Off to malaga

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 06, 2013

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Monday, March 11, 2013

Off to Malaga

We left for our "return or reconnoiter " to Malaga, and we managed to find our destination with no problems. It was a quick ride there, taking a faster or more direct route because we wanted to get to the market! And with the daylight we were confident! It was a bright sunny day!

On arrival, we had a café and Churros, more on that at a later date. We then meandered and found the Malaga cathedral which was begun in 1528, by Diego de Siloé. It's a crazy mix of styles, has a half built second tower which was abandoned in 1765 when the cash ran out! A bishop gave earmarked money to the American War of Independence against the British. It's nickname is "the one armed lady". Beautiful mall like streets surround the cathedral and market. There were a lot of street artists as well, standing still, striking poses waiting for donations. The city, the second largest after Seville in Andalusia, is very clean.

The market, or "Atarazanas - the house that guards the Arsenal" was originally a Moorish home for weapons. The fourteenth century moorish arch remains there to this day with the proclamation: "There is no Conqueror but Allah. All praise to him." Okay! The market, recently restored was amazing. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Our favourite purchases today, wild asparagus (savage), chanterelle mushrooms and strawberries. The building is in two parts, one side housing fruit and vegetables, the other meat and fish! If you want fresh fish you have to be there at the crack of dawn, by the time we got there (10:00ish) only frozen fish available. Interesting cuts of meat and believe me every animal is represented, every part of the animal is available and any egg that comes out of anything that flys or doesn't fly is there. We really went out on a limb today and bought, are you waiting for it.....a small roast of pork!

A side note: parking is under the city in a lot of places, smart! Even in Coin at the Mercando!

We had sangria today and realized what we ordered was enough for four, so we lingered a little longer and walked some more. After all, 8 Euros! Spain, or what we have experienced is not expensive.

We managed, en route back to our villa, to take the route we travelled in the dark on arrival. Of course it is the longest but I must say the most scenic. Preferable to us, we will probably do this again if I am not fired as the navigator! I think I have been given warning signals if I interpret the moans, groans, sighs correctly!?!?

Another side note: when we returned home Tony said..."I'll let you get organized , I am going to take a little drive around to check things out!" He was, I am sure planning alternative escape routes! Always, double checking that man! I made him leave me the keys in case I had to lock myself in, in case he did not return! About an hour later, I heard the horn beep, I opened the iron gates and in he came with a big smile on his face! Truly, he had found another way out of here. Man, oh man! I felt very important though, in his absence that I had the biggest key chain ever in my possession , until I realized, there is no phone, nothing! Tomorrow I am going to introduce myself to my neighbours. I have only managed to encounter their pets/animals so far! We have not seen any people on this road.

I include a little flora and fauna only because it is spring and everything is unwrapping its protective layers and coming alive under the warmth of the sun! Keep warm,

Keep well,

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Carrie on

Malaga looks a lot different than it did in 1985.

Carrie on

A little fishing village named Nerja is an interesting spot. Check it out!

Jenny on

If Paul and I were doing a trip like this....the swearing would be unbelievable!
but I guess the sangria would take the edge looks beautiful

Karen on

What a contrast, I'm looking out at running water with ice huts beyond and dark snow shadowing sand underneath at the sand bars. I wish I could I send a pic for you. Hope there aren't and chirppers in the water garden! Looks so beautiful!

Judy on

We are weeping with envy! Keep those notes and pics coming; enjoying vicarious pleasures (love that word!). D&J

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