We got our lazy bodies out of bed this morning and decided that we would head to the Castillo de Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Castle), for real this time! While Liz was getting dressed and ready, I ran down to the Alicante Tourist Information Center to grab a Santa Barbara Castle bus schedule.
When I arrived back at the hotel Liz was all set and ready to go so we walked down the esplanade until we reached the bus stop. It was about 30 C. (86 F.) at this point, and slowly getting hotter. We knew that today would be a hot one especially that we were going to climb to the top of the castle that overlooks the whole city! We were pretty much just making our way closer to the sun, instead of getting out of it.
The bus arrived on time to pick us up and it took us right to the top of the castle. I visited the Santa Barbara Castle back in the beginning of May and I was amazed by the views. Liz felt the same way as soon as she stepped off of the bus. Even seeing it for a second time didn’t bore me.
We ended up walking around to all of the different points of the castle and we took some really great photos as you’ll see below.
It was really cool to have someone with me this time around at Santa Barbara Castle. I had the chance to explore even more parts of the castle this time and also got a few really cool photo opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if I was doing it alone.
We walked around in the heat for as long as we could before heading back to the bus. Once we stepped on to the bus we felt a cold blast of air conditioning and we were in heaven. Finally! We just wanted to freeze before getting back out in the heat again.
Once we arrived back at our hotel Liz took her usual siesta, and I headed down to the hotel lobby to take advantage of the free internet so that I could update the site. After a few hours I headed up and woke Liz so that we could get dressed and ready for our official last dinner in Alicante! Once Liz was FINALLY ready we headed down to our favorite restaurant in Alicante, Foster’s Hollywood!
On our way to Foster’s we made use of our camera as usual. Liz found some beautiful flowers and decided to make a bouquet out of them for some reason.
Everyone that passed us seemed to think that I gave the flowers to her so it worked out perfect! I looked like the man, if you know what I mean.
After another unbelievable dinner at Foster’s, we headed down to Desden to meet up with Gosia and a couple of her friends for some drinks. We had a few social drinks at Desden with everyone before heading back to the hotel for the night.
We made one last stop at the Miami waffle stand before getting back to the hotel. We both ordered one of the best desserts that we’ve ever had, a glazed belgian waffle covered in hot chocolate syrup and whipped cream. It was unreal!
Our last day in Alicante! Already?
This morning we woke up and started to do some packing before our check out time of 12:00PM. I thought that the check out time was pretty generous since there are plenty of hotels that make you check out at 10AM. Basically we just threw all of our stuff into the suitcase and headed down to the lobby where we hung out for a few hours before we took the bus to the airport.
At 2PM we headed out to the bus stop and took the C6 Bus from Alicante, to the airport which took about 40 minutes or so. By the time we got to the airport we had plenty of time to walk around to a few of the shops and get a quick bite to eat before our flight back to Dublin at 6PM.
Our flight took off exactly on time and we even arrived about a half hour early to Dublin. It was great. Another great flight on the somewhat controversial RyanAir. I love RyanAir, they’ve been great to me on this trip so far.
My uncle came to the airport to pick us up and we headed back to what has been my home base for the last three months. Although I’ve only been in Dublin for maybe two weeks throughout this whole trip, if that! We ended up having a really nice dinner that my aunt cooked for us and Liz went up to bed early. I think she’s a little jet lagged from all of this traveling, flying, etc. Plus, she’s ready to head home now after a jam packed, nearly three week trip to Europe. I don’t blame her!
Tomorrow I plan on showing Liz around Dublin a bit if the weather clears up. It’s been raining here for weeks now. Ireland is having a terrible summer! Let’s hope for the best!