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Bar Salas, La Linea

07

May

2010

the only outside shot I found of this great little restaurant
The Only Outside Shot I Found of This Great Little Restaurant.

The part of town that we found ourselves in looked poor and unkempt, small houses huddled together for comfort. Some with clean white walls and a cared for exteriors, but most given into the depression around them. The only bright light in what was to us a sad little town was a small doorway into a local restaurant. Once we had taken our first step across the threshold and entered the premises, it was a different world from the one we had just left outside. It was filled to the rafters with people, families and couples, friends and business men alike, all around small crowded tables. If we didn’t know better we would describe it as pandemonium,

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La Garrofa

27

Apr

2010

Could Clint Eastwood have stayed here in the Sixties?
Could Clint Eastwood have stayed here in the Sixties?

Reputed to be one of the oldest campsites in Spain and this is where we headed after our trip out to the Tabernas desert. I think I said in one of the blogs before when we spoke about campsites and what constituted a good campsite was sometimes just the feel of the place. The one I am currently on as I write this blog is a good example. The site is open, although the pool is still closed. The bar and restaurant is good and cooks traditional style food for the area. The WiFi is great and we also have a cash machine and fresh bread and sundries if we need them. It is around half a kilometre from the most perfect of desolate beaches with some of the best sand I have seen in a long while. The campervan pitches have electric and water on each pitch and is the best we have come across in a long while. Is the campsite perfect, well no as it lacks one important ingredient, the feel of the place, sure it’s growing on me and I would recommend it straight away, but the feel of the place was not like La Garrofa, this site we fell in love with despite all its faults.

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Restaurant – Chez Maryvonne

14

Mar

2010

Restaurant Chez Maryvonne
Restaurant Chez Maryvonne.

It seems a long time since I have been able to do a restaurant review; I guess that when you are able to cook far better food on a budget at home or in a camper van that you can get in a restaurant, especially on a budget, there is no incentive to eat out. With us now in France, we can get decent bread and good wine at prices I would not even contemplate in the UK. I love my pâtés, charcuterie and cornichons (Gherkins) and it only take a short while to cook a nice fish or a faux fillet in the van.

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Cookie’s – The North Norfolk Heritage Coastline

14

Feb

2010

After leaving Wells – Next – The – Sea we continued along the Norfolk Coast, passing through Blakeney Point, famous for it’s Seal Sanctuary. This would have been a very tempting stop had the weather not been so cold and windy, it was a boat ride out to sea that I didn’t fancy at this time of year.

We continued our journey heading for Sheringham and Cromer along the beautiful coastline and came across a small fishing village called Salthouse. Nothing spectacular in the village itself just another fishing village, but we spotted a tiny seafood shop-cafe on the side of the road & ventured in as it was lunchtime. The place is called Cookie’s, at first it looks like a small shop with two tables in the corner to eat in if you wished to. We decided to stay and eat and our order was taken by one of the two Eastern European women running the place.

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