Monthly Archives: November 2014

Altea, Spain

Altea by night, photo by Josemanuel at es.wikipedia. How could you get any more romantic?


Costa Blanca is the name of the 200 km long coastline of eastern Spain on the Mediterranean Sea in Alicante province. The now-defunct airline BEA invented the name “Costa Blanca” to promote their holiday flights from London to Valencia in the late-1950’s. The region is now a very popular holiday destination for British and other northern European tourists and the region includes the towns of Benidorm, Alicante, Dénia, La Zenia, and Xàbia. 

Altea, Spain is a small town in the Costa Blanca and is located roughly nine miles north of Benidorm, a popular Costa Blanca city. Altea is one of the few villages in the region that has maintained the atmosphere of a fishing village, creating a tourist area without sacrificing its natural beauty.

A little trip from Benidorm to Altea is very easy to take, in the video we are walking simply from the train to the beach but in Spain simple things often look very very beautiful 🙂 
The whole vid is one long cut a bit slowed down – recorded with Samsung Galaxy 2 – stabilized with Vegas pro.  Music by Trinity’s Breakfast.

This small village offers its visitor an atmosphere much more peaceful and quiet than the larger cities. The mountains surrounding the village keep the climate comfortable in the summer months as well as the winter months when the mountains help protect the village from cold winds.


Most visitors to the village fly into the Alicante airport located about an hours drive from the town. There are buses and trains available at the airport to take you to the village, or you can rent a car from one of the car hire companies at the airport. With real estate growing in Altea, you will find many new hotels and apartments in which you can stay.

Far from the beaches of Spain’s Mediterranean coast, there lies a land of quiet backwaters seemingly untouched by time. Traditional architecture, as well as dramatic natural settings of which the buildings often seem to be an organic part, mark these places as being among the most unspoilt in Europe. Profiles of over 30 village gems make up the four main sections of this book. From Galicia to the Basque country in the north lie picturesque fishing villages. Patient exploration of the heart of the country reveals such delights as Pedraza’s arcaded square seen against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. In the east, the whitewashed houses of Cadaques have become famous as an artists’ colony, while El Palmar is renowned for its paella. And in the villages of Andalucia, like Medina Sidonia, are the remains of the Moorish civilization of southern Spain. Like all the volumes in this series, “The Most Beautiful Villages of Spain” is completed by listings of places to stay and eat, and sights to visit.



Altea is the perfect destination for a quiet, relaxing vacation in one of the most beautifully landscaped areas in the Costa Blanca region. Many writers and painters come to the village for its tranquility and beautiful surroundings. The length of stay varies, but most visiting writers and painters stay in the area surrounding the old church, Nuestra Senora Del Conseulo. This church was built in 1910 and has a beautiful Mediterranean style design with its hand-painted tiles and blue dome roof. In fact, the church’s roof is a landmark in the area.

Nuestra Senora Del Conseulo

Nuestra Senora Del Conseulo, photo by ConradMoeller.

Walking tours are the best way to experience Altea and are available in the town or the surrounding mountains. You can take a private tour or a guided tour of the trails around the village. If you enjoy nature, the mountain walking tours are a great way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in a tranquil environment.

A short distance from the beach and harbor area is a selection of small stores for shopping. Many stores break for an afternoon siesta from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 or 5:00 p.m., but the stores are generally open from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Larger stores may stay open all day. There is also a craft market open from Easter through September, offering another opportunity for shopping. You can find a wide variety of reasonably priced handmade items for sale at the market. The market is near the harbor area.

Streets of Altea

Streets of Altea, photo by Jnordmar.

Despite its small size, golfers will still be in luck with the Altea Golf Club offering a great course for visitors to the area. The beautiful climate in the area is great for golfing, especially with the comfortable summers and mild winters. Finally, for some nightlife or more popular tourist attractions, you can take a trip to the nearby city of Benidorm where you will find vibrant nightlife, theme parks and water parks. You can travel to Benidorm by car or by train.


Hawaiian Music

The Music of Hawaii is a strange concoction of styles and reference points. A truly pan national semblance of other native musics, punctuated by a deeply Hawaiian presentation. We see this embracive approach to music quite clearly in the form known as Jawaiian. Jawaiian is the somewhat tongue in cheek name for what is essentially a Hawaiian Reggae. Since its popularisation in the sixties and seventies,

April 2009 marked the highly anticipated beginning for these four friends uniting to bring the world an eclectic mix of music. Their music is inspired and drawn from many different sources. The heartbeat and power of reggae drum and bass, the soulful tone in the voices and instruments, the poetic words and kauna, the double meaning of the lyrics, and the consciousness needed to stand strong as a people and move forward together in these difficult times. And so, from our lovely islands to the rest of the world we proudly present, Caleb Keolanui, J.P. Kennedy, Ikaika Antone and Zion Thompson, together they are The Green Band. 


Bob Marley on stage, photo by Eddie Mallin. Mr Marley was not from Hawaii but he did have an influence on the Hawaiian music.

Reggae music has become popular over the world especially with marginalised communities such as native Americans and aborigines. In Hawaii ethnic Hawaiians started playing around with the style in the 80s creating their own approach to this distinctly Caribbean music. The band Simplisity were widely credited as the pioneers of Jawaiian music, promoted by the Honolulu record company Quiet Storm Records. From its birth Jawaiian became very popular, coming to practically dominate the Hawaiian music scene by the early nineties. Reggae culture in general remains popular in Hawaii, it is hard to work down the street and not see a local sporting a Bob Marley T-shirt, and much local memorabilia comes emblazoned with the Ethiopia flag colours, a nod to the Rastafarian culture proliferated through Reggae.

The traditionally African American form of Jazz also took off in Hawaii in quite a big way in the first half of the 20th century, with musicians enjoying its expression of oppression.

24 jazz, blues & popular specialties performed Hawaiian style, featuring L.A. Biltmore Hotel Trio, King Nawahi Hawaiians, Sol Hoopii, Chick Daniels, Johnny Noble, Andy Aiona, Sam-Ku-West, Kanes’ Hawaiians, Kalama’s Quartet & others. Recorded 1927-1935. Tracks include: Hula Girl, Singin’ The Blues, Buckin’ Horse Hula, Under A Texas Moon, Coffee In The Morning (And Kisses At Night), When Summer Is Gone and many more.

There are many noted names within the Hawaiian jazz canon, with a good number still alive and active, these names include: Henry Allan, Adam Baron, Vic Castelinni, in a list that goes on and on. Baron is still very much active within the Hawaiian jazz scene today, performing with his band the Honolulu Jazz Quartet. Honolulu perhaps offers the most access to jazz gigs with a university venue that encourages the form and books local groups very frequently. Though you don’t especially need to find a venue to appreciate the music here, it is largely running through the streets, playing on most corners.

“Burning hard-bop, beautiful ballads and the ‘sound of surprise’ of jazz make up Honolulu Jazz Quartet’s second release, “Tenacity”. The members of this straight-ahead, acoustic jazz quartet have grown considerably since their first release, “Sounds of the City”, as evidenced by the glowing endorsement from the legendary jazz critic and historian Nat Hentoff, who wrote the liner notes. “With the arrival of the Honolulu Jazz Quartet’s “Tenacity”, [bassist] John Kolivas, tenor and soprano saxophonist Tim Tsukiyama, pianist Dan Del Negro, and drummer Adam Baron have even more resoundingly become part of the international family of jazz. From the first notes of the initial track, the pulse – the life force of jazz – courses through the session, all the more freshly and intriguingly because all of the compositions are originals, as are the players. Together, they have emerged into the front ranks of jazz combos. It is a privilege to celebrate the Honolulu Jazz Quartet!” Nat Hentoff, 2007

To truly experience Hawaiian music you must take a trip to the land perhaps staying in one of the Hawaii rentals from which you can always hear some instrument swaying in the breeze. from which you can always hear some instrument swaying in the breeze.




Daja’s Hawaii Travel Tips

The best tip I can give is to see lots of Hula dancers and eat a lot of the local food. The food is great, Hula dancers are fun and it supports the local traditions. There are Hula classes offered that will burn off last nights dessert. Who does not want to learn Hula dancer skills while on vacation.

It is important to focus on preparing for your trip to Hawaii. Whether you are departing from the United States or another country, it is important that you take the time to understand air travel rules. If you are arriving in Hawaii from the United States, you will not be required to obtain a passport; however, you may need one if you are departing from another country. Before you leave for the airport, it may be a good idea to familiarize yourself with what forms of identification are needed, as well as other air travel rules. Hawaii trips are only memorable if you get to experience them. That is why it is extremely important that you follow all air travel rules.


Hula Kahiko - Volcanos National Park

Hula Kahiko in Volcanos National Park, photo by Ron Ardios.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


It is also important that you pack for your trip wisely. One mistake that many Hawaii trip takers make is assuming that they know what the weather will be like. While the weather in Hawaii is consistently sunny and warm, there are no guarantees. That is why it is advised that you examine the projected weather forecast before you begin packing for your trip. Hawaii trips are almost always pleasant, but it is possible to have an unpleasant experience if you aren’t properly prepared, especially when it comes to the weather.

While it is important to focus on the preparation needed for Hawaii trips, it is also important to place a focus on your vacation, while in Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands are often referred to as popular vacation destinations because of everything that they have to offer. One of the things the Islands offer is food. Great tasting, fresh food from hundreds of cultures that have immigrated to Hawaii.



Kakigōri is a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavored with syrup and condensed milk. Photo from  the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0


Whether you are looking for fun adventures, quiet activities, or something romantic, you are sure to find it on one of the many Hawaiian Islands; however, it is also important to keep safety in mind. Whether you are snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, or mountain climbing, it may be a good idea to go on a guided tour, especially if this is your first time visiting Hawaii. Hawaii trips are always filled with excitement, but it is also important to keep safety in mind.


Tanioka's Seafoods

A plate lunch of lau lau, kalua pork, lomi lomi salmon, poi, haupia, and rice.  Tanioka’s Seafoods and Catering. Photo by webmaster of


As much as vacationers wish that their Hawaii trips would never end, all vacations must come to a close. That is why it is also important to place a focus on your return home. Unlike many inbound flights to Hawaii, the outbound flights are subject to additional screening; screening that includes agriculture checks. You will find that it is against the rules to bring numerous items, including fruit and certain food and plants, back to the mainland. To prevent yourself from being held up at the airport, it is advised that when it doubt, leave it in Hawaii.

The above mentioned Hawaii trip travel tips are just a few of the many that exist. In reality, the best tip to keep in mind is to use your common sense. You will find that thinking before you act is the best way to enjoy and safely make the most out of your trip to Hawaii.

Joseph Henry Sharp’s oil painting ‘Blow Hole, Honolulu’.

Hawaii Travel Guide

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

List of Guide Books about Hawaii