The Costa del Sol

Meaning the “Sunny Coast” or more literally, “Coast of the Sun” – they were not kidding, we have not seen a cloud in the sky! P1030828 From the Rock we took the local roads to the beachfront town of Marbella situated on the Mediterranean Sea, between Málaga (our next stop) and the Gibraltar Strait, in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca.

We arrived around 5:00 and checked in to a typical hotel and with several hours of sun we decided to walk the beach but quickly changed to the boardwalk and walk we did…  the boardwalk never stopped, but Alice did P1030616after a few miles with a blister you would not believe unless you know her.  Did you know you could pop a blister with your earring?  We sampled tapas (but a little too touristy) along the boardwalk as Alice hobbled back to the hotel – The British should not influence any food!  P1030626We selected a restaurant in Marbella’s’ old town, based on the short route from our hotel due to Alice’s ability or inability to walk due to the blisters from her flip flops – yes flip flops! I had the best red snapper cooked over an open fire.

Day two Puerto Banús.P1030643

The Golden Mile – a stretch of beach between Marbella and Puerto Banús, on which are located some of the most luxurious residences in Marbella,P1030678 landmark hotels and beach clubs including our choice the Hotel Marbella Club Marbella Ocean Club.  P1030808We decided, due to the fact that Alice could not walk due to her blisters, to take boat from our hotel along the coast to Puerto Banús and spend the day with the rich and famous.  We plopped ourselves at the pool / night club P1030682on a round bed by the pool and watched all the pretty people for the afternoon drinking and eating in our bed until about 7:00 when we hopped back on a boat.  We wound our way through the streets of old Marbella and stumbled across a great spot in a quite plaza (Same place P1030845-001Michelle Obama had dinner when we paid for her trip to Spain).  Nice bottle of Rioja, roast goat for me and Alice had wonderful cut of beef covered with goat cheese, followed by chocolate in 5 textures.



Tomorrow Nerja

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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1 Response to The Costa del Sol

  1. Anne Russell says:

    I am reading every word of your enjoyable journal of your trip to Spain. Michelle Obama probably didn’t have as much fun as you two are having; blisters, monkeys et al.

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