Monday, 21 November 2016

Oranges - the Journey Continues.

Ripening in the Spanish sunshine - in winter when it is so cold and bleak in the UK.

I have long been fascinated that just a few hours by plane from the UK, the winter sunshine is warm enough to ripen fruits of many kinds. Mangoes, bananas, and - oranges. The amazement and wonder which, as a small child, I felt as I first held a fully ripened orange in my hand all those years ago never wanes. Then, it seemed to be a distant land. Now, It is but  short hop from the UK.

In southern Spain, orange trees are part of the landscape. They decorate plazas, streets, and gardens just as in the UK we plant other kinds of trees.

Walking down the boulevards in Malaga in November, you can see oranges in varying stages of growth as you can in Granada.

Nerja, Andaluciaa (Costa del Sol)
Our favourite hideaway is Nerja, some thirty miles or so from Malaga. Orange trees are commonplace. Over the weeks in winter, the fruits change from green to a rich orange. 

The 'orange' journey can take many forms but they all have one thing in common in this part of southern Spain. They all take you through the rich heritage of AndalucĂ­a. Ronda, Cordoba, Marbella, and Nerja with the craggy peaks of the Almijarras and Sierra Tejeda as a backdrop and the sparkling sea in front forming a wonderful vista; The Alpujarra mountains below the Sierra Nevada and Granada; the Lecrin Valley below Granada, Granada city, and more on which to feast your eyes and senses in this ancient but living, breathing part of sunny Spain.


ORANGES: A Journey. A fiction story built on a dream as Charlotte and Daisy explore the hills above Lisbon and Sintra, and the Moorish influence of AndalucĂ­a in southern Spain.

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