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Topic: White (10/29/09)
By Norma-Anne Hough
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On a recent trip to the Costa del Sol we decided to do a day trip to Mijas. It is one of the many white walled villages in Andalucia.
We were a bit nervous driving up to the village, as in some parts the road was very narrow. We did have one or two rather hair raising experiences, but by the grace of God we made it through. Spanish drivers are well known for their fast driving and impatience, this day was no exception. They came racing up behind us flashing lights and hooting!
We passed many beautiful mansions along the way. All painted white with their red roofs. So startling, especially on a sunny day where they just seemed to sparkle like diamonds.
Once we had secured parking, we went into the main square. What an absolute delight! Open-air tapas bars abound, as do coffee and tourist shops. I wanted to see the lace shops and do some shopping for souvenirs to take home. My friend Noelene and I decided to separate from the men, as they were not into shopping. The men decided to do a tour of the tapas bars. Typical male activity. We arranged to meet them two hours later.
Spoilt for choice, we did not know where to begin. There were also hundreds of tourists and the atmosphere was festive and gay. Leather shops also beckoned us invitingly. The shop owners overall were extremely pleasant, with the exception of one rather nasty character. We wandered along the quaint cobbled streets, pausing to gaze into open doorways. There were many women, sitting and doing lacework in their doorways, with some beautiful samples of their work on small tables.
We past a beautiful old church, and were amused at the little old women, wearing long black dresses and black shoes who sat on benches enjoying the sun. Quite a contrast to the white walled church behind them. They seemed to be quite content to sit and watch the tourists.
Once we had secured our purchases, we made our way back to the main square. We found the men and sat down to enjoy a typical Spanish meal. Paella has always been one of my favourite dishes. Wish I could make it as they do. I always have found the Spanish people very friendly and eager to help. Quite a few troubadours entertained us. Dave and I loved listening to the flamenco guitarists.
Many artists and writers have made this jewel of the Costa del Sol their home. Here they can enjoy the benefits of an excellent all year round climate, without being part of a busier, more commercial coastal town just 7 kilometers down the mountainside.
Sadly, it was soon time to take our leave, as it was time to go back to Malaga. Reluctantly we took our leave from this marvelous little village.
Mijas certainly made a wonderful impression on us. The Costa del Sol is known for its many white walled villages, they are spread all over the countryside. It is my hope, that one day we shall return to this beautiful part of the world.
“He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.”
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