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So after the trip to El Torcal, we climbed back on board the bus and we were whisked off to the lovely city of Antequera just 20 km away.  Antequera is a beautiful city with breath-taking views, gorgeous architecture, Roman ruins and two large Bronze Age Dolmens to mention just  a few of its attractions.  It was inexpensive to eat out, and spectacularly clean.  This is very doable as a one day outing, but I would suggest an overnight stay as it is so beautiful and there is so much to see.  On our short walk around, we barely scratched the surface, I can see a return trip in my future. Enjoy!

 

A fantastic little place to eat and drink with very reasonable prices. Located right in front of the Museum Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When you go to Pampaneira in the Alpujarras, make sure you stop in at one of the functioning artisan studios.  We stopped in at a weaving house, where the owner and master weaver was working on some beautiful blankets and wall hangings.  Her name is Mercedes Carrascosa, and she has had a shop there for over 20 years.  Her shop is loaded with her work, and believe me when I say you will have a very difficult time choosing which item to buy, they are all so beautiful.  Prices were excellent too, starting at about 50 euros and going on up to 100 for a really large blanket.  The wall hangings were reasonable too, the most expensive one that I saw was 300 euros and it was quite a large and intricate piece of work.

Yarn ready and waiting!

Mercedes hard at work.

Scale for weighing the yarn.

Upper sales floor

Original slate and beam constructed ceiling.

Skeins of wool just waiting for the next project

Isn't this a beauty.

You can also purchase handwoven bags with leather detailing.

Basket of silk worm cocoons.

I want to live here

Blankets for sale.

Wall hanging in the works. Autumnal forest scene.

Upstairs showroom and studio

More wall hangings and wool.

Behind the scenes

Pick a colour, any colour

The worlds softest blankets!

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I have so much to show you, I don’t know where to start.. Recently I had family visiting me, and so we did a mini road trip but we covered an awful lot of ground.  First stop Guadix.

This is the home of the cave houses which are still in use today by a large portion of the population in the town.  The people that live there are referred to as troglodytes.  The house although rustic looking on the outside, are for the most part pretty well appointed, with internet, sat tv etc… There is also a large cathedral there and the Calahorra Fortress is only a few miles away and quite spectacular.  The fortress is only open on Wednesday, so if you want to see inside, make sure you are there on a Wednesday.  Enjoy

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Look out point in Guadix

Look out point in Guadix

Trog house chimney

Trog house chimney

Cave houses

Cave houses

More of the same

More of the same

look out

another home

another home

Hillside view

Hillside view

Fancy chimney

Fancy chimney

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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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