Santa Pola, holy mola!

Mortadelo y Filamón
Relaxing by reading Spain’s most famous comic: Mortadelo and Filamón.

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Video summary of a trip to our friends’ house in the modest fishing and beach village of Santa Pola.  Highlights include a day trip to Tabarca, an island once a refuge for pirates.  And meal after meal of arroz a banda, rice cooked in fish stock, a delicacy in Alicante province.  It’s definitely a cousin dish to Valencian paella but with fewer goodies and rice that seems a bit less sticky.



The City of Lights


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If you’re following on Facebook, you know that this has been a winter for us to remember.  From November through January, in addition to Paris we’ve made visits to Lisbon, Istanbul, and a month-long jaunt through India.

Over a long weekend in December we were able to score cheap flights to The City of Lights.  We had planned it a while back and only reconsidered for about two seconds after hearing about the terrorist attacks a few weeks earlier.

But in the end, logic and reason prevailed since living in fear is no way to go through life.

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Come and knock on our door


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Part of the magic of living where we do is walking the narrow, riverstone passageways we call streets and admiring all the different doors.  It’s like being in a storybook.  Doors of all shapes, sizes, and materials.  No two are the same.  It makes me want to to peek behind each one to see what lies beyond their oft-worn exteriors.

Here are just a few of examples that can be found within a few blocks of our home.

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Fun with Fallas

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As a follow-up to the last post that touched on our 4-day experience in Valencia for the Fallas celebration, I thought I’d include a few more photos of some of the more entertaining sculptures.

At the end, I’ve also embedded a video that I’m calling “Sounds of Las Fallas” to give you a sense of how festive the place is 24-hours a day.  I didn’t include the actual footage of what I captured at 3:00 am each morning, but it really isn’t that different from most of these day shots.

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A Portion of the Spanish Atlantic Coast

Sunset in El Palmar, Spain
Sunset in El Palmar

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Last October when my parents were visiting, we jumped in a car and headed west.  All the way to Spain’s most south-western coast along the Atlantic.  We only had a long weekend and it certainly wasn’t long enough to take in all of charming Cádiz or the expansive, *sand* beaches along the coast.

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