Spain and Portugal
|view from the balcony at night|
Sat: We stocked up at the local supermarket with the unlikely name of Eroski and later on went to the beach at Isla Canela for a coffee allowing Emma to practise her spanish. It became overcast and windy so we changed plans for staying on the beach and drove along to the harbour in Punta del Moral.
Our destination today was Monte Gordo, a former fishing village now a tourist resort with a casino. We ate a good lunch and Ben and Emma went for a swim while we looked after Freya.
On Monday we went to Islantilla to put Ben on the car hire insurance, but the branch had closed down. We witnessed a general strike protest rally consisting of a cavalcade of cars sporting flags and banners honking their horns. We had previously come across them at the golf complex. The visit wasn't entirely futile as we were able to purchase pizza and other bits for lunch. The kids went off to the beach and I went with Ronnie to play golf. More accurately, Ronnie played golf against an invisible opponent called Tiger Woods while I sat in the golf buggy reading Girl with Dragon Tattoo. Emma is reading the swedish version which is half the thickness of mine, but we reckon that it's because some swedish references need to be explained to non-swedish readers.
|walking gives Freya a hearty appetite|
On Thursday, Ronnie and I went to vila real de Santo Antonio by ferry while the kids went to the park in Ayamonte which boasts a zebra, tigers and, Freya's favourites, the parrots.
All too soon the holiday has come to an end. The sun tan will fade but our memories will remain.
The weather was terrible when we arrived in Leeds!