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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.

 

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!

 

BENIDORM, SPAIN

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I had a week away in Benidorm with my friend Corinne, the weather was fantastic and the whole place was buzzing.  It was so good to see it like it was a few years ago, no empty buildings and people in all the bars and restaurants.  They will have a super summer that will make up towards the loss over the last few years.

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This new way of renting places to stay in from weekends to long holidays is proving very popular in Europe at the moment.  It is so much cheaper than hotels and normally a better deal than B&B or guest houses.  We had an apartment that had everything in it you would need in fact it is like home from home, one bedroom with twin beds plus a sofa bed in lounge, fully equipped kitchen and even a washing machine so you don’t have to take dirty clothes home.  A nice balcony to enjoy a sangria and if you get too hot just pop the air conditioning on.

Plus the use of the pool, which was the only thing that lacked something which was sun loungers, we even had the pool to ourselves most days.  We were 200 metres from the beach plus many bars and shops in our road.

We made our own Paella one night and Sangria, very tasty.  Then at the airport I found the seasoning so I will be making my own at home plus the sangria and ali oli, I love that with bread and olives.

Our favourite drink was the strawberry and lime Kopperberg with lots of ice.

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Opposite our apartment there was an Indian restaurant and kebab house so we popped over for a meal one night, I have to say it was one of the best I have tasted, the service was brilliant and everything was so clean.

A brilliant time was had by us both, it was nice to sit in the sun and chill with no noisy neighbour shouting constantly.  Our host Sarah was lovely and met us as soon as we got there and gave us a tour and the keys, if we had of hired a car there was even parking by the apartments.  I love the atmosphere of Benidorm and the Spanish so I am sure I will be back again soon.  With just a two-hour flight which we got for £60 return each it is a cheap get away, I don’t really like flying so a short flight is perfect for me.

Then we bring the sun home with us so my holiday mood continues.

 

ONE LOVE MANCHESTER

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If you are not watching this then make sure you take a look on-line when you are free.  What a concert, there are no words to describe how good this is, you can feel the atmosphere and the love that is in Manchester tonight.  The amount of stars that gave up their time to come here for this are amazing, then you also have the tributes from many other stars that wanted to say a few words.

Britain is recovering from last night in London so this really came at a good time as many people needed reminding not to fear or hide away, we will not be beaten.  My heart goes out to the many that have died in the three terror attacks here, many others are still in hospital.  Our thoughts are with the many families that are suffering from these cruel, cowardly attacks.

#OneLoveManchester

 

MASQUERADE BALL NOVEMBER 2017

I know November is a few months away but you need to get your tickets now for this amazing masquerade party.

The indie book community is… well, let’s face it, bloody brilliant! And come the end of the year when authors have released their book(s), bloggers have helped promote, and readers have read, wouldn’t it be nice if we could all get together and celebrate yet another fantastic year? Well, we can!
It’s time to dust off those dancing shoes and dress to impress for The End of Year Indie Masquerade Party.  Authors, forget about those book and swag orders, and readers and bloggers forget about those pre-order lists. It’s time to let your hair down and mingle as we celebrate the year of 2017.
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1868943793373312/

I have always wanted to go to a masquerade ball, how exciting.  On their Facebook page there is also a link for travel, hotels and transport so you have all the information you need at your fingertips.  Also with the new B&B type places to stay on airbnb your stay over will be relatively cheap so more money to spend on your outfit, oh and don’t forget your mask.

 

EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY 2017

The grandchildren have had a busy couple of weeks, I love to hear about what they are doing.  Jade celebrated her 15th birthday with one of her presents being another trip to London to see her favourite singer Ollie Murrs with her Mum.

She also spent a day with her pony riding along the beach and a family meal in the local pub which I did manage to go to.

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One of my friends Carol spent a month in Australia visiting her daughter and husband who live on 10 acres of grape vines.  I asked her before she went if she could get me a fridge magnet as I collect them from places I go and bless her she remembered and got me a pink one, I was so pleased with it as forgot when I lived there.

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My eldest daughter got her new hot tub up and running not being able to wait for husband Darren to build pagola so up went the gazebo and it did the job and looked excellent.

Children had far too many eggs but enjoyed the hunts and eating of them.  All back to school tomorrow and that’s another holiday over, next one is the end of  May.