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Monthly Trip to Hotel Encanacion, Los Alcazares 19th April 2022

Field Trip on Tuesday 19 April 22 This was to the ‘Hotel Encarnación’ at Los Alcázares.  We met at the ‘Venta Puerto 3’ restaurant, Los Alcázares, where we had our Christmas lunch.

Members met at 10.30am and walked along the sea front to the hotel where they assembled in the courtyard to admire the elegant surroundings and enjoy a cup of coffee. The hotel was built in the late 19th century by a wealthy industrialist and is thought to be the first hotel complex to be built on the Mar Menor. Its thermal baths proved popular, and it was visited in 1924 by King Alfonso XIII. Its courtyard is a venue for musical concerts in the summer and also for ‘El Día de Caldero’ a Spanish national holiday which is celebrated on 12 October every year. The Camera Club’s main subject of interest was a tour of the thermal baths with examples of authentic period furniture and the balcony surrounding the courtyard with all its accompanying flowers and greenery. When the tour was ended, members took a short walk to ‘Restaurente Ramón’ where they enjoyed an excellent meal at this popular eating place.

 

Field trip Tuesday 15th March 2022

For the March Field trip to San Pedro Marina, the Club was joined by three new members, Margaret Harding and Pete and Ann Passey. Having assembled in the ‘Lidl’ car park at the Fishing Boat roundabout on a very grey windy day, nine members then proceeded to an accommodating restaurant at a garage down the road for a cup of coffee and a chat. Eventually, the Club took to the road again and headed for the marina. Along the way, a few flamingos were spotted but, as their heads were all underwater busily searching for fish, they were not really suitable for a photograph, so the group carried on to the coast. Once at the marina, although the heavy cloud made for a rather grey sea and sky, the wind had attracted a couple of sail boarders who added a bit of colour and provided an interesting scene to photograph. After an hour or so of wandering around the breakwater, shore and marina, it was time for lunch so, as there was very little open locally, members drove into Pilar de la Horradada where they enjoyed an excellent meal at the ‘Chino Asia’ restaurant.

Note-None of the windsurfers were Camera Club Members

Los Alcàzares Camera Club Appears on UK TV!

Back in November 2021, Los Alcàzares Camera Club visited the home of member Nilam Wright for a demonstration of Indian cooking and a curry lunch. At that time Nilam was being filmed for the popular Channel 5 series ‘Bargain-loving Brits in the Sun’ so the Camera Club were delighted to see themselves on TV in the episode aired on Tuesday 26 April 22. The ‘highlight’ of the event was when member Brian set light to the papadum he was cooking and had to put out the flaming food by stamping it into the ground with his foot. Nilam’s only comment was ‘Nice shoes, Brian!’