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    Blue is the new orange

    I confess I’m addicted to change. My drug of choice was acquired early in life as I had to deal with a multitude of moves and sixteen primary schools in two countries on either side of the Atlantic. Once an…

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    Visit Gibraltar

    One of the many attractions of this part of southern Spain is Gibraltar, a massive bastion of Britishness tagged onto the end of Spain and enduring despite all attempts to wrest it from its status as a BOT – British…

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    Mountain paradise rebirth

    Exciting changes are happening in Cartajima! I have long thought that the only way to save remote villages like Cartajima from ghostification was to create sustainable responsible tourism thus providing entrepreneurial opportunities for the few young people who chose to…

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    Tantalising Tangier

    Guests returning from one of our high altitude walks speak in wonder of Africa. We saw Africa, they cry! We didn’t know it was so close! It is just 14.3 km on the other side of the Mediterranean. And very accessible….

  • Now watch the movie!

    As you will know if you follow this blog, before being a hotelier or a mature university student or a computer tutor or a food van person, I spent a good few years of my youth sailing around oceans with…

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  • Writing Course, Veggies and a Massage

    Our latest newsletter is available by clicking here. Always fascinating 🙂 I am particularly pleased with how this one came out. It loooooks gooood! Hope you agree.   If you would like to be on our mailing list so as…

  • Organic Vegetables in Spain

    For a reason that eludes me, Spain has not followed the growing international trend towards ecological produce. For fifteen years now I have been searching for a supplier of what I used to get in San Francisco called “The Box”,…

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    Caminito del Rey

    When a member of the Cartajima Women’s Association bottled out of walking the scariest hike in the world, John was invited to take her place. The generous Delegación of Málaga (equivalent to the County Council) sent a luxury coach to the…

  • Festivals of Food and Wine in the Alto Genal

    The Alto Genal is the place to be in November! Four of the seven small villages scattered around the Alto Genal valley have a special festival celebrating an important aspect of local produce. But this is Andalucia so there is…