Up, Up, and Away!

Friday, May 1, 2015
Aaah. Today is the day we climb to the top of Castillo Santa Barbara…good thing there is an elevator! We started with a hardy European breakfast with unlimited cups of cafe Americano con leche, caliente, aparte. Love my coffee with cream, so many fewer syllables in English.

It was a short walk to the elevator, but first we had to walk through a sleek, metal tunnel, far into the rock.

imageAfter determining that we were pensioners (older than 65), we were admitted free of charge as is every pensioner in the world! What a country!


The elevator whisked us to the top of the rock which is Castillo Santa Barbara. Hey! This place is going to be fun! Watch out for the knight-style archers.


And it is going to be crowded soon as this cruise ship has just glided into port.

Here is a gull’s eye view or the view the defenders of this fortress have had since the 6th century.


The canons were not added until the pirates or foreign attackers had artillery on their ships. It reminds me of the Marin Headlands on the far side of the Golden Gate Bridge where we used to take our fifth-sixth graders on a weeklong camping trip. That artillery was a bit more modern, but still old to them.


It’s a very special day for this young Spanish girl… Probably a first communion? Not everyone is a tourist like us.


This wall is riddled with pock marks from cannon balls, and one cannon ball remains embedded on the lower right side.


Watch out Norm! The archer has you in his sights!


I’m glad we did not have to descend via these steps.


The bullring is within our sight from up high.


Norm has made friends with this archer, but the one up high is taking aim! There is also an interesting juxtaposition between the modern digital tower and the ancient defensive tower. I think that little tower on the left is where they kept prisoners, if my Spanish translation is correct. Only thin slits for windows and nowhere to land even if you could escape and jump!


A lovely British gal offered to snap this photo overlooking Alicante harbor for us. Good thing we coordinated our outfits today. Riiigghhtt!


Time to stop for coffee and a soda. It’s getting warm up here.

imageLa Playa de Alicante- the beach at Alicante, Spain. We spent a short time there yesterday.


We’ve loved our two days in Alicante. Soon we will board the train and take a short ride back to Valencia, our home base.

About muniqueblog

Wife, mother, retired educator, emerging artist. Mary has lived in 10 states and enjoyed them all ~ Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Utah, Minnesota (return), North Carolina with long term visits to Colorado and Arizona. She likes to travel and create textile art. She has exhibited at the Page-Walker Art Gallery and History Center in Cary, North Carolina; Emerald Art Center, Springfield Oregon; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Spartanburg ArtIst Center, Spartanburg, GA; Durham-Orange Quilt Show; Minnesota Quilt Show; the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Quilt Fest of New Jersey.
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4 Responses to Up, Up, and Away!

  1. Jani says:

    beautiful place! I loved the cafe con leche (or however it’s said) with hard rolls and orange marmalade for breakfast!


  2. candktravels says:

    This is a trip of a lifetime!

    Liked by 1 person

    • muniqueblog says:

      It is so easy to document it like this. Actually, I think it is the amount of time we have that makes it so special, and also that we are doing all of the planning. So, no tour company makes us pack up and move on. I really like doing it like this.


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