On Friday 12th October we flew from Gatwick to Malaga, to spend a week with Ian’s sister Maggi, who lives in rural Andalucia. We were lucky with the weather, which stayed bright and sunny while we were there, though it gets cold at night in the hills.
The morning after we arrived, the three of us went for a walk on the Via Verde (‘Green Way’), which is a converted railway line winding through the olive-clad hills of Andalucia. We walked past the Laguna de Salobral and along the track for about 3 miles, to an impressive viaduct spanning a river valley. In the evening we met some of Maggi’s friends, who invited us all to their home for a barbecue.
The highlight of the week was a 3-day trip to Seville. On the way there we stopped at a picturesque little town called Osuna, with an impressive church and university building perched on a hill, with wide views across the plains nearby.
We’d all been to Seville before, but it’s one of our favourite cities and there’s always something new to see or do. We stayed in a very nice apartment a short walk from the city centre, and visited many of the usual sights – the old town, the Plaza d’Espagna, Parque Maria Louisa, and the Guadalquivir river.
We attended a flamenco show, but were not allowed to take photos. We also spent a lot of time on the water; at the Plaza d’Espagna we took a rowing boat out and rowed round the semicircular waterway, and on the river we hired a pedalo for an hour and pedalled up and down, dodging the big cruise boats.
On the way back to El Poleo we stopped in Carmona, another picturesque Spanish town. We first visited the Roman necropolis, then strolled round the old quarter, visiting the Alcazar (fortress) and a large convent church.
Back to High Wycombe
On return to the UK we had another short stay in High Wycombe, at the Travelodge (now officially our home from home), timed to coincide with Oscar’s first birthday. His party was on Sunday 21st, and had a Halloween theme. Claire had done a great job of decorating the house with spiders, pumpkins and ghosts. Charlie was dressed as a chef with a blood-stained cleaver, while the birthday boy had a vampire costume. A total of 20 adults, seven children aged 3-4 and five aged 11-18 months turned up during the afternoon, and a good time was had by all. The pumpkin birthday cake was greatly admired!