All posts by Charlie Spearing

Casually frolicing around Europe for a year and generally avoiding real life

Gypsies, Flamencos and Castles in the sky

If you’ve ever been to Granada, you’ll understand when I say that not much needs to be said about this enchanting city.  An old cliché I know but, it does speak for itself.

We only spent two days in Granada but we fell in love with this place, hard.

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‘Shrooms and skinny dips

Everyone’s been to Alicante, right? Or at least knows someone that has been?

It’s one of Spain’s biggest tourist traps, particularly as it’s one of the main gateway’s to the Costa Blanca.  I half expected it to be full of expats and almost a bit too touristy, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Europe’s largest sand dune

The Dune Du Pilat wasn’t really on our radar until a friend mentioned it when we were in Bordeaux.  He told us we should definitely check it out – said it was pretty impressive.

I’m glad we did and as far as a large pile of sand goes it is very impressive, I’ll give you that.

The weather was wild when we arrived – it was pouring with rain which was coming at us from every angle and the wind was just crazy.  Add sand to the mix and trying to clamber up Europe’s largest sand dune wasn’t exactly easy.  Continue reading Europe’s largest sand dune

72 hours of indulgence in Bordeaux

I found writing about Bordeaux hard. We had such an exceptionally good 72 hours in Bordeaux that I was worried I wasn’t going to capture everything or do the whole trip justice.

This weekend wasn’t originally quite the trip it turned out to be.  I had mentioned to one of my best friends that we would be in and around Bordeaux towards the end of November, which, coincidentally was the same time she was visiting her boyfriend.  Of course, we started to make plans.  Then our other best friend got involved and quickly booked flights for her and her boyfriend as well.  A quick catch-up in the city quickly escalated in to a full blown couples mini-break which would likely mean over eating, over drinking and over spending for 3 days straight. I wasn’t wrong.

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