Archidona, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

Archidona, Spain

In the very centre of Andalucia you will find the rural town of Archidona.  Set  amongst olive groves of the Sierra de Gracia, with amazing views of the surrounding countryside.  Archidona once had an impenetrable Moorish Castle and was designated a historico-artistic site in 1980 for baroque, urban and architectural heritage.  At the centre of […]

Atmospheric Moody Skies and the Gorgeous Moors of Lancashire

Home

Home has been somewhat redefined for our family over the last couple of years.  Paul is from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire then Cornwall, I am from Lancashire.  We met in London then after a few years moved to Kent where Chaos and Mayhem were both born.  When Mayhem became seriously ill we were lucky enough to be […]

Donkey Power, Central Portugal

Road Trip

After a flying visit to the UK to sort out some things left in storage we  headed back to the Iberian Peninsula the long way.  We hitched up our fully loaded caravan and packed car and left Lancashire bright and early to arrive in sunny Newhaven for an afternoon ferry to Dieppe.  The French part […]

Mini Burger Gourmet Tapas, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Tapas

Tapas O Tapas, the fantastic Spanish nibble, the variety, the deliciousness and the sheer volume of tapas makes it a quintessential part of Spanish culture and identity.  Sure you can get tapas anywhere now, go to a Spanish restaurant chain in the UK or a €1 tapas bar on the Spanish Costa, to sample these […]

Mayhem Feeding Mummy Figs, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Fabulous Figs

Yum! Sweet, fruity, soft, jammy Spanish figs are ready, packed with fibre, minerals and vitamins and amazingly delicious to eat.  It was great to get Chaos and Mayhem involved to pick plenty of purple and green figs to eat fresh and make into a rich fig chutney.  The two fig varieties from our garden produced […]

Butterfly, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Creatures Great and Small

It is always so delightful to be out and about with the family and encounter amazing creatures.  An opportunity for Chaos and Mayhem to marvel at the wonder of nature close up; a great way to appreciate the incredible variety of animals, observe animal behaviour and learn not to be fearful of animals but to treat them them with care and respect. It makes our hearts soar to see our boys so inquisitive and full of wonder, marvelling at nature and the extensive variety of creatures great and small. 

Fun in the Swimming Pool, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Heatwave

Scorchio!!!  The Iberian Peninsula has been experiencing rather a large rise in the mercury levels recently.   August is usually the month for 40º plus weather, but the end of June and beginning of July has been seriously hot.  When it’s boiling hot and dry we try everything we can to keep cool, shutters are […]

Alhambra Snow Capped Sierra Nevadas Backdrop, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Alhambra and Generalife, Granada

The Alhambra, a palace, a fortress, an architectural masterpiece.  The Alhambra, in Granada, Andalucia, Spain, is truly a sight to behold, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a wonder of the world.  What makes the Alhambra so special…?  Everything.  Every single glorious detail of the Moorish palace and the gardens are spectacular.  If you haven’t heard […]

Biodome, Parque de las Ciencias, Science Museum, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Parque de las Ciencias, Granada

Granada in Spain has numerous museums, the Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) is centrally located and a perfect place to spark the imagination, for both adults and children alike. There are a variety of buildings and sections to the museum, including an aquarium in the Bio Dome, an Astronomical Observatory (aged 5+) and permanent […]

St.Antonio Sardines, Salvaterra do Extremo, Castello Branco, Portugal

Fiesta time

During the summer months in Spain and Portugal the heat intensifies during the day, averaging 40º, the days pass by in a blur of sticky sweat and heat induced siestas.  When the sun goes down and the heat abates (a little), it’s time to come back to life and party!  For whatever the reason, a […]