Flowering snapshot of a January day around the garden

 

Following on from my previous post showing you the beautiful almond blossom, I thought you might enjoy a flavour of the delights of a day in January, east of Màlaga – garden style!

What does your garden look like on a January day?

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¡Feliz Navidad!

Looking across to Frigiliana, Spain

This is the view from the terrace of Los Caracoles Restaurant and Hotel, on the scenic road from Torrox pueblo to the pretty, mountain village of Frigiliana.    Towards the bottom left you can see the white village (pueblo blanco) of Frigiliana and, over to the right, the nearby town of Nerja, with the Mediterranean Sea in the background.

This view never fails to take my breath away …. no matter how many times I see it!

And it’s exactly the kind of view that’s typical of a sunny Christmas Day, here in southern Spain.

My Christmas wish for all my readers and followers is that love, hope and happiness fill your hearts this holiday season, and may all your dreams and wishes have wings.

¡Feliz Navidad! 

This post is my response to the Travel Theme: Festive and Sunday Post: Christmas.

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Capture the Colour: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow and White

After being nominated by Islandmomma a couple of weeks ago for the Capture the Colour Competition organised by Travelsupermarket.com – I´ve finally got around to getting my act together!

The competition has five categories, one for each of the colours – red, blue, white, yellow and green.   Each category winner will receive an iPad3, and the overall winner will receive £2,000 to be spent on travel……which would come in very useful.

Despite having travelled extensively, I have decided to keep these photos within the theme of this blog, East of Málaga – except for one, which I took in nearby Seville.  So, here goes!

RED

Bull run in Frigiliana, Spain

Surely you´ve heard the expression “like a red rag to a bull”?  Well, I think it can be taken quite literally during the Bull Run in the white, mountain village of Frigiliana.  This event is held each year, early on the Sunday morning of the Feria weekend, in June.  A much smaller version than the Bull Run held in Pamplona, both in terms of attractions and certainly in the size and age of the bulls, it is nonetheless no less exciting for those participating.  No bulls are harmed at this annual festival.

Notice that the guy´s feet are both off the ground and a blur as he nervously glances over his shoulder to try to ensure that there remains sufficient distance between him and the charging young bulls!

GREEN

Orange Tree Square from the Giralda Tower, Seville

Here you can see El Patio de los Naranjos (Orange Tree Courtyard) within the confines of Seville Cathedral, viewed from the near the top of the spectacular Giralda Bell Tower.  What I particularly like about this photograph is that you can see the pointed shadow of the top of the Giralda Tower in the foreground and that the vivid green leaves of the orange trees are the only focus of colour, drawing the eye to them even more.

The Giralda tower is unusual to climb as there are no stairs, but ramps around the four sides, with viewing windows every three or four levels.   The ramps were installed so that in years gone by, horses could be ridden to the top.  Sure saves the legs up the 37 levels!

BLUE

Overlooking Bermejales Lake, Andalucía

The framing structure overlooks the Presa de las Bermejales, a large lake (and man-made reservoir) situated in the west of Granada Province, o­n the northern boundary of the Natural Park of Las Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama.

This secluded spot, far from the usual tourist trail, is a haven of tranquility especially during the very busy month of August.  It´s a beautiful place to spend a peaceful few hours or days, enjoying nature at it´s best.  I love the way the silhouetted structure frames the layers of hazy blue mountains disappearing into the distance.

YELLOW

Making paella at Ayo´s restaurant, Nerja

East of Málaga wouldn´t be Spain without a giant-sized paella being cooked over a wood-fire at Chiringuito de Ayo on Burriana Beach in Nerja.   Surrounded by palm and banana trees, Ayo´s Restaurant is something of an institution, serving up delicious food for over 40 years.   There is no need to book a table but you will have to take your chances, along with everyone else, in trying to secure the next one coming free – but that´s all part of the fun!  Locals flock to Ayo´s in their droves to sample the mouth-watering paella,  there is always a great atmosphere AND you can can queue up for a second plate – free! 

Mmmm … you can almost smell it from there,  right?

WHITE

Sea mist rolling up the valley from the Mediterranean

My final photograph was taken during Spring-time from my house in the countryside, looking down the valley towards the Mediterranean Sea.  Of course, the water isn’t visible as there is a thick sea mist pouring inland.

On days when the mist rolls in, there is a constantly changing scene.  Sometimes the white-washed fincas on the opposite side of the valley can be clearly seen.  Other times the cloud completely surrounds the valley below our villa and obliterates our view of everything.

This is a magical time.  It’s as if we are the only people on Earth and the house becomes “our castle in the clouds”!

MY NOMINATIONS

I know there are only a few days left before this competition closes on August 29th 2012, and you may have already been nominated,  but here goes:

Diana at Canadian Travel Bugs   
Toby at Travels with Toby  
Tamara at A Foot in Two Campos
Rommel at The Sophomore Slump 
Emily at Emily Luxton

Which photographs would you choose for blue, green, white, yellow and red?

Photographs I love …. and why! [Part 10]

This is just one of a series of photos I have taken, and will share with you over time, capturing the essence of living east of Málaga.   Each one, in it’s own unique way, reminds me of why I love living in southern Spain, and in particular the Axarquía.

Bull run in Frigiliana, Spain

I took this photograph a couple of years ago during the Bull Run in the village of Frigiliana.  This event is held each year, early on the Sunday morning of the Feria weekend in June.

A smaller version than the Bull Run held in Pamplona, both in size of attractions and certainly in the size and age of the bulls, but nonetheless no less exciting for those participating.  No bulls are harmed at this annual festival.

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Photographs I love …. and why! [Part 9]

This is just one of a series of photos I have taken, and will share with you over time, capturing the essence of living east of Málaga.   Each one, in it’s own unique way, reminds me of why I love living in southern Spain, and in particular the Axarquía.

This is Calle El Zacatín, a street in the beautiful, white, mountain village of Frigiliana.  Here, the typical architecture of the village can be seen at its bestThe steep climb, profusely decorated with flowers and flowerpots reveal some of the original Arab layout of the village – winding streets, secret corners and adarves (little squares shared by a few houses and belonging only to them).

Calle El Zacatín leads to another gem in town: Barribarto, or the higher part of village, which can only be toured on foot, for its impossibly narrow streets make it impossible to drive.

El Zacatín is one of the most photographed streets in Frigiliana and is the original site of a Moorish street market, filled with merchants and artisans, over a thousand years ago.

 

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