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Our Trip to Spain-Part 17

27 Jul

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites

Day 14

Thank goodness DiVoran was feeling much better this morning and was ready to join the group today.  After breakfast our group boarded a bus for the 30-minute trip to Malaga for a tour of the Perez Texeira Winery.  This was a very interesting tour that gave us an idea of how some of the larger wine company’s processing operations work.  It was a little early for taking wine samples, but there always seems to be that small group that can handle spirits any time of the day.

Photo Credit:Bill Lites

After that interesting experience, we were bussed to the Plaza de toros de La Malagueta (bullring) for a tour of that famous structure.  Built in 1876, this arena is located in the eastern district of Malaga, right alongside the famous Paseo de Reding.  This bullring is famous for hosting the annual bullfights in Malaga during the Feria de Agosto (August Fair) which commemorates the conquest of Malaga by the Catholic Monarchs  in August 1487.  The small Museo Taurino Antonio Ordóñez (museum) is attached to the building and displays famous bulls’ heads and a limited selection of bullfighting costumes and memorabilia.

Photo Credit:Bill Lites

After out tour of the bullring and museum, we were bussed to one of the larger hotels, there in Malaga, where we were served lunch on their outdoor patio.  It was a lovely day, and we all enjoyed the fresh air.  The food was excellent, and we discussed the many adventures we had encountered during our stay in Spain.

Photo Credit:DiVoran Lites

After lunch we were bussed back to Torremolinos and the Bajondillo where DiVoran and I took a nice rest.  That afternoon we had planned to take advantage of the ‘A Taste of Village Life’ program again and visit one of the local homes for dinner.  This meal had been arranged by the tour company and was scheduled for late afternoon.  This time we visited a local couple, about our age, who lived just on the outskirts of town in a small cottage.  They were a delightful couple (who spoke English) and we had a wonderful time discussing our lives and families.  They had prepared a delicious traditional Spanish meal for us, and we visited long after we could eat no more.

Photo Credit:Bill Lites

After thanking the couple for a wonderful evening and saying our goodbyes, we walked back to the Bajondillo, where the evenings flamenco performance was still going on.  We stayed until it was over and then retired to our room where we were glad to see our beds.  It didn’t take us long to fall fast asleep after this exciting day’s fun activities.

Photo Credit:Bill Lites

—–To Be Continued—–

Bill is a retired Mechanical engineer living with his wonderful artist/writer wife, DiVoran, of 64 years in Titusville, Florida. He was born and raised in the Southwest, did a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, attended Northrop University in Southern California and ended up working on America’s Manned Space Program for 35 years. He currently is retired and spends most of his time building and flying R/C model airplanes, traveling, writing blogs about his travels for Word Press and supporting his wife’s hobbies with framing, editing and marketing.  He also volunteers with a local church Car Care Ministry and as a tour guide at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum there in Titusville.  Bill has two wonderful children, two outstanding grandchildren, and a loving sister and her husband, all of whom also live in Central Florida, so he and DiVoran are rewarded by having family close to spend lots of quality time with.

One of Bill’s favorite Scriptures is:  John 10:10

Our Trip to Spain- Part 5

13 Apr

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites

Day 5

Today was a free day to relax from our tour of Ronda and do anything we wanted.  So, after breakfast DiVoran and I joined a small group for a leisurely walking tour down the beach promenade from our Bajondillo to visit the old La Carihuela fishing village. We found the stroll along the seaside promenade to be dotted with many small hutlike outdoor chirinquito (beach bars) and restaurants and the atmosphere was very relaxing.  The town of La Carihuela is a typically quiet old Spanish fishing village that has carried on this tradition for hundreds of generations.  The people in the small shops, and the street venders in the area, were friendly and allow us tourists to enjoy browsing without being hounded to buy something.

Photo Credit: https://7across.com/resorts/Spain/LaCarihuela-Playa-Sol

Our group made its way down the seaside promenade another mile or so to visit Benalmadena.  This is an old traditional Spanish town located on a hill that rises from the sea and is known for its Castillo de Colomares Monument (dedicated to the life and exploits of Christofer Columbus), Tivoli World amusement park, the Sea Life Aquarium, and the Teleferico Benalmadena (Cable Car).   DiVoran and I were tired and didn’t take the cable car ride but waited at the bottom for our friends to return.  We discovered we had passed up an opportunity to take in the incredible view from the top of the hill.  We said we would do it another time, but never seemed to get the time.

Photo Credit: https://trip101.com/article/hings-to-do-benalmadena-spain/

I believe most of our group were pretty much worn out by the time we returned to the Bajondillo and were ready for lunch at the cafeteria and a long nap.  After that great nap, the rest of the day was spent browsing the market and the many shops there in Torremolinos.  We opted for having dinner in one of the ‘approved’ local restaurants. We enjoyed a traditional Spanish meal (can’t remember exactly what) and finished it off with a dish of Tocino de Cielo (similar to Mexican flan).  Yumm!

Photo Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/Tocinillo_de_cielo/

After that delicious meal and the walk back to the Bajondillo, we relaxed in the patio (the sun was getting low by now and the patio was shady and cool) with some of the other guests from our group, and exchanged experiences of the day.  It is amazing how different the interests are in a group who came on this tour of the Costa del Sol, but not all for the same reasons.  By the end of this interesting interlude, DiVoran and I said our good-nights, and were ready for a good night’s rest.

Photo Credit: https://www.zoover.com/spain/torremolinos/bajondillo/apartments/

—–To Be Continued—–

Bill is a retired Mechanical engineer living with his wonderful artist/writer wife, DiVoran, of 64 years in Titusville, Florida. He was born and raised in the Southwest, did a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, attended Northrop University in Southern California and ended up working on America’s Manned Space Program for 35 years. He currently is retired and spends most of his time building and flying R/C model airplanes, traveling, writing blogs about his travels for Word Press and supporting his wife’s hobbies with framing, editing and marketing.  He also volunteers with a local church Car Care Ministry and as a tour guide at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum there in Titusville.  Bill has two wonderful children, two outstanding grandchildren, and a loving sister and her husband, all of whom also live in Central Florida, so he and DiVoran are rewarded by having family close to spend lots of quality time with.

One of Bill’s favorite Scriptures is:  John 10:10

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