Is It Tuesday the 12th?

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

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Flag of Spain and Canary Islands  , Andalusia,
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Okay today the weather is iffy, the clouds are very low and cover some of the mountains. Tony is my morning weather guy and advises a cold front is coming in! My rooster has not made a peep!

Happy Birthday to Kathy Eckler, hope you are having a great day and enjoying the Keys!

We have been here a week, and each day we learn a little bit more. We learned that we missed a movie, in English, at the local theatre- Silver Lining Playbook, next one to come to town will be advised at a later date. I guess it is a hit and miss!

Coin is primarily a market town serving around six different villages. It boasts a thriving ceramic industry; this is the place Picasso used to fabricate his ceramic works! It is known for its olives, almonds and citrus fruit. The town is full of orange trees growing along city streets and every May they have a celebration dedicated to the orange. There is a lot of visible fruit and lots of blossoms still to come to full bloom depending on the varieties. Coin is situated on Valle De Azahar (orange blossom valley). To the west of the town is the Sierra De Las Nieves mountain range with its highest peak "Torrecilla" at 2000 meters above sea level. There is a natural park of 55,000 acres, also west. The homes are mostly white with some reddish, or burnt yellow hues thrown in here and there. Coin is very pretty, 10%25 of the residents are not Spanish split over 50 different nationalities; it is the only Spanish City with a non Spanish Councillor and the only city to have an English newspaper, The Olive Press. We did pick it up, a bit of a tell all rag, but fun to peruse. If we require any assistance we can go to the town hall on Fridays between 10 and 1:00 for assistance. The Foreign Residents department opens its' doors!

In Malaga yesterday we learned that at the airport there is no access to the arrivals level by car. You must park, go into the airport and greet your guests! How about that, no driving around in circles waiting for someone who is coming out, looking frantic searching for you! We will be there after you get your bags! We learned that coffee is all espresso and the only difference is the size, you order by size. A Churro is a breakfast donut to die for, and when you ask for two, as in one each, you will soon realize that one order consists of three! We had coffee that was very good, very strong and six churro to consume. Tony asked for espresso, got what he wanted and I not knowing, pointed to a lady's coffee beside me, and managed to get a large espresso with milk. Wow was I wired! The churro is "dunked" by many but we just gobbled them down!

We came home to BBQ our market purchases and enjoyed our evening. Tony now wants to play Gin Rummy instead of Rummy 500. I cleaned his clock! I think he is looking forward to a game that has four players!

In our quiet times, Tony reads, researches for our next days events and he loves to BBQ . I love to cook so that is certainly part of the vacation. More food photos to come! I am a garden guard, every day I walk the gardens and look for more fruit on the trees and check the progress of those just budding after their winter rest. I look for new flowers in the planters. In an area that is known for wild herbs and lavender, and wild boars, I am disappointed that we cannot buy any fresh basil, oregano, rosemary. Readily available is parsley, dill and cilantro! As we walk I pick up greens wondering if they may have some use, no luck yet, but I keep my eyes peeled for them and of course the boars as well! I also have my eyes peeled for Antonio Banderras, he is from Malaga!

We had a quiet day, a few errands, checked out a ceramic retailer and with few purchases returned home. All is well,

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Cathy on

Meal looks wonderful and your days adventures are always enjoyable to read.

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