About Sarah F
Lives in Alicante, Spain
Since Oct 2008
I am a journalist and have been living in Spain for the past 10 years. I live in the Alicante region, which includes the Costa Blanca. As well as its gorgeous beaches, the region has many vibrant fiestas, great gastronomy including paella and the Denia red prawn, sports, mountains, waterfalls, natural parks, traditions and culture.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bodies of Water
Shrunken heads and other macabre artifacts can be found in this museum founded by General Pitt Rivers. Crammed with curiosities (including a giant totem pole) collected by British explorers, the Pitt Rivers Museum shows the changing cultures of the world. There are now about 500,000 weird and wonderful objects to discover.
One of the quirkiest sights in town (even by Oxford standards) is a headless shark sticking out of an ordinary house on the city’s outskirts. The Headington Shark has been an institution since 1986, when homeowner Bill Heine first commissioned it to make a statement against CND and nuclear power.
Iffley Lock, on the River Thames in Oxford, has an 'olde worlde' charm, taking you back to a more peaceful era. The lock was built in the 17th century, and is a beautiful sight surrounded by trees in an area brimming with wildlife.
The best cookies come from Ben’s, a chain that's been legendary for its fantastic variety of chewy, gooey, crispy treats since 1983. Pick up a selection of flavours to go, and use them to keep your energy levels up as you walk or cycle around Oxford.
Many people head for the River Thames to play on the water, but the Oxford Canal provides a more peaceful alternative. Once an important transport link between London and the Midlands, the Oxford Canal is now a beautiful place for boats, ducks, moorhens, swans, and joggers.
Oxfork, in east Oxford, is the place to go for a fabulous Great British breakfast. The eggs are organic, and there are plenty of veggie options. And for lunch and in the evenings, Oxfork also serves a British take on tapas, with great dishes for sharing.
Oxford is where the iconic Mini cars are built. You can take a tour of the factory in Cowley to see how these beautiful cars, now part of BMW, are put together. It's fascinating to see the robots at work and to see how much of the manufacture is automated. Even if you're not a car buff, this is a fabulous tour.
Magic Cafe offers gorgeous, tasty, home-made vegetarian food at very reasonable prices. If you like healthy food, good value for money, and a friendly, buzzing atmosphere, then this is the place to go!
This friendly community pub has a great selection of beers. It's also popular for its pizzas and burgers, if you fancy a bite to eat. The Rusty Bicycle a great British boozer with entertainment on some evenings. And yes, it does have a rusty bicycle on the premises!
The Bate Collection will be music to your ears if you play an instrument. The museum has a splendid collection of more than 2,000 musical instruments from various historical periods, including brass instruments, saxophones, and string and percussion instruments. The Bate Library is also home to more than 3,000 books on musical instruments and music technology!