day 113 to 119 Caiscais Portugal to La Herradura, Spain

 

Harry & Emma on the beach on New Years day

Harry & Emma on the beach on New Years day

day 119 La Herradura, Spain

New Years Day, 1st January 2011.  A nice slow paced day.  [The Williams Residence, La Herradura] 

La Herradura Beach

La Herradura Beach

day 118 La Herradura, Spain

New Years Eve, 31st December 2011.  Today we had a Christmas day. Sue did a great lunch and we opened our presents. We had a great Moroccan Tagine (cooking pot) to use whilst travelling, can’t wait to give it a go.

New Years Eve on the Terrace Jimmy & Vicky's

New Years Eve on the Terrace Jimmy & Vicky's

Then we saw the new year in with Jimmy and Vicky and nipped over afterwards to Antonio’s for a drink.  [The Williams Residence, La Herradura] 

Almuneca

Almuneca

day 117 – La Herradura, Spain

30th December 2011.  This was a great time for Chris to catch up with Harry and his Dad, while I had the chance to do all the washing, and give Christina a good clean up. Loli’s coat has grown long for the winter, so its much harder keeping it all clean these days, but I don’t want to have her clipped as she’ll need it for when we go skiing later in the year.

Best tapas on the Costa Tropical

Best tapas on the Costa Tropical

We all had chance for another visit to Almuneca and do tapas again at Restaurante la China Romeloda, best tapas on the Costa Tropical.  [The Williams Residence, La Herradura] 

Palicio Episcopal, Cordoba

Palicio Episcopal, Cordoba

day 116 – Cordoba to La Herradura, Spain

29th December 2011.  After leaving the campsite we parked up near the University and walked back into the old town from the direction of the river this time. It was great to see Cordoba from another perspective, and made us realise that you probably need to spend a week here. We ambled past the Royal Stables, and Fortress of the Christian Kings, through the Jewish Quarter.

Puerta del Puente and Puente Romano

Puerta del Puente and Puente Romano

We lingered for photos at the Bridge gate and the Roman Bridge. The day just whizzed by and after lunch we made our way back to Christina, and on to La Herradura.

Dinner at the Williams residence, La Herradura

Dinner at the Williams residence, La Herradura

By 9pm we were at Sue and Martins enjoying homemade mousakka, yum!  [The Williams Residence, La Herradura] 

Cathedral-Mosque at Cordoba

Cathedral-Mosque at Cordoba

day 115-  Cordoba, Spain

28th December 2011. Today we did Cordoba the Spanish way.  We were well positioned to walk into the old historic part of the City, and headed straight for the Cathedral. This is probably the most interesting, fascinating and unusual cathedral we have visited so far, or I have ever seen.

Moorish Arches in the Mosque

Moorish Arches in the Mosque

This Cathedral is on the original site of the Saint Vincent Basilica, which was destroyed during the Islamic occupation and rule. It was destroyed to make way for the mosque which now still stands here today. Building started in 785 and then over time was extended and enhanced by the three successive Islamic rulers. Finally in 1236, when Cordoba was re-conquered a Cathedral was built in the middle of this mosque. So what is left today is basically a Cathedral inside 4 layers of Mosques.

The awesome interior

The awesome interior

What can you do after a long morning of culture? If you are with Chris it has to be time to stop for a “cheeky coffee” and then a slow wander back to Christina for a siesta (or a “fiesta” as Chris keeps calling it).

So early evening in true Spanish style, we did the shopping thing, in a big way, and then moved on to a few bars for a little drinkie or two before dinner.

El Pisto

El Pisto

Our final, and best, stop was at Taberna San Miguel (fondly know as El Pisto), one of the city’s most legendary bars, over 100 years old. Chris and I tried the local drink; mantilla, which seemed like a cross between a white wine and a very dry sherry. To eat I had the rabo de torro (ox tail) which was wonderful, but we all had dish envy when it came to Chris’s another local speciality pigs cheeks. Sadly he didn’t want to share. This was a wonderful meal and thanks to Julie, Emma’s mum, as it was on her. [Camping Munciple.  ‘El Brillante’, Av. Del Brillante 50, 14012 Cordoba, N37.90002, W4.78733]. 

Chris, Harry & Emma

Chris, Harry & Emma

day 114 – Malaga to Cordoba, Spain

27th December 2011.  We were up and away early this morning and picked up Harry (Chris’s youngest son) and Emma his girlfriend. It was so nice to see them both again, but it was especially nice to see Chris and Harry together; Chris hasn’t seen Harry since last July when Harry went on a 3 month holiday to Australia.

Our Christmas Prezzies from Daisy & Mark

Our Christmas Prezzies from Daisy & Mark

It was another long drive then to Cordoba, not the hour Chris had initially anticipated. We booked into our campsite, way the most expensive so far, and definitely not the best! We were all tired from the travelling and so just had dinner at the van tonight and played “Pigs”, and cards. Emma was the sneaky winner of all rounds. Be warned do not play against this girl for money, you could loose your shirt!  [Camping Munciple.  ‘El Brillante’, Av. Del Brillante 50, 14012 Cordoba, N37.90002, W4.78733].  NOTE: You don’t have much choice in Cordoba as this was in walking distance of the town centre but it was expensive, they were inflexible and the Wi-Fi was at a café down the street].

Loli helping!

Loli helping!

day 113 – Caiscais Portugal to Malaga Spain

Boxing day 26th December 2011. So this morning we had to pack up the Santa’s grotto and head out across Portugal to Malaga, from the picture you can see Loli helping us to pack, in her own little way. So it was a heart felt goodbye to Jacquie, Marc, Julie, Jason, and not forgetting little Charlie. Who knows when we will all meet up again. The journey was much longer than Chris had planned for and it took a lot of hours to get to the outskirts of Malaga. We passed a lot of beautiful scenery through Portugal, and both agreed that we are looking forward to returning and exploring here further. Chris had planned for us to stay in a parking Aire, he’d found on a database we use. So despite being tired and stiff from the constant driving we pushed on, but were devastated to find that it wasn’t there on our arrival. The area looks as it has been through some recent building developments, and I guess that was end of the Aire. I think its fair to say we were a bit short and snappy with each other by this point, it was dark, late and all 3 of us had had enough. So we just parked where we stopped in the street and made camp for the night. Was it a problem, noisy or safe? We have no idea, we just slept thorough.  [Av de Malaga, Fuente de Piedra, N37.137250, W4.727864]

 

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1 comment to day 113 to 119 Caiscais Portugal to La Herradura, Spain

  • claire jones

    Hi to a fellow motorhomer.What a great life style you have and a good attitude to go with it.We full timed for 13 years, and still would be if i did not decide i wanted an adress that was mine (or rather rented) We have travelled on the continent for the last 5 years and loved reading your blogs of where you have been and we will be Loli spotting from now on. We proberly have seen you around in spain and Portugal. We are know planning a trip to Tunisia It is motorhome friendly and we are doing our homeworkfor ferry crossings. hope to see you on the road claire and jim jones.Hymer 534 Lalapanzi.

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