22nd January 2018 – 30th January 2018
We arrived at our stop for a week to find that it was nearly full and as we wing it and didn’t book, we found ourselves in an area sheltered by trees and no sun. Now the saga with shade and sun continues in our little world where ever we are ! In addition to this, there are the abundance of the pine processionary caterpillar. Never heard of them ? Well neither had we, until our other trusted motorhome friends on facebook posted information about them. They are little but deadly caterpillars that devastate pine trees but the hairs of the caterpillar larvae cause harmful reactions in humans and especially dogs if they come into contact with them and in severe cases kill your dog. Now, once I heard this I have read a whole library on these deadly beasts. Now armed with antihistamines to give Chloe immediately if she comes into contact and water to flush the tiny hairs from her mouth, I was constantly on guard if I saw any of the tennis ball size nest in the trees, which look very much like candy floss. This year is one of the worst for the infestation and this area had a high level of candy floss ball in the pine trees.
We decided to hire a car to see the area and booked a Fiat 500 for a week. Now what a great little car these are, loved it and so did Chloe ! We visited Rhonda in the hills with the oldest Bullring in Spain, although our little car did struggle up there, glad we didn’t take the motorhome. A picturesque Spanish town, as was Mijas, again in the hills and visited by coach loads of Chinese/Japanese tourists who love riding about on the famous donkeys with their selfie sticks. We cruised up and down the coastline, from Estapona to Nerja over the week, Torre del Mar and Nerja lifted our hearts after visiting Puerto Banus but after a week we couldn’t wait to escape. Especially after a fellow neighbour had told David that when he had visited Puerto Banus last year and was walking along the marina, he saw a beautiful looking woman in a skinny bikini walking along with a long gold lead, and on the end of the lead was a leopard !