of fields of olive trees, some of which are thousands of years old ...We did purchase a bag of plump cherries in the Plaza, height of the season here with the cherry parade last week,... with the language barrier - and with the grower waving his arms about , we think it meant they were spray free and YUM!!!   and explored the old part of town on foot munching the fat red cherries  - impressive town walls still intact, and swallows dipping and diving at us as we walked . Garry was lucky enough to have one christen his shirt!!!
Then onto our mission for the day - Castle of Morella.........62km's inland , and a Muslim town from the 11th century. Morella is a historical medieval fortress that dominates the countryside for miles, with a perfectly preserved ring of ancient walls with  16 towers . One of these towers is the main entry into the town - rising from the valley floor and crowned by a tall rocky spur with an impregnable castle atop. website for those who wish to view better pics.
Once inside the walls we had a tiring climb. After making our way through the lower narrow streets we entered the castle grounds through what had been the Sant Francescan Monks church- beautiful vaulted ceilings and arcs of great architectural beauty .Again climbing ever skywards , and thinking we were at the top, we realised we still had 98 steps to reach the peak, looking down over the Monastery, bullring, town walls and the remains of an aquaduct , which once supplied the towns water.  Views for miles- nobody was going to sneak up and attack this village!!!
Completing our trip  on our drive home on the steep switch back roads , we passed through valleys of very old olive trees and huge rocky terrain...passing .the last village (called Ares del Maestre) , we were only able to look back at this amazing village hanging on to the edge of the rocky hillside,as we drove back down through the rocky landscape..... ,  it was already 6pm and we had been out all day. Home to a very inviting cool swim in the pool at 7pm

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Erin and David on

There's not much wrong with the photos! Well done iPod!
I have found that it's better to view pics individually, by double click on first one then using full screen and arrow to side of pic to advance. The comments you have written on each pic then show up. The comments don't show with 'slideshow', only the title.
Take care, and keep writing! EnD

sue & andrew on

Hi to you both.We are so enjoying your fabulous travel blog and pics.It all looks just amazing and having not been there ourselves we are so enjoying being part of your travels and adventures again.Take care and enjoy.xx Sue & Andrew

Glenna on

Sorry about the loss of the camera. Your pictures are wonderful, never the less. I need to put Spain on our travel list. It is such a beautiful country. I too stand in awe of the linguistic skills of most Europeans.

I am glad that Air France took good care of you! We are flying with them in August. (I hope that we do not have any problems).

Have fun and enjoy the rest of your holiday! Thanks for sharing the highlights. We look forward to your posts and pictures.

Your buddy in the US,

Barbara on

Oh Garry, I can see she is still walking your legs off.... Beautiful places and looks like we are missing a wonderful time. Keep the adventures coming and remember I have empathy for you sir. see you in July.

garrynjan on

thanks for that David ...will help anyone who has been having trouble seeing our comments on each pic

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