Showing posts with label rest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rest. Show all posts

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Something good for England after Brexit?

I have a good idea after Brexit why don't we stop European players playing in the English Premier Football League. That way we may be able to develop some good players to play for England. After last night's pathetic performance against German's reserves. Shocking!
Let me know if you agree.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Atrekinthesun's Instagram Top 10 Photos of 2016

We share a lot of our photos from our travels and hikes on Instagram. Here are some notable photos from our adventures during 2016.

Number 10

In April we travelled down to Torre del Mar in our Motorhome and stayed on at a very nice campsite there. It is a great base for some serious walking in the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. In this photo, we were on our way up to Pico Cielo (1508 metres) and looking down on Nerja. Read more about our adventures on this trip here.

Number 9

We had a belated Valentine's trip to Cabo de Gata (late because the hotel that we stayed in didn't open until just after Valentine's day). The hotel was Cortijo El Paraiso and was very nice if you like being in the middle of nowhere, within walking distance of the mountains and superb beaches. In this shot we were walking on a track high in the mountains and for some reason, someone had built this structure either side of the track and if you look closely you will see what looks like a golf ball waiting to be hit, but in fact, it is an observatory far away in the distance. More adventures here

Number 8

In September the weather where we live in Southern Spain was starting to cool down so we decided to make a trip to the coast to walk up Rio Chillar (you literally do have to walk in the river itself). So our walking group plus two dogs (one who hates water) made the journey and had a great time. In the photo, we are having a cooling dip in one of the pools along the river. More here.

Number 7

In April we took our walking group to the beautiful area of Dehesa de Hondonero just outside the village of Villanueva del Rosario. This is a beautiful area for walking with some fantastic views and high mountains with Pico Chamizo being the highest at 1640 metres. Today we were only walking up the valley to the cave of Toma y Bebe and back. In the photo, we are looking towards Pico Chamizo from the valley floor. More here.

Number 6

At the beginning of April, we went to Malaga and found some great street art very close to the Port of Malaga. This is well worth a visit if you ever make a trip to Malaga. In the photo is one of the many examples of Urban Street Art in Malaga. More photos here.

Number 5

In mid-September, we visited the Caminito del Rey for the second time with friends. This is a fantastic experience where you walk along a spectacular walkway high above the river at the bottom of the gorge. This used to be one of the most dangerous walkways in the world but has been refurbished recently and is now very safe. It is a must to visit if you are holidaying in this part of Southern Spain. In the photo is one of the many spectacular views on the walk. Full story here.

Number 4

In June we made our first trip to Northern Portugal in our Motorhome and had a wonderful time. The campsites were really good and the people so friendly. We did not get to Porto as the weather was not too good. So we will have to go again sometime. More here.

Number 3

October saw our first adventure to Lanzarote. We were not sure what to expect but had a great time exploring the island. The island is not too big and if you hire a car you can take in all the spectacular sites in one week. In the photo is part of the home once owned by Omar Sharif, who lost it in a card game. See our experiences here.

Number 2

In February we finally got it together to visit Madrid. We flew from Malaga to Madrid and spent 4 days touring the city. It is a beautiful city with many things to see and lots of great restaurants to eat. In the photo, this was guarding the entrance to one of the many magnificent buildings in the city. Madrid.

Number 1

The highlight of our year was our trip to Croatia. It nearly didn't happen as the day before we were due to fly out there I had an accident on my bike, but the hospital patched me up (not a pretty sight) and off we went. We flew into Venice and picked up a hire car from where we drove into Croatia via Slovenia. During the two weeks we spent there we had some really great experiences travelling from the North down South almost to Split. The people and accommodation were fantastic. Two weeks was not long enough to see everything so we are planning to return, this time in the motorhome starting in the South and driving North. In the photo, is one of the many lakes we saw on our journey. Croatia by car.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Great turnout for charity walk for Mind

Great turnout on Sunday 11th September for the charity walk for Mind. We had about 20 people and half a dozen dogs for both the walks in Spain and a good turnout for two walks in the UK. A BIG thank you to Cyril and Chris Deeming & Jeff Parkes in Spain and Nicole Deeming and Richard Lenton & Elaine Reynolds in the UK for organising the walks from which we raised a grand total of £1007. Also, thank you all for joining us on the walks and/or making generous donations to Mind.
If you couldn't make the walk but would still like to donate click here

Some of the walkers at Hartshill Hayes

Sunrise at Crooks Peak, Somerset

Crooks Peak, Somerset

Crooks Peak, Somerset

Crooks Peak, Somerset

Almost there

If you are interested in having a walking holiday in Spain Click here

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Tour de Northern Portugal

Sightseeing tour of Caceres today after an uneventful start to our tour of Portugal. It is a very nice city and we walked into the old part where there were some lovely old buildings, we got there early and avoided the busloads of sightseers.
Big Issue

We then drove to Valencia de Alcantara which is only 7 k from the Portuguese border. When we arrived in the village we found free parking on the edge but there were no other cars there. Walking into the centre we thought it was a bit strange that all the bars were closed at 2:30 pm. We only saw 4 people who looked like tourists. Went to look at the castle which was next to a massive church with storks nesting on top, closed like most churches after 2pm. Went up to the castle which wasn't bad and from the battlements, we saw some tables and chairs and went down to find a very nice modern bar where we had a lovely coffee for only a euro.

Nice bar for a coffee

Stork City

Drove into Portugal, without a map on our Satnav. Managed to find the campsite Camping Lake Portugal at Alverangel combining small and toll roads, could not find out how to pay the tolls. The campsite was nice but did not seem ready for the season as the restaurant was not open and one of the toilet blocks was closed. Could be really nice but a lot of work to do. Went to Tomar today and visited the castle which was really fabulous and well worth a visit.

Afterwards called in at a bar for coffee and a sandwich and finally managed to download the map of Portugal after about 5 attempts, so had no trouble finding our next campsite in Nazare at Vale Paraiso Natur Park. It was quite big and we chose a plot but the electric hookup did not work, fortunately, a nice Swiss man on the next plot let us plug into his electricity. The leisure battery felt very hot so we turned everything off.
The next day after breakfast, we walked into the centre of Nazare which was about 2 kilometres from the campsite. It was an old town with streets that looked very Spanish. We arrived at the beach which was beautiful and had a coffee then walked to the marina and back before going up the funicular to Sitio and Scoobie had to go in a cage.
Museum of fishing boats at Praia do Norte,Nazare
Scoobie on the Funicular
View from the Funicular
We thought this was a joke see this

It was nice when we got there but we could not find the monastery that we were hoping to visit. So we made our way back to the campsite and reconnected the electric and eventually the leisure battery got hot again. We disconnected it and decided to leave it and get it fixed when we got home. We had a takeaway of salad and chips for dinner that night from the site restaurant and it was really good value.
Drove to Sierra da Estrela to do a bit of walking we could not find the first campsite after driving down narrow roads into a river valley near Oliveira do Hospital. We tried to find another one the other side of Oliveira eventually found it after following a signpost to an abandoned campsite along a dirt track. The campsite Toca da Raposa, was really nice even though the track to the pitches was very narrow. We did a walk to the nearest village to the site, Meruge, where we had a coffee then made up a route back along the valley to the campsite. Had some lunch then went for a dip in the pool which was a little cold for us. Had a meal in the campsite restaurant which was really nice  they made their own veggie burgers and it cost next to nothing.
Great campsite
Bar on the campsite
Campsites dog Scooby about 5 times bigger than our Scoobie

The next day we drove further into the mountains of Serra de Estrela trying to find a campsite in the town of Manteigas, eventually found a municipal one just outside the town next to a dry ski slope, which was not as good as the ones we had been staying on but it only cost 11 euros instead of 17, so can't complain. It was a lovely base for walking and we went for a small 5k walk to the nearest hamlet.
Nice little walk for a coffee

The next day we went for a lovely 10k walk along forest tracks.
Broom in full bloom
Scoobie enjoying the new surroundings

Drove to Guarda to another municipal campsite which had a 4.1  rating out of 5 so we thought that it should be ok, but it was even worse than the one the night before. Walked a little way from the site to buy some provisions and found a bread shop that did pizzas as well so that was tonight's dinner.
Walked into town to see the sights. Some nice sculptures and worth a visit.
Should have stopped the diet ages ago
Bad hair day
Portuguese street art

We decided to have a day driving, we went towards Braga and stopped at Arco de Baulhe looking for Campismo Arco Unipessoal, LDA. We could not find the campsite but asked in a bar and they kindly drove their car and we followed. The street down to the campsite was very narrow and we only just managed to get down. On the way, we meet a couple who said that the campsite was full but we decided to continue anyway as there was no room to turn around. When we arrived the owner said that he was full but we could stay in a position for people that arrived late and if someone left the next day we could go in their plot or we would have to leave. Later in the day the owner told us that there was a pitch available for one day so in the morning we moved down to it. After setting up we tied Scoobie to a tree and put our table and chairs out. A few minutes later we noticed a dead rat which wasn't there before we think that Scoobie must have killed it. We went for a lovely walk from the campsite into the countryside then back into the village, then had a swim in the pool to cool down.
Water everywhere

We left the campsite the next day and the owner went up ahead of us to stop any traffic coming down the narrow road from the village.
Got on our way to our next campsite Parque de Campismo de Entre Ambos-os-Rios, Lugar de Igreja. Took the motorway which was a lot faster and arrived safely at a nice campsite on a lake settled in then went for a walk which they told us was 7 kilometres. We took enough water for the duration, but it ended up 13 kilometres luckily we found a font when the water ran out. The campsite had a really nice restaurant Adega do Artur where we tried out the local fair of cod and vegetables and the local wine which we drank in pots like soup dishes, both the food and wine were different but nice.
Official Portuguese wine taster
Just across the road from the campsite ideal for Canoes

We left the next morning just as loads of children arrived with canoes, think the site would have been very busy. Made our way to the coast and our next campsite at Parque de Campismo do Paco in Vila Praia de Ancora. It was a very nice campsite that had everything that we needed and was only 11 euros a night. Went for a little walk to the beach which was only about a mile away. Lovely beach, good for surfing. Had a nice walk over the dunes along a boardwalk to a bar where we treated ourselves to ice creams. Next day we walked to the beach again but turned right and ended up in the town of Ancora where we walked along the promenade then had a coffee at a beachside bar.

Went back to the site had dinner then watched the England football team underperform against Russia in the European championship.
Left the site the next day and drove towards Porto stopping at campsite Parque de Campismo Sol de Vila Char in Vila do Conde. The site was on the coast and only had a few pitches left. After we had set up we walked the few hundred metres to the beach which had lovely sand but was quite rocky. Walked along the boardwalk again through some really nice bits and some rough bits and had a beer at a beachfront bar. Got ready to go out for a meal tonight. The wine was good but we didn't like the fish dish, not fresh but salted cod and too much oil.

Nice garden wall

Drizzling when we got up so after we checked the weather forecast for the next few days we went to plan c. Skipped the visit to Porto and a trip along the river Duero and drove to Evora to do some sightseeing. The campsite Orbitur Evora was ok and it had stopped raining but WiFi on the site was not working. The site had nice facilities including a swimming pool which we used a couple of times.
When we left the previous campsite we should have handed in a card that identified our registration, but we could not find it. When we were getting some salad out of the fridge for our meal we found the cards in the fridge!!!!
Walked into the centre of Evora today and spent a few hours taking in the sights. Which included the Cathedral, the Roman Temple, Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones).

Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones)

It then started raining so we decided to make our way home. It was too far to drive in one trip so when we got back into Spain we were looking for a small village where we could have a meal and stay the night. We eventually decided on El Garrobo on the N-433 just before Sevilla. We found a nice place to park up for the night opposite a bar where we had a very nice meal, then went to another bar for a beer before retiring for the night.

Drove home early the next day without a satnav, not a good idea when you have to go around a big city like Sevilla, got stuck in a traffic jam for a bit but eventually got around the city and no problems after that.