Friday, 24 June 2016

Alicante

We firmly settle ourselves here at Casa Rudo and begin to explore our neighbourhood
Alicante is around 24km away so we take Fozz there a couple of times to see what the city has to offer


A little like Malaga in appearance we think with an impressive Marina and boulevard



The flaw here is those market stalls acting as a magnet for the freshly arrived Nina…
Within minutes a very nice inexpensive dress was purchased which she left on as she said she was just too hot in what she came in..


A meander around a few back streets and a 'sherbert' later the Castle presented itself towering over the city below
Groans from the sweating tourists were followed by some intensive map searching on Maps.me to see if there's another way up there in this heat


Bingo!
A long cool tunnel is located and for a small fee we take the interior lift up through the rock


Oh No!
It looks like the Playmobil Community Fire Safety event has turned ugly, pesky kids!


Panoramic views up here and about two degrees cooler which is welcomed



The distant Bullring


'Sweaty Bettys'


Cooling off in her new dress...


These guys litter the place looking for trouble


That Marina



Go on I dare you!



You'll have someone's eye out!



Back down at sea level locals & tourists alike enjoy the local beaches


On both trips we enjoy several visits to the ubiquitous Tapas bars, and super value they are


There's a festival this week in Alicante and the streets are getting rigged out for some serious music, dancing and eating frenzies


No wonder then that I'm still suffering with 'Spanish Tummy'
The food looks nice enough but its all luke warm, open to the elements (flies) and its dead easy to drop a cigarette butt or wrist watch in to these strategically placed dishes. The keen eye will notice also there's no running water either. The Spanish are probably long since immune to our 'Northern" OCD but to a guy with 'the trots' its plainly obvious you eat at your peril here...
During our wander round we saw loads of these stalls setting up and roads closed for 'Fiesta Time'




This was our treat of the day, chocolate moose atop some tarty raspberries


What's left of that Armada


Some easy fishing to be had in the harbour




I really fancy a go on one of these




Our second trip to Alicante was rounded off nicely with these beauties (€10.00 for the G & T) sat watching the boats bobbing in the harbour and slowly cooking in the shade of a marina bar

We topped it off with a visit to the local Indian Restaurant on our return to Fozz and enjoyed a really nice meal surprisingly and our thoughts turned to the UK and its impending 'Brexit Vote'