Many of us appreciate RuneE´s Bench of the day posts. During my stay in Andalusia I tried to catch some photos of benches worthy a presentation in the spirit of Rune.The first photo is therefore not one bench, but at least 15 rows of stone benches at the Roman Theatre in Malaga. Dating back to the first century, it was built during the Empire of Augustus. It was used up until the third century. The Arabs used parts of the theatre for their own building purposes. They took capitals and column shafts for their own Alcazaba fortress as support for the horseshoe arches over the doorways. The theatre has a radius of 31 metres is 16 metres tall and has an orchestra of 15 metres.
In one of the major shopping streets (Marques de Larios) these marble benches are mainly used as resting tools but may also be seen as sculptures.
The same can be said about this bench in one of the more narrow streets of Malaga.The writer H.C. Andersen had a special relation to Malaga. "In no Spanish city other than Málaga have I felt that happy and comfortable", he wrote in 1862. The ugly Duck is together with him while resting at this bench at the end of Avenida Alameda Principal and start of Paseo del Parque.
Another famous person in Malaga is Pablo Picasso, born here in 1881 but left with his family to A Coruña in 1891 where his father became a professor at the School of Fine Arts. As far as I know he never returned.
Together with Pablo on his bench at Plaza de Merced outside his birthplace my sister and Brother-in-Law took a break before they returned to their second home in Calahonda.
My next bench can be found in Marbella. Not one but a lot of these beautiful decorated benches are placed in the park La Alameda in the center of the city and close to the busstop if you are using local transportation from Fuengirola.We did so when visiting the city. Less than one hours driving time, price 2,75 euros and another bench to sit on when waiting for the almost precise departure time schedule. "Pero, mas o menos " is also a part of the spanish culture.Mijas is also a place where benches can be found. (Where do you not find benches?) These stone benches we did find outside Grotto of virgin de la Pena
But as you will se from the next photo the iron bench must be a standard Andalusian. I passed a lot of them every day when we made our exercise walk at the Paseo Maritim in Fuengirola.
But just to let you understand that it was winter and great variations in weather conditions, my last bench is at the bus station outside our hotel. I never saw anybody sit on that bench. Either too wet or bussing not necessary when the sun was shining.