Monday, January 28, 2008

Winter Swimming

If you don't have a heated pool on your urbanisation, children don't get a lot of opportunity to keep their swimming up during the winter. We took ours to the leisure centre in estepona or rather the
Centro Deportivo Jose Ramon de la Morena. It is perfect for learners as it has a small, shallow pool and best of all, its really warm. They are very strict on hygeine so you must wear a swimming hat and flip flops around the pool.

They also accomplished riding their bikes without stabilisers. We found the best place to practise in our area to be the stretch of pedestranised paseo that runs by La Noria development in Sabinillas.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Parque de la Paloma Park in Benalmadena

So we are all back to normal again after a succession of bank holidays. Talk about dragging out Christmas. Unfortunately, I couldn't hold out to after the Kings to take the tree down. In fact it came down before the year had ended.

So let me give you the lowdown. We had a look at Primark Jerez which is in a shopping centre called Area Sur in Jerez. Google it for directions because I can't help you there as we got totally lost and found it an hour later by chance. So what did I think of it? Well, it was very busy but then it was in between Christmas Day and Los Reyes so there were lots of Spanish Christmas shoppers about. The stock itself wasn't bad, perhaps lacking the high fashion that they do so well in the UK city branches. However, there were lots of basics including lots of basic knitwear in different colours, long sleeve tshirts and loads of jeans.

There was a good choice of sizes compared to spanish shopping with jeans going up to a size 18 so it is definitely worth a trip if you are a curvy lady that finds it difficult to get fashionable clothes in your size in the likes of Zara and Mango. They have a small home section with some lovely duvet cover sets, tea towels, cushions etc. The cushions were a hit as two shelves had been cleared. I bought some lovely towels which are much better than my Zara and Carrefour ones. They are really fluffy and on a par with Marks and Spencers but they were only 7 euros each for a bath towel. There were lots of shoes, boots and bags. I especially liked some printed Orla Kiely inspired overnighters.If you live on the Costa de La Luz or Costa del Sol it is worth a trip if you don't have an England trip planned soon. There isn't the range of clothes that you have in the UK as the styles tend to be more conventional. The underwear is great and the spanish women were going mad for the pyjamas but I am not surprised bearing in mind the prices that Women's Secret charge. I think I would go again but not with husband and children in tow. It's definitely a girls' day out.

If you have children or you like to go walking in pleasant surroundings than check out Parque de La Paloma in Benalamadena. There is a huge duck pond so ideal to take toddlers to feed the ducks, an adventure playground, fluffy bunnies bouncing around freely,peacocks and a couple of coffee shops. It is the perfect place for a picnic and it is very well maintained. We will definitely be going back there on sunny winter days.