Saturday, June 18

Short spring stay in Malaga

Normally we spend the winter season here in Andalusia, Malaga and Fuengirola. As last year however we decided to take a few weeks to welcome the summer and the warm Mediterranean climate here at Costa del Sol in early June.
 The Jacaranda tree is all over in late May and the beginning of June and the purple / blue flowers are really beautiful
 The Aqua Bar at the hotel is open for the summer season and we are once more placed in the Julio Iglesias chairs for a cava sponsored by the management
 The evenings are covered with Mini Disco for the children, and entertainment. This night it was Flamenco dancing
 When moving out of Fuengirola we arranged a meeting with our friends Grethe and Anton together with my sister Gerd in Puerto Banus. Luxury clothing, cars and ships are part of the Banus, but also some good restaurants for lunch.
 Lunch places are also a part of our regular visits to Malaga city and as often before we this time stopped at Los Gatos
In Fuengirola Restaurante La Farola is our most visited place, and here the magician Manuel Gonzalez told my wife about his FaceBook site between serving the nice dinner dishes
Weekend number two started with extraordinary heat all over Andalusia. At the coast we got 38 degrees on Friday continuing at the same level Monday 13th. In Torremolinos they were close to 40. The temp. in the hotel pool also increased nearly to 30 so most of the guests moved in and out every half hours. As shown on the image we also had no wind.

 The short stay are almost over. Tomorrow the SAS plane will bring us back to Norway and another springtime  in 2016. The sunset to the west and with Parque Fluvial and our hotell are nice.
And before the dark night covers the sky the pool-area is there to say goodbye and Hasta Luego.

Thursday, May 19

Norway´s Constitution Day - 17. May

The Constitution Day (17th of May) has many traditional procedures here in Norway:

At 8 am we hoist the national flag on flagpoles  dressed in National costumes (bunader).
Then it is time for breakfast together with friends and families. The children are free to eat hotdogs and ice-cream from morning till night.

At the local schools children are lined up to sing and prepare for the large parade in the main streets all over the countries. Children from seven to eighteen are the major  participants  together with their school bands. In Oslo about 115 different schools walked up Karl Johan and greeted the royal family at the Royal Palace.
At the end of the parade the red and blue hordes, (ending their 13 year of school and ready for universities) make the incredible noise so we never will forget them
The Royal Gards are closing the parade, before all people can join the parade and greet the royal family
After the parade we go around in the city having a drink or two together with some food before we end in front of the TV to see the parades from other parts of Norwegian settlement home and abroad.

Saturday, April 16

Beautiful flowers in Malaga

 This Saturday´s visit to Malaga will be the last one for this stay at Costa del Sol.
The flowers are now exploding and this first image is from the bridge close to the railway station Malaga-Centro Alameda.
 The next photo is taken at the start of the Paseo del Parque with the beauty of flowers and my wife
 Another photo of my beautiful wife once more. This time at the harbour with El Faro and the cruice ship and the new restaurant area behind.
This photo is a photo of many photos. Zoom out and see all the small photos that creates the image.

The last image is a video taken at the fence around the Picasso Museum. The beauty is documented.
thank you Malaga for this time and Hasta Luego.

Thursday, April 14

Summer Day and 39 years together

In 39 years have this beautiful Lady and I lived together. Happy me. 2 children and 5 grandchildren, family and lots of memories.
Thank you Tullen for all the time and experiences we have shared so far.

Sunday, April 10

Visiting Benalmadena Pueblo

Yesterday we copied many other long stay friends here at Costa del Sol when we for the first time visited the nice village Benalmadena Pueblo. We had been told a lot about the beautiful place and can after this Saturday visit confirm that it is a place to return too.

In the midle of the village we found Plaza Espana and the famous Restaurant Plaza that can be recommended for delicious tapas.
In the narrow streets the flowers are everywhere.

We had hoped to use the bus from the Pueblo to Arroyo de la Miel but we could not find where to go and the people we were talking to only said that we had to climb up the street once more. We therefore decided to walk downhill towards the beaches. That too became a challenge during the 3,5 km road more suited for Aamodt Kilde and his friends,  than my legs.
But the monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus had never bee seen if not choosing this way.

Monday, April 4

Sunday pitstops

Sunday morning we woke up to a temperature around + 10 degrees.
A perfect day of beach along strolling.
First the bus to Torreblanka ( no bus to Carvajal on Sundays) then walking to the Chiringuito Oasis for a water (con gas) and a coffee Americano con saccarino.
 Then starting on the 6.5 km walk against the wind back home to our hotel. The temp had already increased to 15 degree.
 At the restaurant "Talk of the Town" we made our first pitstop. The WiFi is functioning very well here, and the small beer is good. As the sun became stronger the temperature at the table was >25
 Next stop was at Chiringuito El Cargo where we also enjoyed a small lunch of grilled Sole.
Our last pitstop this Sunday was at a new discovery "Bar Parasol" close to the Mosque in Fuengirola where their Vino Rosado can be recommended.

Sunday, April 3

Puerto Banus April 2016

At least once during our stay at Costa del Sol we visit the richen`s playground "Puerto Banus".
Walking along the harbour streets and visiting one of the restaurants have been a tradition as documented many times in this blog.
Last week Saturday was no exception in that tradition.

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As well known many of the fashion companies har their own buildings in Banus
A Lamborghini car is of course parked outside one of the shops.
 The coastline further southwest towards San Pedro
 Sone windows of Fashion Brands are passed by by my wife but others are of a greater interest.
The yellow dress in this window had a prize tag of nearly 40.000 NOK. 12.000 nok more than the green stripe long dress.

One of the reason for this Saturday visit to Banus was to have a lunch with my sister Gerd, but why is a glass of white wine prized to 4,50 Euro here and 2.20 Euro in Fuengirola