Off to Marbella March 9th

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 06, 2013

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Saturday, March 9, 2013

Gorgeous day, a little overcast this morning, but guessing around 20* If it is not 20*, I am going to pretend it is!

 The rooster woke me up, the hens were clucking and I was ready to go! The nearby pets were all saying Hola. Other than our cluckers there are many dogs here. In the city of Coin, of course there are  little purebred pups, on little leather leashes, usually in pairs, those we do recognize as specific breeds; in our neighbourhood not so sure of the breed! The only thing I recognize is the gender! I have respect for those boys just like I do for the Vipers in Italy! Not our friends! The one animal I think I may have made pals with is the horse across the road, Nina! Yep, that is what I have named her, old story, right Jes and Kate? Before I leave I am checking out the chickens; Rob do you still have the plans for the hen house? Wouldn't Mom go crazy over that comment!? Thinking about her today, it is her birthday!

Driving to Marbella was very interesting, high in the mountains rain and fog but in the valleys, sunshine. Curving, winding roads, not unlike Italy! When we reached Marbella, 28 km. away it became sunny. Marbella in the '70's was known for crooks and drug dealers, and in the '80's for the Russian and Italian Mafia bosses who all controlled their empires from gorgeous villas and yachts, Then there was a corrupt mayor, then the Spanish Police discovered the biggest money laundering business (Europe 2005), channeling billions of euros from crime syndicates in the form of anonymous trusts! Then there was King Fahd of Saudi Arabia who built a White House lookalike on the west side of the town, along with a Mosque. For us today, it seemed like any Saturday in any town! Outside the big church built in 16th century, we watched the family activities of a Christening and a Wedding. Happy events.

Thank goodness we did not do anything today that could be in the guidebooks of tomorrow! Phew!

We meandered through the narrow streets and had lunch at "Santiago", on the beach. Built in the 50's it started out as a to-go cart by the sea. It is one of the oldest and swankiest restaurants in Marbella. Santiago Dominguez still oversees his restaurant and is known throughout Europe as one of the great restauranteurs! At the end of your meal, he comes out and thanks you for coming, a worn, gentle, tanned face, wrinkled by the sun. He is tiny, has very happy eyes, and based on the history of this town, I am sure he has many stories to tell. Families were dining all around us and celebrating, christenings, birthdays - life! It is traditional here for families to dine out on Saturdays and Sundays, not bad! We followed custom and had our main meal at lunch (2:00)! We shared a Carpaccio appetizer with Shaved Parmesan, Truffles and Arugula. Tony for his course, and those who know him well can visualize his face, loved his Mediterranean Grilled Fish, I had delicious Lamb Chops and for dessert we shared Coconut Cake and for Tony Espresso ! Of course wine, a Rioja! We are more than satisfied!

The sea was blowing up a bit but with every curl and unfurling of the crest you could see that beautiful turquoise. The sand like the French River but not as fine. I loved watching the water. Tony loves the mountains. I think with us, it is your memories growing up that pulls you to land or sea. Thought Tony was all about water being from Sicily until I saw where he was born and in its own beauty it is all about rock and mountain, and well, you know what Guelph looks like! I appreciate that I grew up surrounded by water, it is peaceful. Tony is appreciative of the water he has come to know - especially since he got his boat! This holiday gives us both!
On the way home a more meandering route, not by choice, but in the right direction! Jim - Tony needs your navigation, somehow mine is not so trusted! I am sending return passage to you, and bring Donna, lots of room!  To hell with the rest of your family vacation!

 We picked up more wine, water and wood, a night fire is nice. Tony is sleeping now (missed his Siesta) so I have this time to put my thoughts to paper while still fresh in my mind!

I understand spring is creeping in at home which is nice to hear, March Break is upon you all. If you are travelling, be safe and enjoy! Thank you for reading my crazy thoughts, for your comments. I do ramble and that will never change....

Note to self - learned in 1974, never wallpaper with Tony, learned in 2013, never be the navigator if you can help it, even if you are holding a GPS, you will be wrong! Not bad after 39 years of marriage! Keep smiling, I have known that from the beginning!

Love to all,

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Jenny on

I am in Florida (loving my first trip)...I am reading everything in your blog and am visualizing the tense and happy moments and I can only imagine some of the language that flew during your "navigation challenges"
-I have seen lots of "Tony" boat here at Indian Shores....looking forward to your next blog

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