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by Lavanda
Sun Jun 11, 2006 9:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Alhambra Granada
Replies: 14
Views: 5703

Bit late with this one but for future use you can get tickets from any BBVA bank, but NOT from outside Spain (I found this out when I breezed into the BBVA in Cannon Street, London). It's easy to walk to the Alhambra from the main bit of the city around the Cathedral. It takes less than ten minutes ...
by Lavanda
Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cost of Hay
Replies: 8
Views: 3026

errrrrrrrrrrrrr ... yes ... isn't that the same thing???

I'm now going to duck as it's dawned on me that it can't possibly be the same otherwise you would not have posted your reply. Sorry.

The rest of my post was sensible, though.
by Lavanda
Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cost of Hay
Replies: 8
Views: 3026

Sounds like you are going to build one of those eco-friendly hay bale homes. Great idea! Is it true that from October all new buildings in Spain MUST incorporate solar panels? If so ... about time too. However, how will that affect the cost of building, the cost of property, the ability to sell 'old...
by Lavanda
Mon May 29, 2006 1:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: vias pecuarias, verderas, canadas, caminos reales etc
Replies: 8
Views: 4525

OOOOOPS! I meant Granada to Merida OR Seville to Merida then the rest as stated. Sorry to those of you all keen to walk Granada to Seville ...
by Lavanda
Sun May 28, 2006 1:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Getting to Ronda from Marbella
Replies: 3
Views: 3748

I did the guided coach trip from Marbella the first time. Going over the route in a coach was good for me to get an idea of the terrain I would later be driving. The information from the guide was certainly worth having as well. Subsequent visits to Ronda have been by car. If you drive from Marbella...
by Lavanda
Sun May 28, 2006 12:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: vias pecuarias, verderas, canadas, caminos reales etc
Replies: 8
Views: 4525

[color=green]In some places the paths are still actually cobbled.[/color] The whole of the Sierra de Montanchez in Extremadura is covered in these paths. Long parts of the Ruta de la Plata - the pilgrimage route from Granada to Seville to Santiago de Compostela - is like that as well. Incidently, fo...
by Lavanda
Fri May 26, 2006 9:03 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: 18.000.000€ fraud
Replies: 9
Views: 4793

Yup! That's about what we know here as well. Interesting that the crooks seemed to target Brits especially. Are we more simple or just more trusting?
by Lavanda
Fri May 26, 2006 5:53 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: 18.000.000€ fraud
Replies: 9
Views: 4793

Don't think that name was mentioned but there were four Brits arrested. Also the sum involved was supposed to be more than 12 million pounds and the number of victims is thought to be up to 15,000. The crooks operated through 300 companies thought to have employed 1,000 people. Certainly, though, wh...
by Lavanda
Fri May 26, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: 18.000.000€ fraud
Replies: 9
Views: 4793

Just read about it in an e-mail sent to me. Very involved, long-standing fraud operation that goes back to 2000. Original eight crooks came to the CDS area from Teneriffe. They originally fronted legal, proper companies but gradually slid to the background while employing new people to front the inc...
by Lavanda
Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Flights from malaga to heathrow or gatwick next 2 days
Replies: 2
Views: 1445

Look at easyjet from Luton but I think you've left it too late for a sensible price. The earlier you book up the cheaper it is. I fly on Sat 5th May Luton - Malaga return for £78 and that's not particularly cheap!
by Lavanda
Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Extremadura- what is the best area to visit?
Replies: 6
Views: 2657

Thanks, Frank. I think that one of the main reasons that Extremadura is so unspoiled is that it's a real effort to get there. Badajoz has an airport but you can only use it via Madrid. Montanchez is equidistant from Lisbon, Madrid and Seville airports. Not tried Lisbon yet but did Madrid last time ....
by Lavanda
Sun Apr 16, 2006 9:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Extremadura- what is the best area to visit?
Replies: 6
Views: 2657

I drove up from Coín (about an hour south of Antequera) to Montánchez in the centre of the Cáceres, Trujillo, Mérida triangle in February. I drove up from Coín to Campillos, along the Olvera road to join the road that goes to Seville. I would give you road numbers but all my maps - even the most mod...
by Lavanda
Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:19 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Right to Roam and Riverbank laws?
Replies: 18
Views: 6900

Thank you very much.
Site works brilliantly now - it's really good - and gives lots of statistics as well.
Once again, thanks to everyone.
by Lavanda
Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:48 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Right to Roam and Riverbank laws?
Replies: 18
Views: 6900

I can't make the link work at the moment but will try again later. Two thoughts: if the water people own 5m either side of a water bank it might explain the overgrown tangle of brambles on either side of the stream running through otherwise well kept fincas, and the UK also has access rights for var...
by Lavanda
Sat Apr 15, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Right to Roam and Riverbank laws?
Replies: 18
Views: 6900

15000 sq m or 1.5 hectares legally allows building up to 300 sq m. Not a palace but enough for me. It might be different from province to province. Remember there's no one much in Extremadura and while they don't want millions of people I think they would quite like to encourge some.
by Lavanda
Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:22 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Right to Roam and Riverbank laws?
Replies: 18
Views: 6900

I'm buying one and a half hectares which is about four acres.

I have to confess, though, that the finca isn't in Andalucia but in the Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura. However, I feel I'm still eligible to post on this site as I still have a house in Coín - at the moment.
by Lavanda
Fri Apr 14, 2006 7:39 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Right to Roam and Riverbank laws?
Replies: 18
Views: 6900

That's a bit scary. What constitutes a 'riverbank'? I'm about to sign for a very nice walled and fenced finca that has a small 5 foot wide stream running alongside one edge of the land. The land has been 'worked' and not abandonded but has no dwelling of any sort on it. It looks well cared for if a ...
by Lavanda
Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Capital Gains Tax
Replies: 27
Views: 9210

Crumbs all this stuff has now gone beyond me. I have found his books a little out of date (writing to press to publication time lapse I guess) but the info has been basically sound - for me. However, what he said re: the CGT issue ties in with the broadsheet press here in the UK especially within th...
by Lavanda
Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:36 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Capital Gains Tax
Replies: 27
Views: 9210

Gosh! 'Gisela Radant' is a bit formal, Beachcomber. 'Gisela' will do fine, thanks. As for your comment about the 'gutter press' I'm not sure they would carry any sort of news at all much less financial news. Don't know. I got the news about the new tax situation from the May edition of "Spain" magaz...
by Lavanda
Thu Apr 06, 2006 8:42 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Capital Gains Tax
Replies: 27
Views: 9210

Steady on indeed! They're a pretty valuable, much sought after and fought over item in London's balcony land! When I wrote 'small' wager I meant small in terms of 'pea' not in terms of value ...