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        Following my own New Year’s resolution to get out more,   Julie informed me it was cold, I dared not admit to it
        Julie and I went to Jerez over the New Year period. We   being a bit parky, but I will confess to it being a little
        had a plan. Day one we would gently travel up to Jerez   breezy. Just the sort of weather for which you need a
        via the N340 coast road with a stopover in Conil de la   flask of hot coffee, or so I was told numerous times.
        Frontera for a bracing walk on the windy Atlantic coast   Back in Estepona, we planned our next venture. I want to
        and a stroll around the artisan gift shops for which the   go to Gorafe in February. It is famous for its prehistoric
        town is well known. Apart from it being sunny, warm and   monuments. In fact, it has a Megalithic Park. I can hear
        flat calm, the first part went well. I had forgotten that   you all groaning. Be fair, Julie enjoys shops; preferably
        Conil closes in winter. I have never seen a town more   when they are open. I like dolmens. There are two snags
        deserted. Streets full of artisan shops were all closed. I   to this plan, well three really. Firstly the temperature is
        have a habit of only taking Julie shopping when the   likely to be minus something – make a note, do not
        shops are shut. She could not decide whether to blame   under any circumstances forget the flask. Secondly, the
        me for the shops being shut or for deliberately bringing   dolmens are all on the top of two ridges that are quite
        her to a place where I knew the shops were not open. A   high and steep. At the moment Julie is under the
        designer meal and a couple of Fino sherries in Jerez that   impression we are going to a park. Mentally she is
        evening and we were speaking again.                 thinking of a relatively flat area. I know this because she
        Day two. The plan was to take our flask and some nutty   has told me so. Craven coward that I am I have not told
        bars and spend the whole day on the Marismas in the   her otherwise yet. Thirdly, I cannot find a designer
        Bay of Cádiz. I am sure I had put the flask out to bring   restaurant in or near Gorafe, will I get away with designer
        with us, I had the coffee, milk and spoon, no flask. Soft   butties? Probably not. She is right about one thing
        drinks from a filling station sorted the liquid intake out. Of  though; men do cause their own nagging.
        course that day the wind howled in from the Atlantic and
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