Fun in the sun

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

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homeexchange of Peipta & Jesus

Flag of Spain  , Valencia,
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I am SORRY!!!!
but every day is clear hot and sunny...
funny really and this world is small...talking with a Dutch couple at the pool (we were the only 4 people there), and guess what ???   they too were on homeexchange (same site as ours), and had been to NZ last year. Their exchange from Spain is currently in their home in Holland and emailing daily , complaining about the weather....our Dutch lady here, said "what can they expect , it is Holland"!!!! and yes she is correct - the weather here is hot and sunny and no tourists YET...
A quiet day yesterday to catch our breath after Morella, Today we again ventured out in the little car. We had decided that a camera is a necessity, as the Ipod is not giving me any settings choices. So headed out this morning south passing the huge built up coastal tourist area of Torreblanca and headed for guessed it , another historic area... of course Tom Tom was in his element - he just loves it when we put in 'town centre', and he  leads us right to it....Oropesa- another hilltop old part of town was where we started at- originally from Muslim period and then conquered by El Sid in 1090...of course you all knew that , but thought I would remind you...(after our quiz night on Monday , we realised how little WE really do know) another explore of the old town , then dropped down to the beautiful beach and promenade below....covered in bodies (some not so beautiful)...but the shopping was great.
Garry was able to replace his white leather shoes that he has thrashed since purchasing at a market stall in Madrid years ago.
We had been wondering why the roads all went UNDER the railway line, in this part of Spain.
Today we found out - while driving towards the line, the TGV high speed went through Oropesa, and it was FLYING!!!!
Tom did get a little lost after we had left Oropesa and tried to find El Corte De Ingles ( a large shopping chain in Spain and France.) Castello de la Plana -we stopped in a busy street, and asked a young woman walking by...who replied "I am walking there right now, I will take you " in she jumped , and yes she did take us !!! ...........where we were able to replace the camera AND now hopefully there will be much improved photography from us...

This being day 17 since our arrival in Spain - and the weather has been amazing.
Clear blue skies, warm weather and not a cloud in sight any day.
A 10 minute drive out to the main road from the seaside , the road skirts around the base of an enormous rocky hillside that rises up behind Alcossebre . There are some amazing looking homes perched up on these rocks, so after a morning on the beach and a swim in the pool, on Sunday we jumped in the little car, and headed up the winding, zigzag road behind the village,
 to Urb el Pinar. The views from the top were glorious , but the road up and DOWN was something else, and why anyone would want to travel that road each day is hard to understand…..
But I needed a picture!!!! The car being so small, we were virtually driving into the potholes and out the other side , because as our Welsh friend said ” if the car was any smaller, we would need one for the other foot”........ 20 degree gradients in parts ,and a very narrow road. There is a restaurant at the top and the carpark was full when we eventually got there. Fathers day here in Europe, and all the Spanish Dads are treated well by their families.

Richard (Welshman), asked us did we like a good curry? So Sunday we were invited , and YES it was a good curry. He cooked like a king (with the apron to prove it)….
Chicken curry with 3 dipping sauces, onion bargee, Italian potatoes, and made his own poppadoms………then to follow on the outdoor terrace, hot chocolate fondue - dipping either fresh fruit or marshmallows with liqueurs- a wonderful evening...great food and company..
Monday evening is quiz night in the village - and off we went again, to see if we could score any better than last week....Two answers I did get ,were "in which city were the Olympic games in 1956......", beside which great lake stands city of Chicago?......
and Garry came up with the answers to "in the bible , who turned his wife into a pillar of salt? etc etc".....
answers at the end.....
on the weather channel last evening we had seen all the terrible weather going across France, and as were leaving Quiz evening at 11.30pm - YES it started to rain. By the time we went to bed, the thunder had started and it rolled for hours - hitting the huge rock hills up behind this village , with the sky being lit up at the same time with sheets of lightning. So this morning  all the plants are bright and shiny , refreshed with the rain, although the sky is overcast..

My bucket list for Spain.....was set my "someone" in my head, back in 2004, when we toured through Spain on a Trafalgar tour. So far most of the places we have managed to visit- Ronda, Toledo, Alhambra in Granada and Cadiz. Cuenca had also been on MY list and when discussing it with our Welsh friends here, they too said they had not been, SO we 4 are now 
 travelling inland on Saturday and staying 2 nights is famous for its"hanging houses"- balconied houses hanging over the cliff top , overlooking deep gorges of 2 rivers.

answers to the questions 1) Melbourne...2) Lake Michigan...3 )Lot- did you get them?

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