Fuengirola Rolls Up The Sidewalks

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. It’s a chilly 17C/63F right now and after a cloudy, gray morning, the “winter” sun is shining once again. It was even raining a bit when we woke up this morning. Deciduous trees continue to lose their leaves (although their leafless season is brief). For the Costa del Sol, at least, it’s wintery. Christmas decorations are going up all over town. And the beaches have taken on their winter look, as well. I’ve never lived anyplace where they, literally (and I do mean literally), roll up the sidewalks (called “pavement” in the UK — although I’ve never understood that since the “pavement” abuts the road, which is also paved).

SOME OF THE BEACH “SIDEWALKS” BEING ROLLED UP FOR WINTER.
(CLICK TO ENLARGE.)

I need to go around town to see all the lights, trees, and decorations. There’s a Christmas tree on nearby Plaza San Rafael and, the other night when we went to Meson Salvador for dinner, we were surprised by three leafless trees covered in ice crystals. Three metal trees, that is, covered in lights.

PLAZA SAN RAFAEL AND THE CHRISTMAS TREE.
PLAZA SAN RAFAEL’S CHRISTMAS TREE FROM THE BACK END OF OUR TERRACE.
LAST NIGHT ON THE PLAZA.
ICE-LADEN TREE (MESON SALVADOR IN BACKGROUND).

Tonight we’re going to a Christmas dinner with 120 of our closets friends. (I know five of them.) It’s black-tie optional and casual-acceptable. We’re going casual. San Geraldo has some new sweaters but, having now lost more than 20 kilos (44+ pounds), he hasn’t figured out what he’ll do for pants. Could be an interesting look.

THE “FALLING YUCCA” PLACED SAFELY AWAY FROM THE WIND.
(NOTICE THE BAGS OF STONES TO ENSURE IT STAYS UPRIGHT.) 
20-KILO BAG OF STONES. THIS IS HOW MUCH WEIGHT SAN GERALDO HAS LOST.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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