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News: Monday Mood Boost - 21st October 2019

Monday Mood Boost - 21st October 2019
21 Oct 2019 - Mark Needham

Monday Mood Boost

It’s the last week of light nights, before the clocks go back this coming weekend, I really don’t know where has this year gone, it only seems like yesterday we were welcoming in the New Year ?

The unseasonably warm weather has finally come to an end and the early week sadly looks to be a real washout, with heavy rain and low temperatures expected Monday through Wednesday, this will be a real shame for the half term visitors with us now and also for the Viking Cup golf tournament that is scheduled for Tuesday. There have been weather reports threatening another Gota Fria this week as we recently had in September, we can only hope we are spared another such downpour.

We have had a busy week being tour guides...welcoming to the resort, for a short stay some old Kiwi friends of ours who now live and work in Switzerland. It’s always a worry to introduce new people to the region in case they don’t love it as much as we do particularly when they came via the sights of Madrid and Granada. Fortunately this was not the case, they loved the region and we all had a great few days showing them the local sights.

After an initial wander along the coastal beaches we headed up to The Guns, above La Azohia, always a fabulous trip and so very popular, despite the scary drive up the mountain. We explored under the dark tunnels right under the gun emplacements, until the torch on the phone started to fail, faced with pitch blackness, we made a hasty retreat !!

In desperate need of sustenance we headed back to the pasaeo in Mazarron for lunch, for once we started at the far end opposite the Pentanca club and had lunch at the Restaurant Rihuete, a great discovery with fast and friendly service and a great del dia menu for 10 Eu, it’s worth remembering there are a lot of good eating choices all along the pasaeo. Thursday morning we caught the Vargas bus into to Murcia, the bus now stops right in the middle of the Gran Via main Street meaning it’s a much shorter walk into the Cathedral Square and all the retail stores, including Corte Ingles. We inevitably ended up in Starbucks so Clare could indulge in her love of a seasonal pumpkin spiced latte and cake, I went for a plain hot chocolate !

Cathedral square is always a highlight of any Murcian trip and it never fails to disappoint, outside the Town Hall itself, the gardens were beautiful with amazing planting and the wonderful fountains, just magical. We were amazed at the huge number of tourist groups of all nationalities on guided tours in the square. If you walk around to the right hand side of the Cathedral you can often hear through the open windows on the right, the sound of the students at the music school practicing flamenco steps with the staccato clatter of the castanets. Lunchtime in Murcia, always an important occasion, this time we visited “Monumental” its located behind the cathedral and is modern spanish place, its a must visit destination. It has a wide ranging menu and an excellent del dia that we enjoyed, super food and surroundings and brilliant New York styling, do go and try it !

At the end of the week when our visitors had left we both agreed this region is a great place to show people around and it is also a great place to sit on the terrace and enjoy the tranquility! It’s a win win.

With the colder darker evenings we are blessed currently with the most amazing sunsets, with the sky turning from pink to dark red before it turns to pitch black, it’s our own light show every evening for free, as usual a few pictures to finish and we wish you all a great week !

Ps: Don’t forget Thursday 24th at the Condado Club, starts at midday, a fundraiser for the Mobility Group and performance by The Ukulele Sunshine Band !

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