dunes

Just outside of Tarifa are the dunes, along side  the beaches of Playas Vaqueros and Punta Paloma,  where you can also  marvel at the kite surfers, doing their somersaults in the air and riding the waves at an incredible speed.

The dunes are surrounded by pine forests , have incredibly white fine sand and makes you feel that you are lost somewhere in a desert!  (But you are still in spain)  The kids just love jumping down the sides of the slopes, though dont do this in the midday heat of the sun!!  Funnily enough , you are only 35 mins away by hovercraft to Tangier!   You can see the mainland of Morocco from the dunes.  You can pick up a daily boat from Tarifa to Tangier, have lunch, explore the souk and then get back again to mainland Spain that same day.  

life is an opportunity

the decision to leave has disappointed me so much – i think about the future for our children and how it will affect them;  but i tell myself that life goes on and we need to be positive……..

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is bliss, taste it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.”

—Mother Teresa

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chiringuitos

I am back in spain for a few days, sorting the house after some building works, but with a few of my girlfriends.  its very different being away with all females, a much more relaxed and easy going vibe!    these girls love the beach though, so most of our time is spent by the sea – though the football has drawn some of us back…….

Chiringuitos, are small bars or stands that can be seen the length of the Spanish coast, usually on the beachfront they open up during the busier holiday times and are much more affordable.  There are different types, some selling cold beverages and others that are much more elaborate and may serve meals. Some of the most typical treats on offer are paella and sardines, although the variety depends on the place . last summer we frequented .gurugu , just past la chanca restaurant –  a vibrant pop up restaurant/bar, serving more modern food – not too pricey, the food was quite good, especially the noodles with vegetables, this only pops up during the summer months.   at the other end a very good value restaurant is el Cortijiyo – great grilled sardines and this is a more permanent shack.   another fun vibrant chiringuita is tangana on valdequeros beach – very close to the dunes just outside of tariff.   there is a lovely shop there too, caravan, housed in a caravan type shack, selling more quality summer clothes.  we now have pop up vans and trucks which is the english equivalent to the chiringuita.

raw food at nectar cafe

i am so lucky that triyoga has now moved a short walk from me – the range of classes has increased and the cafe is deliciously healthy, with its range of nutritious cold pressed juices and smoothies.  i love the beetroot and chocolate cake – so delicious!  nectar cafe is run by katia phillips, a pioneer of the raw food movement – enjoy the food there or take away!  after you have taken the photos, its lovely to see them on the website.

tate modern

you have to go and see the tate modern with its new extension – it seems to more than double the size of the gallery;  at first it seems strange to see the pyramid brick clad exterior, but the interior is definitely striking and impressive – harking back to brutalist concrete days, its quite like the hayward gallery with its concrete shuttered walls and staircases.   the view from the top balcony is very impressive, though what is disappointing is that when you are in the restaurant sat down, the windows are not at sitting level, so you dont get that spectacular london view.  can’t wait for the georgia o’keefe to start.

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lily ponds

absolutely love lily ponds, there is something mystical and serene, thought provoking and calming.

the water lily is the national flower of Bangladesh, it symbolizes love and life, and is used in almost every religious ceremony. there are many instances in history where flowers have been given symbolic meanings according to the prevalent culture and era. the stunning blossoms are used as an adornment for ceremonies and celebrations.

this is Judy’s pond, where we shoot our ilovegorgeous campaigns.