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Rincónes de Salobreña

The Spanish title says it best.. it means corners of Salobreña in direct translation, but it means a bit more.. like special hidden places in Salobreña.  A walk the other day in the rain yielded these pretty little side streets

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High Winds and Big Waves

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La Compana Bar

La Compana Bar

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La Bahia Restaurant under water

La Bahia Restaurant under water

What started out as a dry french bread dough  cake with a bean hidden in it has over the past 300 years evolved into a delicious danish type dough cake with sweet cream, caramelized sugar and dried fruit placed decoratively on top.  This year was my very first year to try it, not the last to be sure.. it really was delicious, and it made my birthday on the 9th extra special.

My Three Kings Birthday Cake

My Three Kings Birthday Cake

The booby prize, a dried haba bean

The booby prize, a dried haba beans

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I actually got the prize, a porcelain Balthazar.

Wikipedia says:

The “king cake” takes its name from the biblical three kings. In Catholic liturgical tradition, the Solemnity of Epiphany – commemorated on January 6 – celebrates the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. The Eve of Epiphany (the night of January 5) is popularly known as Twelfth Night (the Twelve Days of Christmas are counted from Christmas Eve until this night). The season for king cake extends from the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Twelfth Night and Epiphany Day), up until Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday;” the day before the start of Lent. Some organizations or groups of friends may have “king cake parties” every week through the Carnival season. In Portugal and France, whoever gets the King cake trinket is expected to buy the next cake for these get-togethers

After Christmas Fun

I was walking through the old town this morning, taking pics and enjoying the beautiful weather that we are having.  As I came down some steps I spotted these three little girls totally engrossed in the fun of playing with dolls and a Barbie convertible.  Santa Claus has already has been, but the Three Kings have yet to arrive, they come the night of the 5th.  It’s so nice to see kids playing by themselves in the streets.

 

 

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I spotted this woman today standing in the market square accepting letters to give to the Three Kings for gift delivery on the 6th of January.  On the night of the 5th of January there is a parade with floats, bands and the Three Kings, think Santa Claus parade and you will get the general idea.  In cities like Madrid and Malaga, the parades are massive and amazing.. I was lucky to be in Madrid in 2001 for their parade, and it was spectacular..it takes place at night, with fireworks, lights, floats and music.. just amazing.

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Romeria 2014: The Horses

A few years ago there was some kind of incident on the beach involving horses, their riders and alcohol.  Following that the town hall decided to banish the horses from the mix.  They were given their own area away from the crowds and they were not allowed back for about 3 years.  Because of this, each year fewer and fewer riders bothered to bring their horses down and it really did have a profound affect on the overall atmosphere of the Romeria.  It’s a  different Romeria without horses.    After much pleading and promises, deals were made and the horses were allowed back into the mix.  I for one am happy, life has been brought back to the party.

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