The Bullfighters’ Chapel, Ronda

Bullfighters' Chapel, Ronda, SpainHere’s my interpretation of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Foreshadow, which is a verb meaning  to act as a warning or sign of indication of a future event”.  

 

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Patatas a lo pobre: Poor man´s potatoes

Triana Bridge, Seville

Triana Bridge, Seville

At the stroke of midnight on December 31st 1999 I was standing in Plaza Nueva in the centre of the Andalucían city of Seville with thousands of other people, to welcome in the new millennium.  So, it was with some nostalgia that I returned for a few days recently, to be reminded of the delights that Seville has to offer – both old and new.  I’ll be letting you know all about that in another post coming up soon, but for now, I want to show you the Isabel II bridge, more popularly known as Puente de Triana.

Until 1852, the only way across the Guadalquivir River was by using a makeshift bridge, originally formed in 1171 by chaining 13 boats together between the river banks. In 1847, French engineers Fernando Bernadet and Gustavo Steinacher began work on the Isabel II bridge, linking the Gypsy neighbourhood of Triana with the city centre of Seville.

It’s a pleasant stroll across Triana bridge which has become known for its love-locks, a custom by which padlocks are fixed to a gate, fence or bridge by sweethearts as a symbol of their eternal love.  Because of the numbers involved, this practice has now become frowned upon, and the locks are periodically removed.

As you will gather, I took the above photo whilst enjoying an evening cruise along the Rio Guadalquivir.  I love the way the lights from the bridge are reflected in the gently flowing water.

I also want to take this opportunity to announce the winner of my recent draw to win 6 handwritten postcards from Spain is …… Sylvia of Another Day in Paradise!  

CONGRATULATIONS – I WILL BE SENDING YOUR FIRST POSTCARD VERY SOON 🙂

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Riddle Me This: The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Statues

El Vendimiador statue in Plaza Almijara, Competa, Spain

I took this photograph of  the charming El Vendimiador several years ago when it was situated in the main square, Plaza Almijara in the village of Cómpeta.

The statue commemorates centuries of wine-making in the area and shows the grape-picker standing in his sandals on a dry-stone wall.  On his head he carries a basket of freshly-picked grapes and by his side, his young daughter helps with the harvest.  

Despite being sited in the main square, next to the 500 year old Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción village church only eight years ago, the statue disappeared a few years later.  I suppose this was to make more room for vehicles to turn around in the tiny square, already half full of tables, chairs and sunshades from the nearby cafes and restaurants.

No-one seemed to know what had happened to the statue and some even suggested it had been damaged during the move.

Fortunately El Vendimiador re-appeared earlier this year at the new Mirador in Competa’s Plaza Vendimia (where he really should have been all along), except now he stands alone, without his daughter.  

Curiouser and curiouser …….!

El Vendimiador statue in Plaza Almijara, Competa, Spain (from the church tower)

Looking down on El Vendimiador from the Church tower

This post is my response to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Companionable and to Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Sculpture

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Prickly pear cactus

As a result of this week’s WordPress system update, I couldn’t access the Dashboard of my blog for almost 24 hours.  

When finally I managed to log-in, I was preparing the draft of a post which was scheduled for yesterday (Friday) in which I would offer the followers of East of Málaga the chance to WIN 6 HANDWRITTEN POSTCARDS FROM SPAIN.

I pressed the “Preview” button and …. up popped a box to say that my draft had been posted!   GRRRR!

Strangely, the post didn’t appear on the blog, but that didn’t stop the message going out to followers via Notifications in the Reader, by email, on Facebook and Twitter.  Of course, this meant that when anyone clicked on the link to the post – they received the Error 404 message that the post could not be found!  

Sorry about that, folks.

Annoyingly, when yesterday came around and the scheduled post finally posted to the blog, NO NOTIFICATIONS were sent out by WordPress in the Reader, by email, on Facebook or Twitter!  

Technology, huh ….. SHEESH!!

I don’t want anyone to miss out on the chance to WIN just because WordPress screwed up – so if you didn’t receive the notification, please head over to yesterday’s post for your chance to WIN 6 HANDWRITTEN POSTCARDS FROM SPAIN – which is my way of saying a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has supported and followed my blog.

Always assuming that when I press “Publish” – you get notified about THIS POST, of course!

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