Monday, October 24

Hotel Myramar, Castle Beach, Fuengirola - Our second home

We have now for 7 years stayed at Hotel Myramar in spring, summer, autumn and winter seasons. We will continue to return, and may well call it our second home.


That is a question difficult to answer  because you all have different expectations of what you want and/or require for long stay periodes.
I will therefor try to present some photos showing what we find attractive here at the hotel. For opportunities outside the hotel´s protected areas, you have to read some of my other blogposts from Fuengirola, Andalusia and Costa del Sol in Spain.

The first image (above) shows the pool area on an ordinary day in October. Lots of sun-beds available. The large pool is about 60 meters long with a depth from 30 to 180 cm. A pool for the smallest children in front, and two or three safeguards always there to watch what is going on in the water. A HC ramp and lift is available to bring you down to 120 cm

Outside the Olea restaurant and Bar tables are normally occupied from breakfast till late evenings.
In the background of this image you can see the large shopping mall (Miramar) where all kinds of shops (including foods) can be found. Myramar is an apartment hotel where you may make all your meals by your own, but if you want breakfast, snacks or dinner the restaurants serves you well.

This is the salad bar ready for dinner.

For those interested in physical activities in addition to walking along the beaches at Costa del Sol, the hotel har 7 Padel tennis courts. (2 for children), and a minigolf area within its fence-protected area.

The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool with hot water, a gym and a library where guests have left books and swapped to others during their stay.

At the reception you can get all the services needed and the personnel are very nice and responsive to your wishes. Any problem in your apartment, tell the desc and maintenance people will within minutes / hours solve your complaints with a smile.

During summertime there are various shows (both for kids and adults) going on at the Aqua Bar. This image is from a Flamenco show.

The children are taken good care of by the professional crew and the mini-disco with competitions are entertainment both for children and (grand)parents

 At the AquaBar refreshments can be enjoyed during summertime. At other seasons there are two other bars with Happy Hours to be visited.
 A blogpost about Myramar without the hotel-cat "Amina" is impossible. She always arrives to the areas where food can be achieved, and she is very selective for where to visit and sleep during the days. At nights she is all around protecting her area against other animals who try to enter her home range.
Ending up with a night photo showing the entrance area and the Olea Bar and restaurant in Block 1 and the growing moon shining from a dark and warm sky. Many Norwegians could certainly find Myramar at Costa del Sol an alternative to the Canary Islands during autumn and winter.
I know that the management would look forward to welcome more Scandinavians to this hotel.

Friday, October 21

Two days in Madrid

Early Tuesday morning this week we found our seats in the AVE Renfe (High Speed Train) and went for a two and a half hours journey from Malaga to Madrid. On the tour the sunrise could be seen in the east, but the weather forecast for the Spanish Capital was not as beautiful as the upping sun in the south could indicate.

Well installed at our hotel we used the first afternoon to be tourists and visited the Castle and the Cathedral along with many others. The beauty of these buildings is a reason by itself to make this journey.
 A pitstop at Plaza Major is of course always expected, but there are so many other places to go and have a coffee or a drink so you miss nothing by dropping this tourist magnet.

A place that had to be visited was the Apple Store at Puerto del Sol, and as for a year ago the Apple Specialist "Leo" was there to help be getting my new iPhone 7 Negro Brilliante.
Leo is holding his own iPhone SE with the photo of us taken exactly 12 months ago.

The shopping street Gran Via was my wife´s area during my own visit at Apple Store, and as long as our hotel was close to this street I think a night photo (taken by iPhone 7) of Gran Via is on it´s place.

The buildings at Gran Via is spectacular. This building with the black and golden dome is the most photographed object in Madrid

 This penthouse and the long row along the street is fantastic. The traffic is horrible, but in Spain they almost always stop for us at the pedestrian marks.

This facade is fake. However at many back walls street painters have made interesting images of how it could look like if the buildings were constructed differently

 At the end in this blogpost I will cover some of the interesting places we visited around Plaza Santa Ana. First the popular restaurant Lateral.

then the Tapas Bar where we found it more delighted to visit with their great tapas and nice servants

and at last the great facades of restaurant Villa-Rosa builds up with painted tiles.

Tuesday, October 11

An artist is working in Fuengirola

 At Plaza de los Chinorros a painter is working in front of the restaurant Picoteo these days
 The gastrotaberna Picoteo is a place we sometimes visit for lunch, although other establishments at the Chinorros plaza are more frequented by us.

We have watched an artist for some days now, and the development of his painting is progressing.

According to the artist he will still need three four days to finish his work. We will come back to the signed painting later this week.

Sunday, October 2

Sunrise in Fuengirola, Spain

Two young expectants together with grandma ready for the swimming pool to be opened. The sun is also ready for the day and makes a nice background in our patio.

Wednesday, September 21

Proud parents and Grandparents

Family parties are not so easy to arrange when we live both in Norway, England and Spain. Therefore we were very happy when we could do so last weekend
 Our two beautiful daughters that we love very much and that have given us fantastic grandchildren
 "Mormor" with the 5 kids.
"Bestefar is also happy to have this photo with the very smart generation to come.

Saturday, September 10

The most beautiful city in Norway (or in the world?)

I have forgotten the name of the photographer (Sorry) but that is not stopping me from sharing this fantastic image of the Jugend Style City - Ålesund

King Haakon VII - His life and his NO to capitulate to Hitler

A new Norwegian movie "The King´s NO" on April 9th 1940 can be seen at cinemas this autumn

The newspaper VG has covered King Haakon and his life in an article well worth to read. Link to the presentation can be found HERE - Kongens Nei

Saturday, September 3

Bygdøy 2 - Walking north east from Hukodden

This morning we did our second walk at Bygdøy Penisula
and performed a two hours and 14.5 k steps from Huk to Norwegian Maritime Museum and back
The sea at Hukodden was very clear and the colours at the bottom was mirroring the sun
After walking up and down between posh houses trying to follow the coastline we ended up at the museum with some very interesting sculptures.
 Norwegian heroes  reaching the South Pole on December 14th 1911. Of course I har to mingle between them and meet Roald Amundsen.
"Seaflower": A memorial for boat people saved by Norwegian ships and arrived in Norway
Memorial of Norwegian Seamen killed during the first world war.
Memorial of Norwegian Seamen (4500) killed during world war 2.

At the museum there is several important vessels from Norwegian Explorer ages. First I show you some smaller but beautiful vessels normally used along our long coast.

and then to a much larger ship:
Fram is said to have sailed farther north (85°57'N) and farther south (78°41'S) than any other wooden ship.
Two more vessels can be found in the museums in the same area:
The balsa tree raft Kon-Tiki which Thor Heyerdahl used in the Pacific Ocean.
The raft was named Kon-Tiki after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, for whom "Kon-Tiki" was said to be an old name.
The papyrus ship RA II which Thor Heyerdahl used for his expedition over the Atlantic. RA was the ancient Egyptian sun god.

Next visit to Bygdøy will probably cover the Viking Ships