Alicante is a popular tourist city, and so we didn't have high expectations. And I think that because of our low expectations, we were pleasantly surprised.
We had booked a room in a 3 bedroom apartment...total cost for the two nights €30 ($44 CAD, $33 USD). So, pretty inexpensive. We grabbed all of our gear (or we thought we did! See below!) from Louis, and said a quick goodbye and thanks to Graham (and Tana) for looking after us so well.
Up the stairs, and our host Mubera was there to greet us. She's an interesting young lady originally from Bosnia who moved to Sweden with her parents because of the Bosnian war back in the 1990's. She has one of the bedrooms, and there is also a young couple being hosted in the other bedroom. It'll do just fine for us for two nights.
We had some lunch, and then set out with a few errands to run. We were about 10 minutes from the apartment when I realized that I hadn't brought the camera! I was thinking about turning around when I remembered that I had the new Samsung phone in my pocket and decided to try out the camera built into the phone. So, all of the photos posted here are taken with the phone.
Ruth, on Toadstool Street!
Like I said, we had some errands to run. First stop was a department store to look for a protective cover for the phone. It's a brand new model, and when we bought the phone there were not yet any accessories available in the store where we bought it. So we did some shopping and ended up spending €11.95 ($17.40 CAD, $13.50 USD) for a case. I'm so worried about dropping the thing, and it's so sleek and slippery. The cover definitely makes me feel more confident, and easier to hold a grip on it.
The other thing we were looking for was a place to print our Ryanair boarding passes. I had downloaded their app to the phone, but we're not allowed to use the app version of the boarding passes because we're not EU citizens. Well that's stupid! So we were stuck trying to find a place to print our hard copies.
Interesting traffic circle statue.
We went to the library, but by this time it was siesta and it's closed between 2-5pm. I spotted a hotel, and we went to the reception desk and explained the problem. I figured they must print out stuff for people all the time. Sure enough, the girl gave me her email address and I used the phone to email her the boarding passes...and she printed them out for us free of charge. Nice!
Then we wandered down to the waterfront and looked at the boats in the marina.
See the castle in the distance?
You can bet we'll be climbing up there today!
What a beautiful day.
We continued walking to the main beach.
The beach was pretty busy with sunbathers and others enjoying the beautiful day. This was probably the nicest day we've had since we arrived in Spain two months ago. Temperature was about 25C (77F).
Alicante's main beach.
Scenery along the way.
The back end of this pirate (?) ship was pretty fancy.
Where the rich park their boats.
Overall, pretty pleased with the quality of the pics taken from the phone.
Good thing too.
Why? Because I left the big camera on the corner of the floor by the passenger seat in Louis! I only realized it sometime over night. Funny the things that come to you while you're sleeping. Anyhow, I contacted Graham and Tana, and they are on their way to Alicante airport themselves this morning for a flight back to the UK. The plan is that they will drop the camera bag at lost and found and we will pick it up there tomorrow.
If it doesn't come together, it's not a big deal. I've been thinking about replacing that camera anyhow. It's got a few bumps and bruises from the last four years of travel, and I don't think the sensor is working properly anyhow.
So for now, we'll use the phone for pics.
Another beautiful day today, and we've got a castle on a hill to climb up to!
Time to stock up on paper towels. Heavy duty disposable shop towels...almost half price, and made in the USA...