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Gibraltar
11/12/2010

Looking down from the top of the rock, Marina Bay on the far right of picture with the western end of the runway. Roughly centre the container dock and north mole with part of the detached mole protruding in from the left.

Checking out Fuengirola
10/21/2010, La Linea

My long time friend Sarah and her husband John flew out to Spain to look at possible properties to buy and we were able to meet up one evening at Puerto Banus. We set off earlier in the day to investigate Fuengirola as a possible place to be lifted so Steve could do some maintenance on our prop seal and anti-foul the hull.

We had met Tim Gordon on our pontoon a few weeks ago and he used to work in the boatyard at Fuengirola and said that it was a good place as the guy in the office spoke English - always helpful and he had worked in the yard himself for a while, a recommendation is always useful. Also you can live aboard and work on your boat when it is out of the water which is rare in Spain as normally once it is lifted you wave it goodbye and are at their mercy! We questioned this at Ayamonte and were told that it is a health and safety issue - no comment! You can also work and live aboard at Gelves up the river Guadalquivir river near Seville. Fuengirola is a bit like Blackpool with more sun so did not appeal but the bars. Tim Gordon still does boat maintenance and is a useful man to know.

Sarah suggested we met in a bar overlooking the marina at Porto Banus - see picture. The marina is rather up market and there are some fabulous boats there, along with some classy shops like Jimmy Choo. We didn't end up in the bar as planned because a pint was 9.50e and we are poor sailors now!

The Flamenco Museum
10/05/2010, Serville

I was not sure if you were really supposed to take pictures so only took a couple. There were many beautiful paintings and sketches in a variety of styles using many different media.

Serville
10/05/2010

The Archbishop's Palace.

The cathedral
10/05/2010, Serville

Here is a picture Giraldo - Belfry built in the minaret style from the Moors.


Home via Seville
10/05/2010, Serville

We are home now collecting the car so we can take some gear out to the boat. Steve booked flights from Seville to Stansted as even with the bus fare to Seville and a night in a hotel it was cheaper then flying from Gib because flights from there would take us into Luton or Gatwick and it's awkward getting home from those terminals for us.

Seville was fantastic, a beautiful city and I would have liked more than a day there. The bus journey was 4 hours with a long stop halfway, unfortunately the air conditioning was broken and every time the driver turned it on the noise drowned the radio so he didn't bother much - we all melted!

We arrived at midday and went straight to the hostel, the owners were very helpful and the room was clean and basic - hence the cheap price. The hostel was perfectly positioned for visiting the city centre which was not too crowded, it not being the high season. We found a small café and had tapas for lunch and then I visited the Flamenco museum which was very modern and full of interactive displays. Steve gave it a miss, not a surprise but he has been known to watch "Strictly Come Dancing".

After that we wandered into the city to find the cathedral square, we passed many beautiful small churches on the way, there seemed to be one on every street. We stopped at a café overlooking the Giralda and I had an ice-cream sundae. Sadly all the tours round the cathedral were full and in the "off" season the Alcazar palace and gardens were closed - another time.

In the evening we went to an Argentinean restaurant recommended by the hotelier, the food was wonderful.

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