We've embraced the 'Slow' philosophy as a way of life - what's the hurry?. Taking time to smell the roses (usually on a glass of Viognier) is more our style. Having spent more then 3 years on the road, slow travel has become a way of life. We have revised our plans completely and now focus on quality, not quantity, slowly.
Well, we do! In fact we walked to this lovely coastal town from our campsite in
Los Escullos at Cabo de Gata. We did a brilliant 10km coastal walk to San Jose
for our last Sunday lunch in Spain. The walk home was a bit slower.
San Jose in the distance
I digress as usual. As you may remember we had a second date
in Sevilla with our Texan friends which was of course great fun, and yes we
showed them our favourite eating and drinking spots. Lawrence first met John in
Tibet in 1987.
Bulls and Texans
At Plaza de Espana
From there we drove back up to Las Alpujarras for some
mountain walking and general exploration. We’d done the western end with the
Bimobil gang late last year but I really wanted to see the rest of the region and
do some decent hill walking. The weather had different ideas. It was so cold outside
that after about 5 minutes I was starting to lose my general good humour. So, we
spent 2 nights up there and saw the area but couldn’t see us doing any serious
walking. So, after leaving the highest campsite in Spain (allegedly) at 1,560m,
we whizzed back to coast and that is how we found ourselves at Cabo de Gata.
Snow in the Alpujarra
Trevelez - apparently the highest town in Spain (from the campsite)
This region has been recommended to us by many people along
the way and fitted into our plans. Sadly we had to drive through ‘poly tunnel
land’ to get there. However the weather was great and we did some fantastic
walks. This was really our last place hanging out in Spain before heading north
Last night was spent in a dreary resort type place, a ghost
town in winter. There was a ‘rally group’ there and we wondered why – what
would they do? The bar was set up for Karaoke, so we fled.
I really think someone needs to come up with a way of
combing Line Dancing with Bingo or Karaoke. It could be a spectator sport –
with enough gin.
So tonight we are back in our first ever campsite in Spain! That
was November 2011, a mere 3 years and 3 months ago. Blimey, we never thought
we’d be back here. It’s just south of Barcelona, and we’ll head in tomorrow. We’ll
have a final late lunch in the city and then head to the ferry.
Next stop, Italy (after 20 long hours on a ferry).
PS: I‘ve just looked back over the last few posts and there
does seem to be maybe a few too many photos of us eating and drinking! We do
cook - honest guv. Anyway, once we hit ‘the trail’ there’ll be no more highlife. Will be
good thing for the purse and pants.
Sorry - one more food photo of last Sunday lunch in San Jose.