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Spain: Morning in Altea & Journey Home

July 16, 2014

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Yesterday morning Linda kindly asked me what I’d like to do on my last day. I didn’t want to venture too far and it was decided to go to Altea (where we’d gone for the paella on Sunday) and find a cafe near the beach for coffee. Even though we were quite early by Spanish standards there was a long queue of traffic heading into the town when we got close; a symptom of the time of year and it now being high season. We were lucky to find a parking spot quite easily though and then cut down a narrow road on foot to the beach with the idea we’d walk along for a bit then have a coffee. However, almost immediately we found a cafe-delicatessen of interest – Paladar. They were only just opening but a very friendly waitress – who we discovered later came from Estonia – encouraged us to look inside and promised she made very good coffee. It was very smart inside with a lovely view out to the sea.

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There was a great view from our outdoor seats too!

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They sold wine and all the kind of things you’d expect in a good delicatessen. We could also see they sometimes made paella.

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There was an appealing list of tapas, salads and other things to eat which made us think another time it would be a great place for lunch. Meanwhile, it was only coffee time. We ordered our coffees and sat outside. When the friendly waitress came with the coffees she also brought us a little slice of their homemade lime cheesecake to share. It was delicious.

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Altea is quite an upmarket coastal town which has long been a popular destination for artists. In fact a friend and favourite artist who now lives in Cornwall, Alan Furneaux, has prints and paintings of Altea and other Spanish towns on his website (see www.alanfurneaux.com). We looked round a few arty shops and walked through a square full of wonderful and very old olive trees.

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Back home we had a quiet afternoon. Linda cooked a gorgeous supper for my last evening and we opened a bottle of Cordorniu Anna cava, which is one of the nicest cavas and much cheaper there than in London supermarkets!

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It was a beautiful evening. It had been one of the hottest days since my arrival and was still hot as the sun set and darkness fell.

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This morning we were up early. I watched the light of the sun come up across the wonderful view from the naya.

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Then it was time for the journey to Alicante airport – about an hour away. Linda like the great friend she is gave me a lift all the way. Once through security I had time for a last taste of Spain in a bar – Canas y Tapas – with a typical Spanish breakfast of coffee, tostada and fresh orange juice.

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Note:. The lovely Mimi at Chef Mimi Blog alerted me yesterday to the fact that she was unable to leave a comment on my last post. When I checked I found Comments turned off for all the Spanish holiday (I thought it had been a bit quiet!) There was obviously a hiccup with the WordPress Mobile App I use on my iPad when away. I’ve sorted it out now and opened Comments on all the posts but many apologies to anyone who had wanted to say something. Your comments are always welcomed and I love to hear from readers!

4 Comments
  1. Joyce permalink

    I was surprised to hear you are from Estonia. We moved to Tallinn in 1990 and lived there until 1998. How we loved our years in Estonia and to live there to witness the great change happening as freedom arrived. What fun we had in the nice summers when it stayed light so long but the winters……wow! Pretty cold and dark. But we thankfully adjusted and were just so thankful to call Tallinn our home for so many years. We loved the Estonians and they loved us. Oh the stories we have of those amazing years!

    • Many thanks for your comment, Joyce, but it was the waitress in the cafe who was from Estonia, not me. I’m a pure born, bred and lived all life Londoner šŸ™‚ Your time in Estonia sounds wonderful.

  2. Sally permalink

    I’ve so enjoyed reading your holiday posts. I’ve visited the city of Valencia twice, really enjoyed it and would happily return a third time. Your long days of sun, food, wine and trips out would be my perfect holiday. It’s been a treat to sneak along with you! And I think you’ve brought some Spanish weather back!

    • Thanks so much, Sally. I’m really pleased you enjoyed the posts. It was a perfect holiday – a nice balance of activity and lying in the sun, and with good friends.

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