On the Rocks / En las Rocas

La versión español está después de la versión inglés.

WHAT WERE THEY thinking? The City of Fuengirola thought it would be a brilliant idea to paint all the rocks on the town’s beaches in fluorescent rainbow colors. The Council thought it would “bring some color and life to the area.” Bring some color and life? To the colorful Costa del Sol? To the vibrant hues of the sky and Mediterranean Sea. To all the flowers constantly in bloom? One member of the council said “We just wanted to make it look like a giant mosaic.”

The mayor called it an “artistic initiative.”

The jetty lining one beach was completed and the shocked reaction of residents and tourists quickly put an end to that. It required an emergency meeting at which time it was agreed the rocks would be returned to normal. The “decorating” was done in early March. As you can see by my photos from several weeks ago and from today, some of the colors may be here permanently (except for the ones hidden by the sand).


¿QUE ESTABAN PENSANDO? La ciudad de Fuengirola pensó que sería una idea brillante pintar todas las rocas en las playas de la ciudad con colores de arco iris fluorescentes. El Consejo pensó que ”traería algo de color y vida al área”. Trae un poco de color y vida? ¿A la Costa del Sol? A los tonos vibrantes del cielo y mar mediterráneo. ¿A todas las flores constantemente en flor? Un miembro del consejo dijo: “Solo queríamos que pareciera un mosaico gigante” .

La alcaldesa lo llamó una “iniciativa artística”.

El muelle que bordea una de las playas se completó y la reacción de disgusto de los residentes y turistas acabó rápidamente con eso. Se requirió una reunión de emergencia en la que se acordó que las rocas volverían a la normalidad. La “decoración” se realizó a principios de marzo. Como puede ver en mis fotos de hace unas semanas y de hoy, algunos de los colores pueden estar aquí permanentemente (excepto las ocultas por la arena).

En inglés, la frase “on the rocks” (en las rocas) significa “con hielo”.

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..

35 thoughts on “On the Rocks / En las Rocas”

  1. OH MY! Looks like debris all over the place. What were they/council ‘smoking’?

    1. Jim:
      It leaves me with no faith in their abilities. They must have been sniffing the fumes from those aerosol cans.

  2. Bring some color and life? To the colorful Costa del Sol? To the vibrant hues of the sky and Mediterranean Sea. To all the flowers constantly in bloom?

    Perfectly put

      1. Joan:
        I don’t think I’ve heard THAT since you left!

    1. Tynan:
      Pretty embarrassing. Now I have to find something nice to share about the city!

    1. Bob:
      Exactly. When I saw it, I gasped and thought, Vandalism! Then I read the news. That was even more appalling.

    1. anne marie:
      I can’t believe they actually went ahead and did it. It’s even worse now.

  3. If they want more color all they need to do is have the people who wear all the mismatched prints take a walk by the beach.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Parsnip:
      And they don’t even have to ask! Those people are everywhere… and they’re not permanent eyesores.

    1. David:
      And the fact that not one council member or even the mayor saw how stupid the idea really was.

  4. Looks like psychedelic sea gull poop! Some people, honestly!
    Mitchell, the only way I can access your blog is by saving comments that come to me. If I go any other way, I get a message that this website can’t be found (Maybe wrong address, wasn’t wrong before). Does anybody else have this problem? Doesn’t matter, just curious. I WILL find a way here 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      Uf! I don’t know what to tell you. I have access problems at times with other bloggers and then suddenly no problem at all. I don’t know what link you’re using — but it may not make a difference! https://movingwithmitchell.com is it. Have you tried clearing disk cache in your browser? (Don’t they always ask you THAT?!?)

      1. This is the address or whatever it’s called that I have. It’s in my favorites thingy. It worked fine before. Now what comes up is HTTP 400 bad request. It connects to the web server but a problem might be with the address. If I go to the old blogger (?) address I get right through. I even hit this link while there. Nope! I’m not asking you to solve my problem. I just feel like I’m talking to HAL from 2001. I know Google+ dropped out or something. I really don’t know computerese! This is the only link that’s been affected so it’s probably something else. I’ll just keep saving a comment from a previous post and come in thru the backdoor, so to speak. I just hate not being able solving a mystery! Thanks to you and David for trying 🙂 I don’t know what a disk cache is and my head hurts.

      2. Deedles:
        I’m sorry to make your head hurt. This makes my head hurt, too, and I DO know what disk cache is. I sometimes get that same “bad request” message on other blogs. I have no idea why. I hope it passes quickly. But, meanwhile, I’m so grateful you haven’t given up. My day wouldn’t be complete without you!

  5. OMG what an idiot to proceed with that…good luck getting it off, they might have to sandblast them.

    1. Cheapchick:
      And can you imagine the money spent on spray point and staff hours to paint it and then attempt to clean it off?!?

  6. Looks like the circus came to town and when they moved on, they left the clowns behind. What’s next in their comedy act?

    1. larrymuffin:
      Well, this city government is the Costa del Sol’s version of Republican. So that explains it!

  7. Dear lord it looks like the seagulls were crapping rainbows! Let’s hope that Mom Nature – the sun, the wind, the sea water – removes it.

    1. Debra:
      Makes me lose all faith in this city council and mayor. And, who knows, they may actually be good for something.

  8. It seems like I blink, and I miss five fabulous, color-filled, beauty-filled blog posts! Wow, your blog posts are full of really gorgeous photos, Mitchell. So much color– so many parades!
    Color on the rocks, though?? Pfff… crazy idea.

    1. Judy:
      It’s especially odd considering all the color I’ve always got available to share.

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