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Hi all, I received a question from a reader asking if anyone knew anything about getting married here..well you have come to the right place..I happen to know a wedding planner that can assist you.. She is a very successful wedding planner here in Salobrena, and can take care of all the details for you in a jiffy.  Her website is..http://www.spanishweddingplanner.com/weddings-in-spain/about-salobrena.html

Her name is Jenny, and she has a crack team of hard working people with her as well..Tell her Marty sent you!

Next I thought I would display some of the shots that I took over the past few days. On Saturday I took a trip up to the dam with my good friend Heloise, the water level will surprise you I am sure.

While we were at the dam,  we took a few moments for a quick beer and a chat with some of the locals.  The name of the bar at the dam is  El Puente, which means “The Bridge”, so named because of its located at the bridge.  We met a lovely old chap there that was transporting his goat milk on the back of his mule.  While I was taking photos of his mule I heard the tiniest cry, but after searching the area I found nothing, nothing that is, until I looked inside the sack hanging on the back of the saddle..inside, with plenty of air for the little devils were two of the tiniest kittens I have seen in a long time. OOhhh so sweet.. I inquired, and they were being taken home to his wife..How sweet is that..  Without further delay, here are the shots..

DON’T FORGET, THE CAR BOOT SALE IS ON AGAIN THIS WEEKEND IN SALOBRENA, IN THE CHILDRENS PARK ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD AS YOU ARE HEADING TO THE BEACH.  Also,  Saturday is May Day, lots will be closed.  Coming up on May 3rd is the Cruzes de Mayo.  On this day different groups get together and decorate a giant cross and its surrounding area with a theme in a competition.  You can see some of last years photos if you look at May 2008 in the margin.  Enjoy!

24 April 2010

aaaahhhh water.

Look at the size of these fish..ans we were up at least 40 to 50 feet.

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Farmers mule transporting goat's milk and kittens!

Goats milk, mules and kittens.

Heading to the bar

Releasing the excess into the River, this river runs right to Salobrena.

Outdoor dining terrace at the bar El Puente, definitely worth a stop here.

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So, on Sunday myself and two very close  friends and I went to La Herradura, just to get out of town for the afternoon.  After visiting the new bar La Bamba owned by Joe and Jackie formerly of Torre Nueva, they used to have a very successful bar there called Crazy Joe´s.  Anyway, they are now running La Bamba, and it is a bit of a going concern. Because the weather has been so good, they had 60 reservations for the Sunday Roast Lunch which has proven very popular with tourists and locals alike.. You should try and stop in. Prices are good, and the Hosts very friendly and accommodating.. more on them on another day.

Today’s restaurant review is another restaurant in La Herradura (just 25minutes from Salobrena) called El Chambao de Joaquin.. This place is famous for its BBQ and its giant Paellas, which they serve every Sunday.  The place is located right on the beach, and they also have plenty of indoor seating available.  I have included pics for you to enjoy, finished off with the sunset pictures of that same day. Enjoy

Restaurant El Chamboa de Joaquin

There are lots of cool shaded places to enjoy a drink and read the paper

Indoor shot

more of the inside

Mmm Paella pronounced pie eh a, not, pie ehla I impore you to recognize the difference.. for all our sakes

Beach front seating

Our cook hard at work,A drum wok cooker

multi tasking big time.

Octopi or Pulpo as it is called in Spanish

Pork and Peppers in a wok

Sunset

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It’s mid August, and as per usual the town hall has made sure that there are plenty of interesting and fun things to do this summer.  Here is a quick run down of what is happening by date:

13 August: Salobreña’s Theatrical Group will be putting on a comedy called Lisistrata de Aristófanes.  This will be an all Spanish production so understanding Spanish is a must.  The play will be staged at the Auditorium, which is right next to the Ayuntamiento.  Time is 10Pm and the cost of a ticket is 3€.

14 August: It’s the annual Blues Concert in La Caleta.  This is a great night out, it’s free and the music is usually top notch. The stage has been set up in the little square down by the water. Plaza del Lavadero. Try not to miss this, it’s always a great night plus the two bars in the town will be hopping and I can almost guarantee the party will be going on till the wee hours.. Get there if you can.

17August: For all you movie goers out there.  The town of Lobres is screening  the film Wall-E . Entrance is free and the location of the showing is the Casa de Cultura in Lobres.  Again this will be a film in Spanish.

18 August: On this day you can enjoy a photography exhibition at the Library in Salobrena.  Exhibit will be located on the second floor in the Sala de Exposiciones.  The subject of the pictorial display are the light houses and towers along the coast.   Entrance is free.

19 August: Concert in the park.  the local music school will be presenting their band for an evening of music for everyone to enjoy.  The playing level of this band is extremely high, a very enjoyable evening is to be expected.

20August: More movies.. this time in La Caleta.  Harrison Ford stars in this latest enstallment of Indiana Jones films.  Again this will be in Spanish and entrance is free

22August: Look out Flamenco is back in town.  This will be a fantastic night of flamenco right here in Salobreña.  Festival Flamenco Lucero del Alba 40th edition. Performing at the Casa Roja will be the following performers.  El Polaco singing, Paco Cortés on Guitar, Singer el Niño del Gastor with Jose Fajardo on guitar, Rafael Muñoz singing with Ricardo el de La Juana on the guitar.

From the peña Flamenca la trilla de Salobrena performing are Eliseo and Elo Canario with Jose Fajardo on guitar.  Lucia Guardino to dance

Also performing are Juan Angel Tirado and Emilio Florido with Guitarist  Alfredo Mesa.  The show will be held at the Casa Roja start time is 10:30pm entrance fee is 10 in advance or 12 € at the door.  To purchase tickets prior, go to the tourist office in Salobreña

Enjoy!

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Okay so my friend is here visiting  from Canada, and so we have been doing a fair amount of nothing most of the time, but some days we actually get our act together and do something.  Our latest was a day trip to Nerja.

Nerja is about 40 minutes down the road in the direction of Malaga.  We took the bus from Salobrena, which cost 3.45 pp/each way, which is pretty good I think.  Anyway we got the 10am bus and after a slow drop and pick up in Almuñecar on the way, we were there in about an hour.  We walked the streets, did some shopping, we each got a new straw hat and then we took a stroll around the Balcon de Europe.  It’s a lovely outcrop of rock with a  plaza with seating, there is even a hotel and a couple of bars.  The temperature was something like 600C give or take a degree or two.

The streets were empty of the usual mid summer tourist throngs,  moving thru the streets was without any of the usual hustle and jostle.  All in all a pretty quiet town this summer. Normally it is exactly the opposite.

Anyway, we found a route down to a nice little beach, complete with a tiny shack of a bar, and from there we walked up to the hotel and had ourselves a tall cool tinto de verano.  Luck was on our side when the waiter not only told us of an elevator to take us up the 6 stories  to street level, he actually took us too the elevator door himself.   Just how old do we look? I ask you.  Day saved we had enough energy to go to lunch at a cute Mexican Restaurant that has great food, great atmosphere, and the decor is super festive.  One hint, don’t order the lemon margarita.. order a lime or strawberry.  Trust me.

Enjoy the photos from our day out in Nerja.

Contestant Number 1

Contestant Number 1

Contestant Number 2

Contestant Number 2

View from the Balcon de Europe

View from the Balcon de Europe

View from the Balcony

View from the Balcony

View on the other side of the Balcon de Europe

View on the other side of the Balcon de Europe

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Vendors Wagon.

Vendors Wagon.

Street scene.

Street scene.

Our Mexican Restaurant

Our Mexican Restaurant

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

take a close look at the menu

take a close look at the menu

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One of the long standing chiringuitos on the beach in Salobreña is a place called El Molino, in English The Mill or in this case The Wind Mill.  Saturday, myself and two of my closest friends here in Spain decided to head down for lunch. The place was packed, and as a matter of fact, we were in danger of not getting a table.  Deciding to stop for a quick caña (a small beer) at the overcrowded bar paid off, within minutes there was a table available where minutes before there was none.  Mental note. Always drink to avoid disappointment!

We were seated inside which was fine, as all of the large windows and doors were open allowing for a nice cool gentle breeze to sail through.  We ordered a round of drinks and perused the menu.  Here is what we ordered.

My two friends ordered a Paella Mixta for 2 and I had the Cazón, which is  dry battered chunks of fish deep fried.  We also shared a small salad.  I neglected to get a photo of my lunch, but probably just as well, as it wasn’t the best Cazón I’ve have ever had.  The girls liked their paella, although they thought it a bit wet.  A good paella is cooked just so, so that the bottom layer of rice starts to get crispy.  To get a paella that is like that is to die for.  For you novices out there, a paella mixta is a paella that contains not only seafood, but meat as well.. it can be chicken, pork or beef.

All in all I give the lunch a 6 out of 10, It takes a lot to impress me in a restaurant. The company a 10 and the view another 10 giving an overall rating of, 26 out of 30.    Our bill came to 48 euros for the 3 of us and here is the list of what we got.

1 paella for 2-photo included

1 order cazón

1 small salad- see photo

4 Tubo´s of beer

2 bottles of beer sin alcohol- don’t get caught drinking and driving here my friends

3 glasses of white wine

A busy traditional Spanish lunch experience  is what you really want when dining out in Spain, and we got that.  We were the only non-Spanish people in the place, and I did not see one order of chips and egg go out!

The small salad

The small salad

When looking for the photos to post, I thought this was the after photo not the before.. I had to look 2 or 3 times.. don't be fooled though, it was apparently pretty good.

When looking for the photos to post, I thought this was the after photo not the before.. I had to look 2 or 3 times.. don't be fooled though, it was apparently pretty good.

A hungry crowd

A hungry crowd

Happy family outing

Happy family outing

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Another great photo to make me home sick.. Heloise from Costa Tropical Rentals Spain is keeping me afloat with lots of great photos, which I have been posting regularly.. A big Thank You to Heloise for this!  For anyone that has spent anytime in Spain, this will be a very familiar and welcome sight.

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So there is a new bar in town called Lengends, down on the beach.  Heloise from Costa Tropical Rentals sent this photo in of her friend having a good old dance to the music.. A good time was had by all, and Heloise advises, that the place was very busy throughout the evening.. I can’t wait to check it out when I get back.

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