This is our
fourth [*oops… only our third] Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Spain and our first time to experience a little bit of it in Málaga. We were spoiled in Sevilla — with our corner apartment and its seven balconies overlooking a historic plaza and an ancient street (click here for the last in the series of posts from our first Semana Santa… and for a view of the balconies). All I had to do was step outside or downstairs for our very personal view of several of the Semana Santa processions.
|THE RED ON THE PAVEMENT IS NOT BLOOD. IT’S WAX… I’M PRETTY SURE…
(CLICK ANY IMAGE.)
Here in Fuengirola, the processions are smaller and I actually have to walk “among the people.” In Málaga, many of the processions are large and extravagant, but I’m required to share my space with thousands of others. So, I guess I’m jaded. I caught one very small procession of Málaga’s 42 processions throughout the week. But I had a great time just wandering around the city taking pictures of the crowds and the preparations.
|READY TO BE “PROCESSED” LATER IN THE DAY.|
|VERY CLASSY FOR A STORAGE UNIT.|
|CHEAP SEATS 3 HOURS BEFORE A SMALL PROCESSION ON CALLE CARRETERÍA..|
|THE EXPENSIVE VIP VIEWING AREA ON PLAZA DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN.|
|CALLE MARQUÉS DE LARIOS, THE PEDESTRIAN MALL. NO SHOPPING ON HOLY THURSDAY.|
|YOU CAN’T SEE THE PLAZA FOR THE TIERS.|
|SAN GERALDO… SMARTLY MAKING HIS ESCAPE.|
|FOUR HOURS BEFORE THE NEXT “SHOW TIME” ON CALLE MARQUÉS DE LARIOS.|
|THE CATHEDRAL OF MÁLAGA.|
|THE ADORNED BISHOP’S PALACE (CATHEDRAL FENCE AT RIGHT).|
|FOUR HOURS BEFORE THE NEXT PROCESSION ALONG ALAMEDA PRINCIPAL.|
|I LOVE THE GERANIUM “GUARD RAIL” ON THIS BRIDGE (PUENTE DE TETUÁN).|
|THE BEST “PROCESSOR,” WHILE I WAIT BACK ON CALLE CARRETERÍA.|
|RESERVED CHEAP (AS IN “FREE”) SEATS.|
|AFTER SITTING COMFORTABLY ON A LEDGE FOR AN HOUR,
I CAN SEE AND HEAR THEM COMING.
|BUT I DON’T THINK THEY’RE FROM FRANCE.
(CLICK HERE IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.)
|IT WAS DEFINITELY NOT A DANCING BEAT.|
|I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY…|
|COLLECTING WAX. (I WAS TEMPTED.)|
|HE LOOKS A BIT RUFF…|
|WALKING BAREFOOT TO ATONE FOR HIS SINS…|
|TWO EAR PIERCINGS, COOL WRIST BANDS, AND INCENSE…|
|A MOMENTARY BREAK.|
|AND BACK UP ON THEIR SHOULDERS.|
|PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING EVERY HOLY PROCESSION… BALLOONS.|
|STILL MORE THAN AN HOUR TO WAIT BACK ON ALAMEDA PRINCIPAL… I WENT HOME.|