At 8 a.m. on April 17th, we left the Crown Princess ship and took a taxi to the Barcelona, Spain Train Station. There we boarded our train to Valencia, Spain. We had two nights there at a very nice Hostal, Venecia. The location was centrally located and we were able to do some sightseeing, despite 4 hours at the Emergency room. It’s a very beautiful city with Roman and Moorish influence on the architecture.
On Thursday, April 19, we had a busy day traveling by 2 high speed (AVE) trains to Malaga. The trains were very modern, clean and comfortable. Jim was able to buy food and drink, but I had to pack some supplies in order to continue on a semi-liquid diet. We also had a very short window of time for change of trains in Madrid. We walked over a mile with all our luggage and asked help 3 times to find the next train. We made it with 6 minutes to spare! Whew!
In Malaga, we caught a cab to our hotel for the night, Holiday Inn Express. We made contact with sister JoAnn and John by WhatsApp and planned for checking into the apartment in Cariheula, the next day. Something that you may not know about other countries is that it is hard to find ice for cocktails. In Valencia, we had bought an ice tray at a 1 Euro store and had a freezer in our room. At other hotels, you go to the bar and ask for a glass of ice. They usually give you a couple of cubes, unless you beg for more. Anyway, at Holiday Inn, we were able to get as much as we needed.
The next day, we met up with JoAnn and John and the Rincon Rental rep at our apartment. All went well on the check-in and we settled in for our 2 week stay.
As I said previously, we made several day trips while staying at the apartment. The following are pictures from our travels.
Battery Park, Carihuela
Weekend jaunts near our apartment
Ronda, by Train
Nerja, White Village on the Sea