The care package turned up from the UK so we set off for our next stop.  After almost three weeks in one spot, the food and drinks mines were starting to look sparse, so it was a trip to the Eroski and stock up on groceries.  Then fill up diesel and LPG tanks, which were also starting to get low. “Get low” is anything less than 50% due to T range anxiety – must be his inner ‘prepper’.

And then it was 100km along the coast and a bit inland to Granada (, home of the famous Alhambra.  After servicing the van and shopping, it was after 4pm when we arrived in Granada, just enough time for a snack washed down with San Miguel.

Granada was a lot cooler than Malaga.  We have come about 90 km inland and up into the Sierra Nevada mountains.  The first night it was zero degrees at night and around 8 in the daytime. There is a very stark difference when out walking depending on whether you are on the sunny side of the street or in shade.  I guess skiers get this all the time – but it’s new for us.

Our two day stop turned into four days.  We could easily have spent twice as long in Granada and still not seen everything. Granada has a very painless tram and bus system.  All journeys are the same price so as tourists – it’s really painless – London take note! By the fourth day we were on advanced lessons – using the same electronic ticket for two people and then reloading it for the journey back!

Visiting the cathedral was a mixed bag – the Cathedral itself was amazing, probably the most impressive we have seen, but there are attached churches and a museum and you have to pay for each so it felt like a bit of a con.  Nevertheless, we were glad to have seen them.

The Alhambra ( is an arabic fort and palace dating back to around 900AD.  It was a day all to itself. Wonderful – although like the Cathedral there were numerous ticket bolt-ons that felt like a swizz, but as the tickets were not that dear, it was not big issue.

On the last day we used the tram to visit the science centre ( .  There is something for everyone.  Especially impressive was the Biodomo, which incorporated aquatic and mammalian life in a clever and seamless way.  You start off in an aquarium complex with small tanks on the outside and looking inward to two large tanks including sharks and alligators as well as rays and the standard rainbow of fishes.

Then you wind your way gradually up until you are level with some otters, and then you are overland with birds and lemurs.  At this point you realise that the pools of water you are looking down over are the sharks and alligators and they have been landscaped above ground too – unusual.  And also quite odd to be on a walkway above sharks and alligators. The high point of the day were the four ring tailed lemurs that were just sitting on the walkway.

Next, the Spanish Red Arrows!

Malaga part 2

Wow – So it’s now been four months since we left blighty!  We can’t believe the time has gone by so fast – and we have not covered three countries yet!  Well, four countries if you count British Overseas Territories! We have been settled in Malaga, next to the beach, waiting for a care package from the UK, and planning out the next few months – including a trip to the UK for family visits, festivals and motorhome servicing.  It will be after brexit so let us know if you need special orders bringing back – food, drink, German cars, polish cleaners, energy etc.

We wanted to note down some highlights and low-lights from the 2018 part of the tour.

T says his favourite places so far have been Porto, Lisbon and the Caminito del Rey. S says that she loved Porto and rediscovering cycling, at La Rochelle.  We both agree that the low points have been missing family and T damaging the bottom of the van trying to get up the hill to visits the Grutas at Mira de Aire.

Superglue has sorted the van, and Skype has been a boon keeping in touch with the family, especially regular calls with our son holding the fort back at home.   The separation from family was especially difficult over festive period – xmas day Skype was wonderful but also managed to increase the sense of separation somehow.

We didn’t quite have the tech together to enjoy the Queen’s speech (or Danny Dyer’s for that matter!) but we’ve splashed out on wifi internet and have been downloading shows to binge watch over the next couple of months and give us something more up to date than the hard drive full of movies that Charlie sorted out for us!

Christmas day was in the van, we found a good turkey joint, ready stuffed.  With spuds and veggies including sprouts it was passable. Note to selves: It is impossible to cook roast potatoes in the current oven – what we actually ate was boiled potatoes covered in oil.

Here are a few pictures of our time in Malaga.

Happy New Year!

Grey water tank flush. Happy New Year!

It’s not all rosé by the sea here. It’s time to flush out the grey water tank as it effing stinks. The grey water tank holds the water from the bathroom sink, the kitchen sink and the shower. After a while the washing up water makes the tank smell so it needs a proper flush out! One of the advantages of out motorhome is that we can get to the top of the tank and easily clean it. Welcome to 2019!