Return to Spain

2 Nov


Portsmouth from the ferry.


It was still dark when we left a frosty Hereford to drive down to Portsmouth. Naturally we arrived ridiculously early (made even earlier by using the alarm on my phone to get us up and I hadn’t put the clock back) for the ferry and were one of the first on as usual. I still didn’t particularly like the look of the weather forecast but after last weekend and as we weren’t crossing on a 40ft yacht, I was easily persuaded it wasn’t a problem. We both swallowed a couple of Sturgeron, though.

Brittany Ferries are delighted that they can now cross Biscay much closer to land via the Chenal du Four and the Raz de Sein. Having sailed these areas, I wasn’t sure it was such a great idea and, of course, it was as we were rounding this area that it all got a bit choppy. An early night was the solution and by morning our lost sea legs were no longer required.

I love the drive across Spain to Valencia. It always makes me realise how densely populated the UK is in comparison. Mile upon mile of mostly empty, rugged terrain, changing from lush green pine forests to sparse and dry greenery as the relatively empty motorway curves around and cuts through the terracotta-coloured mountains before descending towards that first tantalising glimpse of the Mediterranean. The final few miles into Jávea is then like coming home, the roads familiar, the artwork on the roundabouts well known and the orange groves welcoming. It’s good to be back. 


 Neil’s morning cuppa was all the better for the flat sea and sunshine.




2 Responses to “Return to Spain”

  1. christine November 4, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    ¡Hola! Welcome back in the Med!!

    • lamputts November 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

      It’s great to be here, Christine. So good not to have to wear socks again! It’s the little things…

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