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  Wheelchair anchored on boat trip
Last week, my husband and I boarded the ‘Super Delfin Verde’ ‘Paseo por el Litoral’ (Coast Line Boat Trip), which departs six times a day from the fishing port at Torrevieja.
   
  Travelling to France through Spain - Part 3
Last week we turned off of the A9 at Nimes and onto the A54, which will take us into region of ‘Provence’ in the South of France. Provence, endless sunshine and skies clearer than almost anywhere in the world and where most of the well know artists through out the last few centuries have produced some of their best works. Provence, picturesque tiny villages perched up on white cliffs. Provence, fields of lavender, sunflowers, poppies, grapevines and olive groves.
   
  Travelling to France through Spain
Part Two: Crossing the border into FranceThis week we continue our journey from last week’s edition of the ‘Leader’, which started from the Costa Blanca and concluded at the Spanish Border. The crossing taken at the border on the A7 motorway, just a couple of kilometres from La Jonquera is usually quite a fast transference from Spain into France, although at different times of the year and day this can vary.
   
  Travelling to France through Spain
Reporter Jill Attfield has family in France and regularly makes the journey by car from Torrevieja. Here she describes a possible route for the trip, which takes in some of the interesting sights on the way.
   
  Checking out the Flea Market of Santa Pola
Gloves, handbags, sunglasses, socks, trousers, underwear, paintings, plants, cooking pans, watches, food, fruits, vegetables, ear rings, jars, hats, necklaces, ties, ashtrays, cassettes, rugs, towels, swim suits, toys….almost anything you can imagine you can find it in the flea market of Santa Pola. This popular flea market or “mercadillo” is held every Saturday morning and Monday morning from 9:00 am until 15:00 pm in Santa Pola, and has become s an obligatory stop for residents and holidaymakers alike. You can buy a pair of trousers for only 6 euros, or a pair of slippers for 3 euros. Name the bargain and you’ve got it! Here you will find anything cheaper than anywhere. Of course the quality is not always very good, but if you take good care of what you bought, it can last all the summer. We spoke to some British holidaymakers in the mercadillo and asked them what they thought about it. First, we spoke to Mr and Mrs. Bass from Plymouth. Mrs Bass told us, “We have been in Spain three days and we are staying in Alicante. This is our first time in Santa Pola” Asked what they thought of the market, she laughed and said, “It’s hot! There are a lot of Spanish people and is not so commercialised like other places we’ve been, which is nice, It’s more traditional. The thing is you don’t know what the bargains are because we don’t understand the language!” Their particular favourite was the stalls selling olives. Mr and Mrs Bass told us, “We like olives, we don’t have anything like that at home. We are going to buy a lot of olives.”
   
 
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