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HOLIDAY TIPS & FACTS ABOUT BENIDORM IN SPAIN

FINESTRAT BAY  I love this little bay.  My friend and I stayed here for 3 days full board for €75

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Alicante Spain, two-hour flight away from London, Gatwick UK it goes so quick and you can pick up for less than £60 return some months of the year.  Transfers to Benidorm costing about £6 each way makes it a relatively cheap break.  Benidorm attracts over five million tourists a year from many parts of the world but mainly Europe, it has 320 sunny days a year roughly so that is a huge attraction especially for us in Britain who suffer medically from the cold.  With 5 km of beaches you can pick to be in the hub of activity with nightclubs or a less active area with bars or even be in a real quiet part and with 150 hotels, 157 disco pubs, about 800 bars, 330 restaurants and 5 theme parks you have so much choice.  What is there not to like?

The Old Town is a must to visit with many small tapas bars tucked up little lanes with true spanish food, for the shoppers there are many, from one euro shops to expensive womans wear and luxury handbags and shoes, the spanish are very elegant when you see them out for their nightly stroll along the quiet beachfront or just sitting taking in the views and catching up with friends.

If you are eating out on a budget then you have to look for a “el menu del día” which is a menu of the day consisting of 3 courses, bread and a drink.  It is normally written on a chalk board outside the restaurant and can vary in price from as little as €7 per person so look out for the bargain meals served between 1pm & 4pm.  Some places do them all day and night so it is worth having a look round.

For the sun worshipers you can hire a sun bed on the beach for €4.50 a day but keep your ticket as you can move anywhere along the long stretch of beach which is very handy if you want to try somewhere different for lunch or a drink and then go down to the beach nearest you.  There are lifeguards all along the beaches so safe for the little ones, in fact it caters for all ages here as you can hire mobility scooters and many do as you will see them along the front. 

Keeping your windows closed and shutters or curtains closed during the day will keep your room/apartment cooler.  Buy the very large bottles of water to keep in your fridge as it is much cheaper.  If you are eating in some days then pop to a Masymas supermarket or a Mercadona as these will be cheaper than small shops along the many streets.  There is even an Iceland a very short bus ride away from Levante beach its a number 10 bus with all trips no matter where you go for €1.50 single.

You still get a beer for a euro in some bars and cocktails are about €5, full english start at about €4 and rising but check to see what it includes.

Market day is Tuesday which is Levante area, that has many bargains.

Another great deal breaker is that all mobile calls and texts now come out of your own data so no roaming charges from now. 

So there you have my tips for a great holiday in Benidorm, enjoy.

 

THE SECRET BY GILL PAUL – BOOK REVIEW

fullsizeoutput_d55I read this on my Kindle while away on holiday and it was great.  Very different from my usual type of book as this had history in it but it was all so very interesting that I could not put it down.  I loved the characters and was wishing for things to happen all the time. They say love conquers all and they are truly right.  From the start to the end this was so intriguing, so many barriers and hurdles that make you think it will all end badly but miracles do happen and even though this was not a happy ending it was in a way. Brilliantly written and I will be looking for more books by Gill Paul.

LOSING LEAH BY SUE WELFARE – BOOK REVIEW

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Sue sent me this her latest book to review as she knew I really loved her previous book, so I could not wait to get stuck into this on holiday. I wanted to go to bed and read this and it only took a couple of nights as I could not put it down.  How do these authors think up such brilliant plots and stories, I thought her last book was great but this was absolutely brilliant.  It had me guessing until the end and yes as usual I got it all wrong, well who would have thought it would turn out like this!

Characters were superbly described so you felt they were real and you could feel their pain and loss.  Even though I don’t know the area it still felt real and you could picture it all.  I love these thriller type books and cannot wait for the next one.

Well done Sue.

THE ART OF HIDING BY AMANDA PROWSE – BOOK REVIEW

This is a bit different from her usual stories but still enjoyable, by starting of with a death the lives of this family can only get better, even though they lose everything that they think is dear to them.  It shows that good things can come from bad things happening to you.  How you deal with life experiences make you into the person you become and sometimes we are taken of track which this story shows superbly.  Recovery and healing take time but this family do it all eventually and all become the better for it.

This very talented, amazing lady is one of my favourite authors with another best seller I am amazed at how quick she turns these novels out.

ELETO CHOCOLATE CAFE, FOLKESTONE

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What more could you require than a specialist chocolate cafe?  Well come to Folkestone as we have just that, newly opened this week and the talk of the town already. This was one place I could not wait to visit so when Billie suggested we go there for my birthday treat, I was a tad excited.

Upon entering you are struck by the vastness, chairs and tables with space round them and even some comfy sofas to relax on and enjoy your coffee.  Then when seated you are given the menu, wow, what a menu it takes a while to read it all and decide which chocolate dish to succumb to.  There are also some light bites that make it a perfect place for a quick-lunch while at work or shopping.

Every type of tea, coffee or chocolate you could wish for plus the usual cold drinks and then more, it even has a liqueur licence so a cheeky glass of Prosecco is an indulgence that goes so well with chocolate covered strawberries!

The crepe is light, ice-cream delicious in fact everything is wonderful as it is covered in chocolate.  Best deal I found was a coffee and croissant before eleven for £2.80 yes they have chocolate croissant, I’m having dreams about chocolate it really is the most amazing cafe I have been to, ever.

Opening early and closing late, also catering events this place has ticked all the boxes for a 5 * review.

 

HOT WEEK & FLOWERS EVERYWHERE!

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It was wonderful to come home to a garden full of flowers but the vine weed is not welcome and appears to be popping up everywhere, my granddaughter sent me a photo of my first roses, what a glorious colour pink they are.  I get a good dish full of strawberries most days and the carrots and beetroot are doing well.  The grape-vine has taken off, destination unknown!

It was my birthday on Monday and Kara took me to the pub for dinner, was the first time she has treated me to dinner so was great.  I got some lovely cards and presents and the sun was shining.

I am looking forward to Wednesday as that is the birthday lunch with my friends so will do a post about that next week.

It is nice to be home and even nicer that the weather is still so glorious here in Kent, it was still up to 31 in my garden today.  I like to just sit in it so not a lot of gardening has been attempted, in fact it is a good job Linda is coming home from Spain today as my front grass has not been done since she did it weeks ago.  I will be in her good books as I am picking her up from the airport tonight. LOL.

I need to get back into some writing as the local competitions are in the next couple of months, I appear to be very behind with all of my writing as couldn’t get into it at all for a few weeks at the beginning of the year as was not well.  It is very easy to get distracted when you are not focused, how do you keep on track or get back on track?

 

THE SUN BAR IN BENIDORM

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This was by our apartment and it had free wi-fi I could always remember her name as it was Karen lol.  A cute little bar that was always packed in the evenings.  Karen and her husband Miguel are so friendly and will always come and have a chat to you.  The coffee is really nice and you get it in a nice clean mug.

FILMING OF BENIDORM

We watched some of the filming one day as it was in the next street, very funny to watch but my they get so hot waiting about for the next take.

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Cocktails were always good but particularly in one bar near us where you could actually taste the alcohol.  My favourite was the blue one which was called The Swimming Pool!