Saturday, 15 December 2012

Return to Nerja, Andalucia

Rosie continues her love affair with Nerja and Andalucia.
After a prolonged break in the sun, I am back 'chattering'. We first visited Nerja in the early 1990's on a trip where we went to Frigiliana and the Cuevos De Nerja.( The ones which three boys discovered when looking for bats in the 1950's.)
When Andalucia called in 2000 we had to change our plans for an Italian trip on the Gold Wing and head to Nerja and Ronda. This was our big Andalucian Adventure where we rode through France and along the coast of Spain to the south, to realise a dream.
Since then we have taken opportunities to spend a few weeks there in the winter with Saga Holidays on their special 4 weeks for 3 all-inclusive holidays. After visiting in 2008 and 2009 we returned this year. 
View from the park in Nerja. Hotel in background.
Nerja is so unspoilt and timeless. Taking the break as 'living in the sun' for four weeks, we just relaxed and chilled out. After the heavy rain of previous weeks the dry river beds were dry no more and had become wide streams flowing down from the mountains behind our hotel into the sea in front of it. This meant that we had to detour along the road and through a field to get to the beach and then walk along the river at Nerja to get to the town. This brought us to the park where we watched a group of (English) people playing Petanque ( kind of bowls.) It is amazing to see orange trees in the Plazas with ripening oranges in winter.
The old Silk Market in Granada
Oranges Trees in Nerja
I have put a few photos on my
Just Us Two Travel Facebook  page.
The highlight of the trip was a day visit to Granada ( we visited in 2009 along with the Alhambra Palace) and a half-day trip to Orgiva in the Las Alpujarra mountains, Sierra Nevada 
( to the east of Granada). 
Sunrise over Nerja at 08:15am. An early start for Orgiva.


After a beautiful sunrise, the sun shone in a brilliant blue sky.With snow on the tops of the Sierra Nevada, the contrasts were fantastic.The pavement cafes in Orgiva were full of people enjoying the winter sunshine in the mountain air.

As I write this post I am listening to a live recording on CD of the North Wales Youth Orchestra's simmer concert in Bangor, North Wales. August 2012. My grandson James Thompson (https://www.facebook.com/evertonjt?fref=ts) @evertonjt was playing in first violin. ( Do I sound like a proud Granny? Well, I am!) The programme was very energetic, with the talented orchestra playing music by Shostakovich, Katchachurian, Rimsky-Korsakov and Dvorak   conducted by Gareth John.

I did some Christmas shopping in Nerja for 'my girls (3 generations) which lessened the load when we returned home. So today I have wrapped, packed, posted and stored!
Might get down to some writing next week. Oranges and The Long Leg of Italy are knocking at the door of my brain.

Rosalie
xx