We’ll be spending a traditional Spanish Christmas Eve at the home of friends. Christmas Day will be spent at our home with other friends. You’ll be able to read all about it in just a few days. In the meantime, I thought it might be time to decorate for Christmas. With no tree (damn cats) on which to hang all our ornaments, we got creative and strung them across all the mirrors in the living room and dining room. It looks… interesting. I’ll share that later in the week, too.
|THE CHURCH OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL CARMEN
NEIGHBORHOOD: LOS BOLICHES. CITY: FUENGIROLA. PROVINCE: MÁLAGA.
Oh, the title of this post? San Geraldo headed to the butcher shop the other day and was elated because he was able to converse with the butcher entirely in Spanish. In addition, when he asked if it was still possible to order a turkey for Christmas, the butcher said “yes” (well, actually, he said “sí”). So, San Geraldo ordered a turkey. An 8-kilo turkey. (That’s close to 18 pounds.)
When I gasped, he said, “We’ll have plenty of leftovers for everyone!” (But that’s not what I was worried about.)
We went to buy a roasting pan. When I found one that I thought would be big enough for an 8-kilo turkey, San Geraldo said, “Oh, I don’t think that will fit in the oven.” (Spanish ovens are most often much smaller than what we’re used to.)
That’s when I said, “Uh-huh. And will the turkey???”
San Geraldo said, “I hope so.”
So, yes, there will also be turkey pictures (and stories).
Today, a glimpse of what Fuengirola looks like just before Christmas. No music. Just hum to yourselves.
(CLICK ANY IMAGE TO GET INTO THE SPIRIT.)
|OLIVE TREES AND POINSETTIEAS.|
|TREES FILLED WITH ORANGES ALL OVER TOWN.|
|AN “ICE-COVERED” TREE DOWN THE STREET.|
|MESON SALVADOR. PASTRIES FILLED WITH SHRIMP AND TIED WITH ONION.|
|A “RAW” WINTERY MORNING ON THE MEDITERREAN SEA.
(IT GOT UP TO A CHILLY 18C/68F.)
|CREPE WITH FRENCH CHOCOLATE, COMPLEMENTS OF CAFE EL NOVENTA.|
|MY FAVORITE SCULPTOR, PAUL BLANE, IS IN THE PROCESS OF
REPLACING THE SIMPSON FAMILY WITH THE HOLY FAMILY.
|ONE OF SAN GERALDO’S HIBISCUS ON THE TERRACE.|
|SAN GERALDO’S LEMON BARS.
(SHORTBREAD, LEMON CUSTARD, RASPBERRY JAM, POWDERED SUGAR.)
|ON PLAZA SAN RAFAEL, LOS BOLICHES.|