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    After 6 years aboard our Narrowboat Matilda Rose in the UK, we took the plunge and shipped her across to Europe. After 2 years in Europe we knew we didn't want to return to the UK so took the plunge and purchased a 1902 20 mtr Dutch Tjalk called Francoise and are now continuing our travels of the waterways of Europe in a buxom wench

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Archive for April 2nd, 2019

Road trip to Spain–part 3

Posted by contentedsouls on 02/04/2019

Having re-packed the van (a lot of trips up and down the hotel stairs with litter trays, dog bowls, etc. – as the lift is always full of cleaning trolleys at check out time), it was only a short drive to the coast on Saturday; a stone’s throw from Oropesa. However, we hadn’t rented the apartment until the following Tuesday – G’s ability to arrive everywhere early expands, pro rata, with the estimated travel time – so we found ourselves a nice little spot by the beach to park up for a few days.

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This was no hardship.

Following a picture G posted on Facebook, we were contacted by Carla who was just up the road having lunch (Carla was G’s son’s first au pair and G had met her on several occasions whilst in the UK visiting family). It wasn’t long before she turned up at the van and filled us in as to all the best places to eat both well and cheaply. She also rang our apartment owner and managed to bring our ‘moving in’ date forward to Monday.

Sunday we followed Carla’s recommendation and walked Muttley along the beach to Torre Nostra to eat Paella. Again we got the food timing thing wrong again and the lovely (but non English speaking) lady indicated that her paella wouldn’t be ready for 2; 2 what was quite difficult to ascertain –2.00pm, 2 hours? It mattered not to us, sat outside in the sun with a beer and a few calamari and olives to reduce the likelihood of starvation and malnutrition before the allotted ‘2’ arrived. This, when it came, was a delicious – and snormous – paella Valencian at 7 euros each. Not quite sure where the rest of the afternoon went, but it was close to dark by the time we got back to the camper.

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