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Posted - 03/04/2008 :  17:47:16  Show Profile  Visit Sarah's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The destination of the reversing taxi was described in the guide book and on the TV as "Puerto Banus 10 years ago". More like 110 years ago. Well not even that. It never was and never will be.

We were looking forward to a bit of posh, and some fish baked in salt - another thing the guide book said was plentiful in the region but we were yet to find amongst the pies and chicken kormas.

Was this it?

A few fishing boats and a couple of tatty looking restaurants with dirty windows? 'Hay muchas tiendas' the taxi driver said. We're thinking, Gucci, Prada, D&G. But what we saw was Pedro's paint shop and Bob's boat parts.

The restaurants served a wonderful range of 'anything with chips'. We chose one. A nice wonky table awaited us and we were served by a team of bored, unshaven waiters who annoyingly shuffled about in the background swotting flies and dropping cutlery. Kevin got his fish though, which I have to say was very nice. Unlike my chewy pork - and chips.

So after lunch what shall we do? A nice walk along the marina, admiring all the gleaming boats? That would be nice. In our dreams. Let's get a taxi home instead.

45 Euros we paid to get there - and back - and on the way back the taxi driver decided he didn't want to do the whole journey as it would mean going 5 minutes over his knocking off time! So he pulled off the motorway into a service station and put us into another cab! The perfect end to a perfect excursion!

Sandra Mollat
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Posted - 03/04/2008 :  23:32:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh dear! I take it you won't be planning a return trip to the Murcia region then. We were there a few years ago in January and found the weather very mild; petunias growing in flowerbeds, whereas here, you would find them in June. We travelled around on local buses and trains and most of the passengers were migrant fruit and vegetable pickers who tried to communicate in "pidgeon" English/Spanish. We stayed in Murcia and found it almost impossible to get a glass of wine after 9 o'clock at night. We visited the Mar Menor region and weren't very impressed but we did enjoy our trip to Cartagena where we saw the very first submarine and later found a local bar serving good wine and tapas.

On a different note, I hope all forum members have been enjoying " A cook's tour of Spain" on Channel 4
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