Monday, 28 May 2018

May - travel season!

Back at the beginning of the year, we set up work calendar and on my insistence, pencilled in a break, in May. As you know, we are building an extension and if it's ever getting to have more than footings, we need to actually do something to it. So that week off turned into a fortnight. In Spain. It was delicious and a lot of fun.
We picked a slightly cool, overcast day and went for a drive, away from the Malaga Costa, up the nearest mountain. Oh my gosh, Spring makes Andalucia a green and wildflower strewn region. We stopped at a bustling Pueblo. It was pretty cool, you can see the clouds that were hanging over the coast. This part of the town is very picturesque; clings to the hillside and is full of twisty turny streets. Traditionally, they used Donkeys to get about and to carry their goods. These days there are still Donkeys for the tourists to ride. Like it or not, the Donkeys looked well fed and weren't being mistreated in our line of vision. There were lots of them, and plenty of people waiting to have a ride around part of the village. We stayed on our feet and walked up and up and up. 

Steep and twisty - you can see why the Donkeys are and were an advantage. Some of the streets were too narrow even for a regular car. And some were for pedestrians only.
I do love how all the homeowners have collectively agreed to use the same colour flower pots; I wonder if it's actually a community directive?! I was half expecting a sign telling me that this was a Kodak opportunity! These geraniums are probably a blaze of colour by now.

Inevitably, there were gift shops and inevitably there were bars and restaurants with panoramic views. But it stayed cloudy and so our photos are pretty limited. Be assured though of the greatest inevitability:  I found an ice cream shop, and we managed to overlook the cloudy coolness and do some market research. And bracing myself for the walk down and down and down!

8 comments:

Helen said...

no dodgy photography here! Love love love those blue pots against the pristine clean white walls... and how inviting the ice creams look. I have just heat-set some neocolours on a journal page and am now melting even more than I was previously.... clever, huh?!

Sue said...

Hi Julia, By heck you were good to walk up and up. Love the colour of the pots. At least down is much easier, so long it's not slippy.

Hope you are having a good start to the week. Sue

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

What a fabulous view Julia, it all looks so quaint. I would like to think the flower pots were an idea of one neighbour to another rather than an order for tourism but it does look so pretty. Well deserved ice creams after all that walking, hope you managed to have a relaxing holiday and forget about that extension!!
Hugs Tracey xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Sounds like a marvelous trip. The climb and photos were out of this world. I also loved the blue pots against the pristine white building walls. I bet you were tired the next day after all that walking and hiking.

Jagger Noas said...

I photographed a fundraising conference here recently. What a wonderful place for photos. I almost always hate being anywhere at 6am, but this breakfast event proved an exception. The manger and his staff from venues in Chicago were extremely professional.

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Beautiful scenery! Love those blue flower pots!

craftyani said...

So glad you enjoyed Andalucia, you can possibly see why I love it here. In our village everyone was supposed to white wash their houses every year and there are only a few areas that can be reached by cars. we are on bottled gas and the gas also the beer etc. is delivered by dumper truck. Next time come to the Almeria province. Ani

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

WOW...these are gorgeous photos. Playing catch up and hoping our travels can lead to such beauty. Thanks for sharing