list of family goals for 2015. On that list Reuben expressed a desire to travel to Spain and so over Toussaint (the October school holiday in France) we packed up the car and made the long journey down to the South of Spain. Our destination was Fuengirola, a little town just next to Malaga which for us is a 13 hour drive. As Andrew was the only one driving thanks to me tearing my Achilles tendon back in September (I know...ouch!) and with two young boys in the back, who constantly reminded us that 'it's taking a long time', we made two stop overs on the way there and back in Barcelona and Alicante.
During our two week stay we got out and about as much as we could. We took a trip up the cable cars in Benalmadena (so high!) and watched a birds of prey exhibition at the top. The animals in Bioparc were a highlight of the trip as we saw tigers, alligators, meercats, monkeys and pygmy hippos. We walked under fruitbats and got up close to lemurs and exotic birds. We had a disappointing trip to Sea Life as due to a cleverly placed sign we ended up at a cheaper version of the place we were aiming for. We did get to see a dolphin and sea lion show but other than that there were more animals from land than sea. The day before we left we ventured into Malaga. I forgot how popular big towns were with tourists (too much time in the countryside!) so we missed out on a visit to the Picasso museum as the queue was too long for the boys. But we did find the Interactive Music Museum which was well worth the trip. We all had fun trying out and listening to different instruments as well as seeing the large collection that they have on display.
The weather was kind to us and we managed trips to the beach as often as we could. The boys love sand and enjoyed splashing in the (cold!) sea, collecting shells and building sandcastles. We ate most of our meals where we were staying as it was far cheaper for us than eating out everyday, but we wanted to take the boys out to experience some traditional Spanish cuisine. Jacob is the more adventurous one when it comes to food and he was happy eating anything from the squid in his paella to the black pudding we had with tapas. Being by the sea it was obviously all about the fish and it was great to see little boats next to restaurants with BBQ's inside to cook the catch of the day.
When we lived in London, France used to always be our family holiday. Now that we live in France it's so great to be within driving distance of so many other countries. We'll definitely be back to Spain one day as we have Barcelona in mind for a city break.
We're looking forward to travelling around France more next year with hopefully another trip to a country close to France! What travel plans do you have for 2016?