|view from Element at our first anchorage|
|Paige feeding the fish at our first anchorage|
|sunset at the second anchorage|
|plethora of needle fish and beautiful water|
|our little fish who had just lost her first tooth|
|our beautiful oldest daughter|
|takes after her mom with her love of the water|
|view of the beach|
|another view of the beach|
|quaint beach bar|
|our view out at the other islands|
|taking a break from swimming|
|the British Naval Special Forces Operations carrie|
|outside the museums entrance|
|learning about underwater vacuums|
|Jordan learning how treasures found at the bottom of the ocean were brought up|
|a map of the different trading regions|
|a typical meal on board the ship|
|how the ship was provisioned|
|apparently this statue had all the anatomy|
|from left to right Iris, Paige, Ella, Jordan|
|Ella from s/v Maple|
|Iris from s/v Maple|
|Iris and Jordan|
|Ella and Paige|
|cool model ship|
|more fun with the anchor|
|more fun with the canons|
|Shaun prepping the spinnaker|
|getting ready to deploy|
|it is orange and black, perfect as our family loves Halloween|
|our first stowaway|
|our second stowaway|
|dolphins of the starboard bow|
|a better view of the dolphins|
Once we reached Marbella we attempted to contact our first choice in marinas to be turned away as there was no space. We turned around and headed down the way to the next marina and were able to get a spot. With no one answering the radio we had read in the pilot guide to tie up at a quay and await instructions. As soon as we tied up we were approached and directed to our berth.
I was at the bow waiting for instructions to release and thought that I heard Shaun say release. I released my line and let him know, unfortunately his instructions were not for me. He lost control of the bow and we started to drift backwards. We had no time to get a fender ready and again scraped our port bow. You would think that we would have learned, apparently not. This one was harder to shake off.
Marbella is a nice city and where we moored was not far from the touristy area. It took us a couple of days and a little adventure to realise this. Shaun had read about a really cool Moorish mountain village Rhonda that had an amazing bridge. We wanted to rent a car so Shaun and I walked down to the gas station to find out where we could rent a car. The attendant explained that we needed to take a taxi so w waited. It turned into quite the adventure as we had to drive 15 minutes to the nearest Sixt rental car company (20 euros later). The lady behind the desk explained that they didn't have many cars available as they were changing over their fleet. The only vehicle they had was a BMW SUV for the bargain price of 286 euros. We politely turned her down and waited for another taxi to return to the port. We asked the driver to take us back to the Marbella port and off we went. As we were going Shaun and I soon realised that he was taking us to the wrong port. We sorted it out and were dropped back at the correct one. This is how we found out that we were very close to the busier part of town. Needless to say we never made it to the Moorish village.
Later that day we took the girls for a walk to the busier part of town and sat at a tapas bar while Jordan played at a park on the beach and we had a beverage.
On one of the days we were at the marina Jordan was out playing on the dock. She soon ran back SUPER excited and proud of herself saying "I've done it! Paige, I found you a friend. He is 11 and plays Minecraft." She promptly brought him aboard. His name is Enzo and is from California. Him and his family just started out an a year long cruising adventure aboard their catamaran Shift (svshift.com/blog). I headed over to introduce myself to his parents Sophie and Andreas. Later that evening we had drinks and chatted about their plans and where we had been along with some of our favourite spots.
The following morning we quickly went to the Il Court Englise outlet shop to pick up some sheets for crew while they are with us. Once we had these stowed we prepped the boat and left Marbella heading for "The Rock" aka Gibraltar.