Arrival February 1, 2019. Madrid to Malaga by the AVE high speed train (top speed 275km/hr). Arrival in Malaga 2h20 minutes after departing Madrid. Francisco (Andalucians drop the "s") our taxi driver has our names on a sign at the station. He allows us to pick up some groceries in Malaga before departing to Nerja. Cool, very light rain. It is evening in Malaga. We pay Francisco and find our way to the villa in the Oasis de Capistrano, Nerja, Malaga, Spain. We wake up to bright sun (after all it IS the Costa del Sol), and this view. The tall peak to my right is Pico de Cielo, which is 1510 metres high.
Motacilla alba, became my second European specialty. These birds do indeed wag their tails constantly. We have also seen Grey Wagtails (photo near end of this blog), which are not quite as common.
Phoenicopterus roseus) and many waterfowl, and wading birds....
including this White Stork, Ciconia ciconia, which was NOT seen carring a baby.
Jan was more interested in the numerous wild horses, including some which were clearly Andalusians.
I still like the Flamingos more. The pink ones are full adults, and the white ones are juveniles.
Álvaro, our delightful nature guide, helping our host Nigel demonstrate the technicalities of "curing" olives. Jan is seen in the background sampling the wares, with the olive orchard behind her. Nigel had earlier explained that he made olive oil by stomping on the olives with his "Wellies". We concluded that he wasn't giving us an accurate picture! How could he POSSIBLY get into that blue container and stomp? We know better than that, Nigel!
Álvaro translated the sign below which tells the story of these venerable "árboles".
We watched a similar flamenco performance and once again experienced the emotion of this dance form in the caves of Granada.
She added that the seats in the shade (bull fights begin in April and go to October) are 29 Euros. Shade seats, where the notables sit, are almost 300 Euros. "I would take the sun seats for sure," I said. The tour guide then mentioned that those seats are subject to temperatures approaching 45C. "Oh," I said.
Gyps fulvus, were looking quite "fondly" at me. "I am NOT dead yet," I shouted.
Capra pyrenaica, lounging on the high cliffs.
Above, a rare Ronda goat cheese bought in a very Spanish restaurant (Venta La Vega) 15 minutes to the west of Ronda.
Motacilla cinerea. I found this male in the Rio Chillar, on the west side of Nerja.The black bib is a key field mark during breeding season.
Albaicín, at night. Pictured below from Albaicin, the illuminated Alhambra. We then proceeded to Sacromonte, where Flamenco is performed in caves in which this art form has been practiced for over 500 years. The origin of Flamenco, as in Sevilla, relates to the forced conversions of Muslims and Jews following 1492.
Brugmansia arborea, brightens the view during our noon time meals.