Alicante, day 8.

Now today was a very special day indeed. It was my birthday! I have for as long as I can remember always been excited about my birthday and this year was no different. I had been, to everybody’s annoyance, been counting down for weeks and the day had finally arrived. I was spoilt by my family with some lovely gifts which I opened in bed…how civilised?! We headed down to the hotel breakfast (we were staying in Melia Alicante) where there was a wonderful array of food on offer as well as champagne, which was a lovely surprise and such a treat.

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Seeing as I was spending my birthday in Spain I thought I would make the most of my location and spend the day celebrating on the beach.

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Some birthday graffiti was in order…

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Naomi (a.k.a. Gnomes) and I had fun prancing about and larking around like we used to do as children on the beach. It was a tiring task trying to catch some good snaps but I think we got a couple…

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Late afternoon we packed up our things and hit the road again. We were off to the hotel where we were going to spend our last night of the holiday- Parador Lorca. Parador hotels are owned by the Spanish government and are a means of preserving and restoring ancient relics by turning them into hotels. Parador Lorca was in a thirteenth century castle and archaeological dig at the top of a ridiculously tall hill where the views were incredible (especially from the terrace). The hotel was built to be in keeping with the fort but on the inside it had fabulous architecture and design (including glowing cuboids!). Every floor had a space designed for guests to sit and read and the corridors leading you to the small number of bedrooms had floor length windows to show off the panoramic views of the town.

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Gnomes and I couldn’t resist a little night time photo..

gnomes and i parador

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The ‘reading rooms’…

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The restaurant also lived up to our high expectations. Before we had even ordered our food a complimentary course was placed in front of us…I am not quite sure what it was but there were definitely mussels involved and everyone found it delicious. For my starter I had a salad of goats cheese and thinly sliced Spanish ham followed by fish on a bed of sun-dried tomato puree and spinach noodles topped with caviar. It was my first time trying caviar and I know understand what the hype is about!!

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But whilst the restaurant did well in the ranking, it was in fact the swimming pool that won the coveted prize of being the ‘best bit’. Gnomes and I had the pool to ourselves for most of the evening and it was just the most relaxing experience. With no gimmicks or waves the pool was perfectly tranquil. It was the perfect location to finish my second book The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley.

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