Sunday, November 6th

The possibilities for the day were endless…..would it be Ronda, Gibraltar or Cordoba?  All were places we hoped to see this week….but first up was returning Paul’s rental car to Avis.  The address (Sevocios Fuel Marbarra Sl Ctra) was nebulous, to say the least.  According to Google, this location was at a Galp gas station right off the highway.  According to the hotel’s concierge, it was in a totally different area. 

Paul opted to trust the concierge and he and Craig headed out with a map provided by the hotel.  Kris and I ate breakfast, showered, relaxed and read while we waited for the men to return…..which they did…..two hours later…..with the rental car.  They hadn’t found Avis. 

In their two little cars, they had driven up and down the streets of Marbella…..Paul leading, Craig following…..reminiscent, Craig said, of the Mini-Cooper ballet in the “The Italian Job.” 

As they circled around, Paul spied a taxi…..surely a taxi driver would know where it was.  He showed the driver the address, saying he’d pay him if he would lead them there.  The taxi driver looked at the directions, scratched his head and said he didn’t know where it was. 

After a few more futile attempts, Paul and Craig returned to the hotel…..Avis had defeated them.

Kris and I sprang into action.  We reviewed everything we could find on the internet and soon the two little cars headed off again….with Kris navigating….and Craig and I following behind.

Kris tried a few new routes but, with no Avis in sight, the baton was passed to Craig and I.  On our first attempt, we ended up ensnared in roadwork, with no turnaround and no exit….but we finally found the Galp garage…..only to realize that Avis wasn’t there.  An employee gave Kris directions…..and we were back off on our quest, with Kris and Paul in the lead again.

We looped around and around the area….with nary a sight of Avis.  We were about to give up when Kris spied a cafe.  With nothing to lose, she and Paul walked in and….miracle of miracles….found a local who knew where Avis was! 

With his concise directions, we found Avis a few miles away…..hiding behind a Shell station. 

We had spent four hours searching for this elusive site…..Ronda, Gibraltar and Cordoba were out of the question today.  The only place within our reach was Casco Antiguo, Marbella’s Old Town and, after a few twists and turns, we were there….sipping cervazas and eating tapas on a pleasant terrace.

Old Town Marbella is a now a delightful shopping area with narrow lanes, white buildings, outdoor cafes, bubbling fountains and the lush Plaza de los Naranjos (Place of the Orange Trees). 

We strolled over to Alameda Park, down Avenida del Mar…..

with it’s series of sculptures by Salvador Dali sculptures…..

and onto the beach….empty on this mild November day, save for a shower in the shape of an elephant.  

It wasn’t the day we anticipated…..but it was fun, nonetheless.

“The one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous” ~ Salvador Dali
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About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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