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I took these two short videos of the fire in all its glory at the San Juan Fiesta

 

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Please forgive me for not posting some of these pictures sooner, but I have just been that busy.  Overall the day was a great success and everyone had a wonderful time.  The weather was a staggering 45C in the direct sunlight..it nearly killed me.  Anyway.. over the next few days, I will be posting my favorite pictures of the 561 that I took.  It’s hard work you know.

Enjoy!!

Check out the girls in the background.

Check out the girls in the background.

Who doesn't like balloons

Who doesn't like baloons

The yellow dress

The yellow dress

Lovely little donkey.

Lovely little donkey.

Fair maidens in a row.

Fair maidens in a row.

I want

I want

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This is just a reminder that the Cruces de Mayo will be taking place on the 3rd of May in Salobrena, look for all the brightly decorated Crosses all over  town..Last year was just fantastic, you can get a full list of all the competitors and their locations at the tourist office or at the individual competitor sites.  The larger sites will set up a bar and all sites will accept small donations to help keep the tradition alive, but there is absolutely no pressure to donate.   The sites with bars, will party on into the night, some all night!  Unfortunately I cannot be there this year so to get an idea of what to expect, you can take a look at May 2008 to see some of the photos from last year.  Don’t miss this opportunity to mix with the locals and enjoy one of our annual fiesta days.

Please also note, that May the 1st is a bank holiday, and most of the shops will be closed.  It is May Day after all..

This is one of last years beautiful entries into the Cruces de Mayo Festival Competition.

Humildad Flamenca

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I am still away in Canada, so I am going to continue posting pictures from the Romeria until I can get back there, or until some of you nice people submit some of your photos or stories about Salobrena. We had the Romeria last Sunday, and boy did we have fun. The weather was great, and thousands turned out for the festivities.

It's not that bad son.

It's not that bad son.

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For those of you planning a trip to this area in the very near future, I want to suggest that you keep in mind the date of October 6.  This is the day of our annual Rosaria Romeria.  This really is a great day here in Salobreña. There is live music, flamenco dancing, giant paellas, horse dressage displays, hundreds of people dressed in traditional costume, fireworks, you name it.  Traditionally the statue of the Virgin Rosaria is escorted by men on horse back and pulled by 2 beautiful oxen down to the beach where a blessing and prayer are read, then she is pulled the entire length of the beach down to where the dressage competition is held and where you will also find make shift street bars, and the giant paella.  The disco at the end of the beach is also opened up for the day.  You want loud music and hot and sweaty, this is the place to be.  If this sounds like a good day to you, then by all means come and join us for the fun.. Remember, it’s October the 6th.

Here are a couple of pics from last year.  All of these pics have  been previously displayed on this blog.

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As always, you can click on the pic to get the full size image. I love the fair, cuz it’s all shiny and loud, just like Vegas.



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As I mentioned in a couple of earlier posts, this weekend is one of the busiest and best of the whole year.. There were 3 concerts- one rock, one jazz and one traditional Spanish music. A fair complete with rides and ring toss, and all the other carnival type games, a tapa festival, and a benefit concert for the local animal shelter, Monday is the big fire night! I ran around taking pictures tonight …some at the concert I went to, and others at the fair, which will go on until about 4am. Good luck sleeping at all tonight if you live down that end of town.. There was even a harvest moon tonight.. It seems the Gods have collided and brought us just the perfect weekend. Here are a couple of pics.

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Oh boy we have a big weekend coming up starting the 21th of June.. For those of you arriving on or before that weekend, be sure to go to the Paseo de Flores, which is one level below the castle for the Tapa Festival..there will be bars and music and tapaaaaaaaas Galore. The Tapa festival takes place on the 21st and 22nd of June.

The big San Juan Festival on the 23rd is next. This is a great night out. On this night, the city builds a huge bon fire on the beach standing at least 30feet high, the flames almost touch the stars, you can also build your own bon fire. There will be fire works, live music, and the place will be hopping.  Last year I think we arrived back home at about 5am after hitting several bars and taking in the music. More good news, it is also the only night of the year you can sleep on the beach legally too.

At midnight, you are meant swim in the ocean, legend has it, that if you do, the years will just fall away..

Be sure to check back for pics from the night.. If you are coming this way, and you have any questions, pls don’t hesitate to ask.

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This was the last cross that I got to get a picture of, unless I can get around to a couple today before they are taken down.  The town has been heaving with people in full party mode.  Summertime in Salobreña is the best time of year in my opinion.  Our population explodes with the tourism, the mood is light, and the weather is fantastic.  Our next fiesta is the fiest de San Juan happening 24-28jun. More about that later.  This is the cross erected by the Associación De Mujeres Tropica.  In other words, the Tropical Womens Association.

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This is probably my favorite cross because of the surroundings. Three ladies do a cross on this little side street every year, and every year it is bigger and better than the last. The plants you see on this street are here year round, not just for the Cruces de Mayo. It is a lovely little street and the 3 ladies involved with the making of the cross look after all these plants themselves. Here goes.



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