Algar FallsI’ve been a bit neglectful about writing lately but have a good excuse… I have been sitting sunning myself in Spain for ten days!

Okay that’s actually a not very good excuse at all and isn’t this blog supposed to be about tough endurance type things anyway- not sunbathing, gentle walks along the beach front and dipping into a lovely cool pool?

Well yes but it’s also good to take a little time out once in a while (although along with the cruise I have been taking more time out than most!) My Dad lives in the Costa Blanca region, in the lovely Spanish town of Catral, so the plan was to spend some quality time with him and my step mum.

It wasn’t all sunbathing though- we did do our share of walking and exploring. I also took myself off for cool evening walks around the town, watching the late evening light turn the mountains purple and spotting bats flittering around my head as they hungrily gulped insects.

We took the train to the city of Elche, known for its extensive palm groves, the scale of which could only be truly appreciated when we climbed the narrow twisting stairway to the top of the bell tower of the Basilica de Santa Maria. They were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and are a delight to wander through.

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