A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Back to the cold...




















Murcia





















Sagrada Famiglia (Nearly finished)

















Mojacar (Almeria)


















Christopher Columbus (Barcelona)



















Gaudi's heritage (Barcelona)

























Castillo de Santa Barbara (Alicante)


I've been back home since Monday but the nerve I trapped back in November has given me so much pain that I've not been able to find the energy to blog! It's like constant toothache in my shoulder! The last week in Spain, I thought about chopping my arm off!

I am writing this under duress, with a hot water bottle over my shoulder. Come on, everyone go: "Ahhhhhh!"

We arrived on the Costa Blanca on Monday 2oth. It was nice to see our old neighbours. On Wednesday we went down to Almeria to visit some friends for the day. Came back the long way past Mazarron and Cartagena! The scenery is amazing. Thursday, a game of golf for the lads and a shopping spree for the lasses!
Friday, a 7-hour train journey to Barcelona! Really great! Lots of scenic views, DVDs, Spanish lessons on my laptop, sudoku puzzles....
Barcelona was amazing! We took the sights by tourist bus and didn't miss anything! I love all the wide avenues and beautiful buildings. The Sagrada Famiglia was still being finished. The guide said it required another 20 years! Very slow workmanship if you ask me!
Guell Park was really awe inspiring! Gaudi must have been centuries ahead of his time!
Las Ramblas with its great tapas bars and street artists, Camp Nou where Chelsea got knocked out of Europe, the palaces, the plazas, the Catalan language, etc... What a great time we had!

Monday, we visited Elche and Alicante. Climbed to Castillo de Santa Barbara and enjoyed beautiful 360 degree panoramic views of Alicante.

Wednesday we went to Murcia and the temperature soared to 26C while back home, snow storms hit most of England!

A few local trips peppered the rest of the second week. No golf due to the ennerving trapped nerve.
Back home on Monday and the temperature plummeted to 2C!
I avoided work and read two books in bed while stuffing myself with anti-inflammatories... Thursday I had an X-ray at the hospital. Saturday, half an hour physio session with a guy who usually treats rugby players. He says a couple of sessions ought to fix me! Thank heavens! I was starting to walk like a cripple!

Casa del Mar runs itself and is very busy.
I have been there a couple of times this week, once for lunch and Kevin did me proud!

I have enjoyed reading all your comments. Thank you for visiting while I was away. Posted by Picasa

16 Comments:

Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I'm happy you're back...too bad about your shoulder though. I hope that's settled soon.
Lovely photos, Cream. The Spanish certainly enjoy a lovely landscape. I'm looking forward to hearing more in the following weeks.

12/3/06 3:51 AM  
Blogger annie said...

Yay, you're back! I think they should get you on the case with the Sagrada Familia (when your shoulder is better, of course.)

12/3/06 11:02 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

WOW! Thanks for sharing some of yer pix and memories cream! we sure did miss you and are glad that yer back!!!! I love the sagrada famiglia the best!

12/3/06 6:19 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

So glad you're back! I have bursitis...sometimes it feels as if I have been hit on the shoulder with a sledgehammer. I feel your pain...hope it's better soon!

13/3/06 4:54 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

YEE HAWWW YOU'RE BACK, CREAM!!!

Welcome back. I'm glad you had a great time. And I hope the trapped nerve finally gets untrapped.

What lovely pics. You got yourself a new camera, I see.

13/3/06 5:59 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Yes, Brian every country in the world has great landscapes and they're more enjoyable when one is on holiday!

Annie, I nearly offered to help finish it!

Val, I really enjoyed the bus tours around Barcelona. The only way to see as much as poss in three days.

Janet, the physio I had done on Saturday is definitely working!

Gigi, it was great! No,I haven't bought a camera yet. Some of the photos were taken on my mobile phone and others pinched off our friends' camera.

13/3/06 11:29 AM  
Blogger Kingston Girl said...

Welcome home! hope the snow isnt too nasty and the shoulder gets better soon

13/3/06 1:42 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

Welcome back!!
Sure Gaudi was ahead of his time. Haven't you heard architects and designers are NOW discovering the potential of the 'organic forms' with the curve buildings and furniture? Engineering nowadays has the tools to allow it but Gaudi dreamt it before anyone else! Ok, ok, I admit I am biased, I'm a Gaudi fan...

13/3/06 9:14 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Nice to have you back in Blogland..bummer about the shoulder though..been there, done that...:-)

Hope you feel 100% soon.

13/3/06 10:55 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

Welcome back - glad you found a good expert to work on your shouldar - makes all of the difference. Wonderful photos, hope you're in top shape and pain-free soon!

14/3/06 3:14 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Sounds and looks like you had a good time (apart from the shoulder of course).

Glad you are back and blogging!

14/3/06 8:53 AM  
Blogger cream said...

KG, it's absolutely white around here! Our neighbours in Spain say it shorts-and-t.shirts weather out there now! Feel like going back!

DC, I have loved Gaudì's work for a long time but seeing it first hand is a dream! He was a genius!

Wendy, nice to hear from you. The trapped nerve is slowly but surely getting untrapped but the cold weather is arghhhhh....

Hayden, the guy used to be a joiner who built a bar for me about 8 years ago. At the time he said he was training to be a physio! I am glad he's given up joinery!

Caro, we had a great time. Can't wait to get back!

14/3/06 9:58 AM  
Blogger iluvnyc said...

BEAUTIFUL PICTURESSS!!!! wow... when will i have a chance to visit those places?? hmm...

14/3/06 4:03 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

Sounds like you had a good time, despite the pain! Good to have you back :)

That one picture... I know I've seen that before... Ah yes! Here, almost a year ago on Ale's site! What a memory I have...

14/3/06 11:41 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Viking! What a memory! Ale's is so much better! I took mine with the mobile phone!

15/3/06 9:40 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Thanks so much for the pics. Glad you're back! :)

15/3/06 7:07 PM  

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