Well before I start this blog I want to firstly send all our love to our friends Kevin and Jan from Cabopino, we received sad news that they’ve had to return to the UK, we’re thinking of them and wish them a very safe trip back. As ordered to do so, by them, we are going to continue enjoying Spain (a little bit more on their behalf)
And so after a quick stroll around the camp-site last night and finding large, piping hot showers and good general facilities along with an aviary full of sweet, singing birds, we’ve decided to stay another night.
With this in mind, we did some of research (parking, what to see etc.) into a town nearby called Nerja. Parking was an absolute doddle, a massive car park very close to the town centre so off we went, we didn’t even need the buggy for Charlie. We set off to find the Balcon de Europa (The balcony of Europe). I had envisaged a massive hill climb but no, it was easy to get to and in fact not as high as I had imagined. The views were stupendous. Absolutely stunning. The location of the balcony was originally the site of the 9th century watchtower, it is now a meeting place for locals and a draw for tourists who come to admire the views and on a day like today, we were spoilt!
Charlie managed the walk really well, we have this lovely little travel bowl for him that was given to us by a dear friend in the UK and it has been invaluable, thank you Pearl, you’re a star. It goes on every trip with us, along with a bottle of water and it gets used every day. The funny thing is that no matter how many times we use it, Charlie still sticks his snozzle into it before we’ve put the water in and looks confused when there’s none in there!!!
After a lovely stroll around Nerja, which is a beautiful town, white washed houses, little winding streets, beautiful promenades along the coast, we sat and had a coffee, just watching the people go about their day. What was most surprising was the amount of English people, every single person sat at the cafe was English!!!
Leaving Nerja we continued along the N340a, which is the original old coast road and gives views that take your breath away, time and time again.
We headed for the El Aguila Aquaduct (The Eagle Aqueduct), now this is big. It’s 40 metres high and 90 metres wide! And for those of you who like facts it has 37 arches! It was built at the end of the 19th Century to transport water to the sugar factory on the outskirts of Nerja.
Today is the 5th of January and tomorrow is a Bank Holiday here in Spain, it’s Epiphany or over here the Day of the Three Kings. It’s the equivalent of Christmas for Spanish children, it’s tonight they put out their shoes as we hang out our stockings on Christmas Eve. Bearing this in mind and knowing the shops would be closed tomorrow, we hunted down the local Lidl with the help of our stupid Sat Nav lady and did a massive shop. We bought everything we need for at least 3/4 days and it cost 60 Euros!!! That includes all the usual, including meat, pasta, bread, cold meats, some fresh fish and most importantly two bottles of Rose wine, crisps and Haribo sweeties, so that’s me happy!!
A tradition over here is to eat ‘Kings Cake’ which is a circular, French brioche type of cake, filled with cream, and covered with beautifully, vibrant coloured fruit, sugar etc. In the cake is a ‘feve’ (a broad bean in this case) a little bit like the sixpence in our Christmas Pudding. The person that gets the ‘feve’ wears the crown!!! I won the crown and so am now a Queen for the day!! And so my dearest subject, the hubster, will be at my beck and call for the next 24 hours! (ie cooking, washing-up, washing, cleaning, driving) so just a normal day for him really. I’m so glad he has a sense of humour.
What we didn’t realise is that it is traditionally eaten on the 6th of January, and we’ve already eaten half of it!!!