Day 50/15 – Sunday 3rd May –15 days of Spanish lock down
This is the final email in the series 15 day or Spanish lock down…
We left the house at 0730. I set a brisk pace, only broken by her insistent sniffing and natural breaks… By 0745 we were on San Pedro Boulevard. We’d seen no more than 5 people to that point. The sun had risen and was already beaming across the pedestrian zone.
There were fewer people than I expected - a handful of joggers and dog walkers. There was a quiet and calm in the air. The lack of vehicles was so apparent. We walked the length of the boulevard, over the landmark ‘rollercoasteresque’ footbridge from west to east. I must have driven parallel that stretch thousands of times. But on foot you simply take in things that you otherwise don’t notice when driving. You have the contrast of the older buildings on the lower section of the town to the newer construction on the beach side built over the past 25 years.
We made our way down towards the beach, through the area known as Nueva Alcantara to the passeo. There is still a great deal of empty land plots on San Pedro beach side. Some of it is classed as green zone and some urban land for construction. As San Pedro is part of Marbella, building licences are likely to take several years to secure. By now people were out and about - walkers, joggers, roller blades and cyclists, lots of cyclists.
We walked the stretch along the passeo some 600-700 meters down to La Pesquera restaurant and doubled back towards the town through the park. We passed the popular San Fernando Restaurant, all of the Taylor Wimpey finished apartments and the new feria ground until we reached the Boulevard.
From there we cut through the old town, via the pedestrian street (which now runs all the way from the church square to the boulevard. On the left side was La Soberana, without doubt San Pedro’s busiest and most successful ice cream café. It’s a family business and the product is always fresh and homemade. Memories flashed back of the several visits we have enjoyed there over the past 16 years with the boys and friends. From the time they were just about tall enough to see the ice cream displayed in the chill units, until last summer – most of the staff are the same and remember the twins!
The final stretch home was via the church square and out towards the Ronda Road where Metrovasesa are constructing - expanding the town to the North/East. We passed some of the typical old streets with their casamatas and decorative plant pots. Finally after the 2 hours round trip we reached home and Majic was thoroughly exhausted!
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50 days ago I embarked on writing 15 emails to you in 15 days. Today I feel is a good point to draw a close to this series of emails. I want to thank you again for allowing me into your inbox every day and I hope you have found my writings of interest, perhaps informative and even on occasion entertaining.
If you have enjoyed the emails, please do email me a comment that I may use in a book I plan on writing over the coming weeks, or post a comment below.
It doesn’t end here - I will revert to writing regular blog posts on different subjects related to property, living here on the Costa del Sol and associated stories. I can send these to you along with a bi-weekly or, monthly summaries.
I hope to meet with you for a coffee and chat - in person here on the coast, in the not too distant future.
Until then, keep safe.
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