I’m Mary and I blog over at Over 40 and a Mum to One above the adventures I have with my nearly 4 year old Monkey son. Monkey arrived just as I was planning my wedding to my second husband Daddy P, we thought it would take forever to get pregnant, it didn’t! and I was six months pregnant on our wedding day. We live in Oxfordshire with our one year old cat Brewster, and I’m a fanatical Formula One fan, so my love of Ferrari pops up from time to time! You can catch up with me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. I started blogging in February this year, it’s opened up a whole new world for me and I’m loving it!
Puerto Banus – what a difference a year makes!
As regular readers to my blog will know, my parents live in Andalucia, Spain. We were there for a week in October this year, we’d been down to the coast one day and visited Mijas and decided to visit Puerto Banus for the afternoon. In October 2013 the weather was wonder, bright sunshine and 30+ degrees. We’d visited Puerto Banus in November 2012 – then it was about 10 degrees and we had torrential rain!
On our first visit the sea was lashing over the sea wall, NO ONE was on the beach, it was a cold, wet, dreary day. It was not fun.
We needed to return to see Puerto Banus in all it’s glory. We wanted Monkey (my nearly 4 year old son) to see all the flashy boats and I wanted to car spot, being a big Ferrari fan!
We were not disappointed. It remained a wonderfully sunny afternoon, there were lots of wonderful boats to see and I spotted a number of Ferrari’s. Monkey and I were both happy.
Puerto Banus is one of those places you can happily people watch for hours. We were walking along the marina looking at all the fancy boats. One had just moored and the boat guests were waiting to disembark. We were fascinated to watch the crew at work. The gang-plank came out on a push of a button, powered with hydraulic rams. Once the gang-plank had extended to the marina edge, one of the crew quickly fitted it with posts and threaded ropes through so the guests could leave safely. It probably sounds like nothing to you reading this, but to watch it in operation was quite something. When the guests left the boat they were whisked away in a chauffeur driven people carrier – can’t remember the make – it was very plush though. How the other half live! There was so many nice cars parked along the Puerto Banus marina, I was in my element. I saw a number of Ferrari’s that afternoon, none in red though – a travesty. A Ferrari in any colour other than red is just not right!
We sat in a marina side cafe and had a coffee, whilst Monkey had a chocolate ice cream and watched the ‘beautiful people’ go by. My Dad was quick to note that most of the women appeared to be ancient and caked in makeup – he wasn’t wrong!
We left the rich little enclave behind and returned to the mountains, to the real Spain, that we know and love. It was nice to see Puerto Banus in the sun, it’s been ticked off our list, but I don’t feel the need to return again.
Our next adventure saw us visit Marchena – and you can read more about that over on my blog later this week.
Thanks to Jaime for letting me be a guest poster on her lovely blog 🙂