21st April 2010 Tarifa

21 04 2010

Well, we had already decided on a fairly lazy day today and we had one.

We rose at about 10am and then went into town to get some shopping, Lorna had seen a sign for a Lidl on our way in yesterday and so that was our first stop. Restocked on beer, wine, baked beans, lentils and other things we then realised that we had no bread so we then drove to the Mercadona and finished our shop there. There we bumped into another British couple in a large RV, we had a quick chat and talked about places to stop in the vicinty, not many by the way the conversation went although they did mention that they stopped on the land just up from the Lidl where we had not long come from. We thought that we’d take the opportunity to have a drive around and have a look so we returned to the Lidl and had a look at the parking spot which was set high and looked over the town, quite nice but not nicer than where we were. Then after we had a drive around the town and port, which had sailings to North Africa every hour or so that took only 35 minutes, we returned to our spot and parked up for the rest of the day.

We had a light lunch and then walked with Jack all the way alongside the seafront and then back into the edges of the town before returning along the beach where we tried to work out what the land masses we could see were, Noth Africa maybe.

Lorna and Jack Playing on the beach

A quiet afternoon reading and watching various motorhome arrive and depart was finished off with a pork dinner, after which I took Jack onto the beach and relaxed whilst looking over the sea to another country entirely. Considering this, I realised just how far we have come, the furthest south west and now the furthest south in Europe (I think?).

After tomorrow we will be heading back north starting our return journey. Mixed feelings about that, but the point had to come at sometime I suppose.

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10 responses

22 04 2010
Jake

Oooh, a turning point – literally – in your odyssey!

22 04 2010
Steve Green

Yes, a very sad day really.

22 04 2010
David Turner

Love the photo of Jack and Lorna. I’m sure that it’s the thought of returning to Blighty that is unappealing, but you’re going to have some fun on the return trip, aren’t you?

22 04 2010
Steve Green

Oh yes, Lorna has just been working our route out and it looks interesting! Looking forward to the South of France particularly.

22 04 2010
nezza

Hope Gibralter is okay. I always wonder if it’s kind of tacky Britain…?

Lovely pictures of the sands – both the one with Lorna and Jack and t’other one.

22 04 2010
Mark

Gibralter struck me as really surreal place — English bobbies swaggering about smoking and spitting and jabbering away in Llanito. Seems like an ordinary English market plucked up and dumped in Andalusia, which is not surprising because that it sort of what it is. I like the beach shots — very wild and the wind patterns are great.

I am sure it is more bitter than sweet to be turning back north, but as David says, the journey should be fun. Course you could just keep going south — I hear Ouagadougo is great this time of year.

23 04 2010
Steve Green

Yep, Gibraltar was a bit strange, even more so when you meet someone from Walsall!

Thanks for the comment on the photo, one of my better ones I think.

The journey home will be great fun, loads of places to see but we have to make sure not to rush it.

We’ll be back!

22 04 2010
Mark

I meant to say “English market town”

22 04 2010
David Turner

I’ve never been to Gib, but I believe you may find a branch of Morrisons there (it used to be Safeway) at Westside Road

23 04 2010
Steve Green

That’s exactly where we parked, they had Golden Glory too, I may have mentioned that 🙂

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