June 4 - June 19
We bought first class Eurorail train passes for the first time this
summer. They allowed us to travel on the train 10 days over a two
month period. We ended up only using 6 out of the 10 days but
still saved a little. I'm not sure if we would recommend the pass
unless you know you'll be using all 10 days. Anyway, on June 4 we
took the fast train from Barcelona to Alicante Spain. Our friend
Bakkers from the Netherlands has retired there and owns a villa
that's probably 10 miles from the Mediterranean Sea.
You can see what a paradise it is for yourself! And, it
comes complete with Cora and Inga (wonderful dogs)!
Andy and Ingrid's Paradise and
Family (Cora and Inga)
Andy's house has a guest apartment in the basement which we had to
most of our time there. We also had bicycles to use and rode them
to get to the market and for exercise.
"Our" Apartment, Patio, Bicycles
There were already guests there when we arrived, but fortunately for us
Margot and Bart were staying in their travel trailer and Manfred was
staying a guest room in the house. We had a lot of fun with them,
going out to lunch, to the market, to Alicante and to the beach.
At the Beach (L to R: Bart,
Margot, Manfred, Walt, Andy, Ingrid)
and Goodbye Party (Clockwise: Nan, Bart, Margot, Ingrid, Andy, Manfred)
For the final weekend we were joined by Gerald Hilderink, a friend from
the Netherlands, and his girlfriend, Jose. One night we went
Those dancing lessons pay off for some of us!
(Seated Clockwise Nan, Jose, Gerald, Andre, Ingrid and Manfred)
Go on to Austria
Europe Summer 2006
Author: Nan C. Schaller
Last Updated: August 26, 2006