Thursday, July 24, 2008

On Holiday

Pamplona - 40

I've not blogged in a while, with many different projects going on I just haven't found the time; Louise and I are on holiday at the moment in Andalucia where we drove down through Europe in our converted LDV camper van. We stopped for two nights in France on the way down to Spain and we booked into a campsite in the Pyrennees (Camping Ariztigain, Sumbilla); this campsite was absolutely stunning! A huge steep hill on the way up provided a small challenge for our diesel engine - first gear only - but worth it! The staff were very friendly and we discovered that one of the members of staff used to live in Edinburgh!! We only stayed for a night however since we wanted to visit Pamplona.

The next day we travelled the 90KM to Pamplona arriving mid afternoon in a much busier and more "butlins" style campsite called Camping Ezcaba. Not quite as nice as Ariztigain and the staff were a little ignorant to us because we were British (despite us speaking to them in Spanish - perhaps they were Basque or Castillian...). This campsite was only 5KM outside Pamplona so gave us an ideal jumping off point for visiting the historic city. In Pamplona we walked the "Encierro" or more commonly known as the bull run and we admired much of the architecture! The bull holding barriers were still in place from the San Fermin fiesta 2 weeks before. A very picturesque and enjoyable visit!

The following day we decided to crack on with our journey and get to our destination in the Mountains of Malaga that evening, we arrived after a 11 hour drive on one of the hottest days so far this year... The number of cars stopped at the side of the road was unbelievable - presumably with over heating problems. Thankfully, we arrived without a problem!

We've had a few relaxing days here and we visited a mountain top town called Comares where I took a few photos and read about the moorish history of this town.

Today we're off to Olvera to do a little bit of work on our house there.

I've uploaded the photos I've taken so far onto my Flickr! and put them into different sets within a collection.

Check them out below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bjw/collections/72157606338658289/

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