|Enjoying the view from the lighthouse cliffs in Santa Pola|
The main international news that day and over the past week or so, is of tension with Russia in the UK over the poisoning with a dreadful nerve gas of an ex Russian spy and his daughter living in Salisbury. Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia were found on a bench in that quiet British town after collapsing from an attack by a dreadful nerve gas called "Novochok", a chemical developed apparently only in Russia. They are now fighting for their lives in hospital with the added complication that there is no known antidote for this type of chemical. Blaming the Russians, Theresa May said the UK would not tolerate threats to British lives by Russia on British soil. The Russians have claimed innocent. Since then 23 Russian diplomats have been expelled and later this week the Russians retaliated. I asked my Father, an expert on all things Russian, what he thought and he replied simply that this was a return to the Cold War. It is and I added that it had never really left us.
Today there will be presidential elections in the USSR and it is very probably that Putin will be reelected for the 4th time. I don't like the man. He is very dangerous. However he is popular in Russia or perhaps people only vote for him because they don't dare do anything else. When Olivia was in St. Petersburg, one of her interviewees, a priest who has lived in Russia for many years, told her that many people thought Putin was actually only a puppet President, put there and manipulated by the ex powers of the KGB. Whatever the case, he is the new Tsar of Russia and the tension with the West is only looking to escalate.
But perhaps the biggest international news this week, went unnoticed, and that was the announcement that in China, the President, Xi Jinpeng would now in effect be able to be in power for life. I feel sorry for the Chinese. He sounds like the new Mao Tse Tung.
|The parents hugging and the photo of their son Gabriel behind them.|
|With Pippa in the gardens of our apartment complex the day we arrived|
Monday brought the sun and we were able to have breakfast on the terrace contemplating the view of the garden and the sea beyond. The trees have grown so much since we bought the flat in 1999 that they now nearly hide the view of the sea beyond.
Being a Monday in March there was hardly anyone on the beach when we went down with Pippa for our first walk along the "Carabasi beach" which we love. Dogs are not allowed but no one cares in the winter so Pippa enjoyed the experience although she wouldn't go anywhere near the water after having taken one taste hahaha. It was sunny and windy but not particularly cold. The temperature at midday most of the time we were there was about 20ºc, much warmer than in Madrid.
|On the empty beach with Pippa on Monday|
|Eladio on the lighthouse cliffs with little Pippa|
I will also be travelling in June as this week Sandra, my Nottingham University friend who lives in Brussels, has invited Adele, fellow Uni friend, and myself to her 60th. She is going to celebrate it at her brother's luxury bed and breakfast home in Tuscany, about 40 minutes from Milan. Ever since Sandra told us about his place, both Adele and I have been dying to stay at Villa Arabella. It's going to be a real "girly weekend" and Adele and I shall be staying in the Blue Room which looks just gorgeous. So that evening after our walk, I bought my air tickets to Milan. That is going to be one long weekend to look forward to. Can't wait Sandie and Adele!
|The walkway to our beach, love it.|
|Eladio on the beach with Pippa.|
|The view of our apartment block from the beach|
|The Santa Pola lighthouse on the cliffs which still works.|
|Who can forget this image of Stephen Hawking?|
|Eladio by the Levante beach in Benidorm this week|
|One of the view from the castle view point in Benidorm|
|Outside the beautifully decorated entrance to the old church in Benidorm|
|The Benidorm rock|
|The arroz a banda we had in Benidorm on Wednesday|
|The amazing mandarins I bought at the Gran Alacant market on Thursday|
|The small island of Tabarca as seen from the lighthouse cliffs|
|The main protagonists of El Princípe the Spanish TV series we are currently watching.|