Our Blood Pressures are Fine

Sunrise at Mar Menor

Sunrise at Mar Menor

Mavis at Mar Menor

Mavis at Mar Menor

This is our pitch at Mar Menor….Mavis is parked on the left, in a front corner next to a section of nature reserve which separates the campsite from the town of Los Alcázares.

Boardwalk

Boardwalk

This is the boardwalk through the nature reserve to Los Alcázares.

Beach Jetty

Beach Jetty

At the far end of the beach from us is the restaurant, the ‘Thai Beach’. Opposite the restaurant is this jetty which runs out in to the Mar Menor….I’m the hombre at the end.
The restaurant is open at weekends only at the moment. It is run by a nice Spanish guy called Peter, a physiotherapist, who arranges free paella every Sunday lunchtime.

Quirkily, he also provides free blood pressure and blood sugar checks every Tuesday for those who want them. Don’t get it checked after one of the chocolate croissants that Tomas, from the local panaderia, hawks around the site every morning.

We did go along for a check up, just for fun, and met Peter, who is charming. He invited us to come along early to the Sunday paella feast so we could see how it was made.

Last Tuesday we biked north along the coast to San Pedro del Pinatar, where there is a long cycle track out along a strip of land separating the Mar Menor from the Mediterranean. At first there are Salinas…salt pans..to the left and then, about 4 miles out, the track reaches the sea.

Causeway out to the Mediterranean

Causeway out to the Mediterranean

The buildings in the distance are on La Manga Strip..the other side of the horseshoe seaward side of the Mar Menor lagoon.

Redshank

Redshank

Avocet

Avocet

Flamingos

Flamingos

There is much birdlife here.

Mike and Acer

Mike and Acer

We have made friends with Mike and Marilyn, a lovely couple from Grimsby who are also staying here, along with their chihuahua, Acer. We had a drink or three with them when we returned from the trip to San Pedro.

Plane Geeks

Plane Geeks

After a bit of a walk around the airport and nature reserve the next day (anyone recognise the plane spotter on the right?) we had lunch back on the site.

Out to Lunch

In For Lunch

Market at Los Narejos

Market at Los Narejos

San Javier Market

Market

On Saturday morning we biked up to the market in Los Narejos, about a mile away. It’s difficult to resist the crazy prices and we stocked up with lemons…50 cents a kilo, potatoes two kilos a euro and so on.

Fishing

Fishing

After the market we walked in to Los Alcázares for a wine and tapas late lunch at La Encarnacion…the old spa hotel restaurant we like at the far and of the promenade.

Steve and Pat

Steve and Pat

On Sunday morning we had a long coffee break with Steve and Pat, new friends we have made from Kent, who are enjoying retirement cruising around Europe. They have taught us a great way to improve our Spanish…tune in to ‘Boom’, a Spanish TV quiz show.

Eagles

Eagles

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Eagle Formation

Eagle Formation

Tuesday was my birthday and the Spanish air Force kindly put on a display to mark the occasion. Nia said she had to ‘phone the control tower to request a display but I don’t believe her. I’m sure they already knew it was my birthday.

Ensalada Magret.

Ensalada Magret.

Birthday lunch at La Encarnacion.

Church at San Javier

Church at San Javier

The next day we cycled in to San Javier which is a small town about two miles inland.

En route to San Javier

En route to San Javier

We cycled though a lettuce farm and spotted a Hoopoe but not quickly enough to snap it.

Mike and Marilyn

Mike and Marilyn

A couple of days ago we cycled in to Los Alcázares and met Mike and Marilyn for a fish and chip lunch at the ‘Penny Farthing’. Not very Spanish I know but we did wash it down with some nice Spanish wine. And the fish was delicious.

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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8 comments on “Our Blood Pressures are Fine
  1. Liz throup says:

    H.B.belatedly,young Peter! We couldn’t get BB at H. N. This weekend, so we’ll visit A.R.J later on.
    Love to both. Me and ‘I’m. Xx

  2. Steve Mears says:

    Looks brilliant……what a great spot…..very envious!

    We take the tunnel on 3 May for our next adventure…….every time we read your blog we get itchy feet!

    All the best,

    Steve Mears

  3. Donald Clark says:

    Peter and Nia
    Love reading your blog Still trying to persuade her indoors about Motorhomes etc
    Sorry to be a geek but is your ” redshank” a female black winged stilt? because of the more uniform colour of the longer more pointed bill and the extra whiteness

    Donald

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