Having lived in London (England) all her life, Rosie has traveled extensively through America, Europe, Asia & Africa as a solo female visiting some 32 countries. She met her partner (Paul) on a singles holiday (the one & only package she ever took!). After Rosie’s 33 years in retail banking and Paul’s 30 years in boat building, they quit their jobs on a whim and decided to buy a campervan (the size of an estate car) to spend 6 months exploring Spain & Portugal. Here is what a week-in-the-life of Rosie and Paul’s traveling lives looked like:

Day One

John Major reputedly has his summer house in Candelario. More importantly its claim to fame is it’s the most scenic village in the region. Against a steep mountain face, it’s famous for its stone and wood houses that cluster together to protect them against the harsh winter climate. Little streams run parallel to the cobbled lanes between the houses. Ornate ‘batipuertas’ (wooden half doors) are fixed in front of the regular doorways.

Arriving at Candelario we took the wrong turn. I drove along a couple of narrow cobbled lanes with my wing mirrors almost touching the houses on either side. We asked a group of elderly ladies if they knew where the camp site was. Each one tried to compete with the other giving us differing directions. Things got somewhat excited! After several minutes we realised we weren’t getting anywhere and were actually causing a traffic jam! We politely thanked them and gave them all a friendly wave then went on our way still none the wiser. Within a couple of moments we reached the campsite. Mission accomplished!

Close by a delightful little bar oozed charisma and so we enjoyed a much needed San Miguel.

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