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40 Nelson Road
New Malden

My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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Idyllic Andalucia

Our Blog - Dedicated to Travel, Food, Lifestyle and Fashion

With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

Idyllic Andalucia

Rachel Carr

I was incredibly lucky as a kid to be able to spend whole summers at a time in the foothills behind Marbella. Given my childhood was now decades ago, the area had not yet been infiltrated by high heeled orange people, though it was already known as a millionaire's playground. Indeed, the golf course on which our abode was situated was also home to Sean Connery. I have returned every year since my first summer trip there and, despite the obvious changes it has seen, I still love the place. Yes, it can almost verge on tacky in parts, but those parts are few and far between - regardless of what the gossip pages of the Daily Mail may suggest.

With that in mind, my photos this week are an attempt to show the non showy side of the area. They were taken off season, which helped and would help any holiday maker trying to get some easy autumnal/winter sun. Weeks outside the summer holidays mean that the beaches are quieter, the sea is cleaner and the roads are notably less busy. It becomes a much sleepier place with a more traditional Mediterranean feel.

That being said, I don't want to be harsh on the funseeking crowd. It would be hypocritical of me to do so. I have never had a bad night out in Puerto Banus. And I have had many. However, with swathes of people visiting a place, prices can be high (10€ for a bog standard gin and tonic) and often food in touristy traps is poor to average - and at the same high prices. I have had plenty of time, however, to collate a few places that I ensure I visit whenever I am lucky enough to travel there. Please see below! 

All pictures are available on canvas or as an unframed or framed photograph print in varying sizes. A number of these snaps would look great as large wall art and we are still offering discounts for a multiple purchases. Contact me for any details, thoughts or praise!

 

Restaurants

 Aloha Golf Club - consistenly offers the best paella I have ever had. 

Guey - good quality food that is worth the money

Los Bandidos - one of the few restaurants I would eat at in the heart of Puerto Banus Marina

El Gran Gatsby - a new restaurant with fantastic views and a good standard of food.  

Clubs 

Pangea - attached to El Gran Gatsby. Again a great view with good music and excellent people watching. Try to get a table

La Sala - off the strip, but plays good music in a multi roomed venue

Ocean Club - a day club with a huge pool and prices to match. But always fun and a good excuse to indulge your inner Towie lover

News Cafe - quite the institution in the Port and a very relaxed door policy. Have a few drinks at Sinatra's or Salduba first.  

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