Lockdown Day 46: The Old Days / Encierro Día 46: Los Viejos Días

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MY OLD SCHOOLMATE MIKE ASKED to see pictures of Fuengirola before it became a tourist destination. Today’s photos are all from before 1970 — with a couple from the early part 0f the century I think. Click the images to get a closer look.

Today, the sun is shining and the sky is a brilliant blue with barely a cloud in sight. I can’t wait to head outside with the recyling. I’d better use the sunscreen. Wouldn’t want to get burned during my three minutes of exposure. It’s 10:56 in the morning and the cats haven’t been given their early afternoon treats. I’m holding out until 11. I’ll show them who’s boss around here.


MI COMPAÑERO DE CLASE MIKE pidió ver fotos de Fuengirola antes de que se convirtiera en un destino turístico. Las fotos de hoy son todas de antes de 1970, creo que con un par de la primera parte de ese siglo. Haga clic en las imágenes para ver más de cerca.

Hoy, el sol brilla y el cielo es de un azul brillante con apenas una nube a la vista. No puedo esperar para salir con el reciclaje. Será mejor que use el protector solar. No quisiera quemarme durante mis tres minutos de exposición. Son las 10:56 de la mañana y los gatos no han recibido sus dulces de la tarde. Esperaré hasta las 11. Les mostraré quién manda aquí.

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..

22 thoughts on “Lockdown Day 46: The Old Days / Encierro Día 46: Los Viejos Días”

  1. how much the town has been built up! I guess the same thing has happened along the NJ/DE/MD coastlines also. so, who won – you or the cats?

    1. anne marie:
      I’m winning! (sort of) Afternoon treats yesterday were served at 11:05 a.m., today at 11:10.

  2. So quaint and rural looking……like small towns/villages. I wonder how these folks survived this gentrification? Probably gave them more opportunities and choices maybe.
    Now…..could the cats cope or did you cave? lol

    1. Jim:
      Well, social services, jobs, and education greatly improved with the advent of tourism and immigration. I know many people who grew up here in the 60s and they’ve told me about the changes. One neighbor said, though, she and her friends used to be permitted to sleep on the beach when they were under 10.

  3. I see you wore a hat, in that last picture, to take out the recycling, smart, you haven’t been out in the sun much recently.

    1. David:
      I had to borrow that big floppy hat from SG. Mine are all kind of gangster style.

    1. Bob:
      The city did lose much of its charm due to lack of management of the development in early years. Interestingly, we’ve seen some of the charm being brought back in the years we’ve lived here.

    1. Wilma:
      Oh, yeah, many of the buildings are still here. Some have had second and third stories added on, but you can still see the original ground floor and first roofline. Others have simply been restored. So, if you wander enough, you can still see the old town. I shared shots of some of the fishermen’s cottages several years ago. I’ll find those.

  4. I like it better. Very quaint and charming. I too always wondered what your area looked like. Sorts of reminds me of my trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Your town is still pretty now, but boy back then! WOW! I used to love cities and the big metropolitan areas, but now, as I got InTouch with my nature side I prefer the quitter areas now, and small and charming towns, villages and the such. Could you imagine living there now, with maybe just a few more buildings? Or would that be to quiet for you two?

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      Sadly, the early development for tourism, especially in the 60s and 70s, took no account of the history and charm. Fuengirola started to manage the development finally and in recent years we’ve even seen some of the original charm returning. It’s definitely improved since we arrived here in 2013. Some towns, especially the hill towns, still charm the pants off you.

  5. Love the old pictures. I posted late to your post from yesterday. Look at it to see what I said about our cat.

    1. bethbfromindiana:
      Will do! I saw the email so knew I had to go to your comment. I really enjoy seeing old pictures. That same friend Mike directed me to see pictures of old Brooklyn. I’m engrossed.

    1. Cheapchick:
      Yes. And the train from Málaga only goes as far as the center of Fuengirola, no further west. Our train station, Los Boliches, has been updated a few times over the years. Most recently, just a few years ago. We even have an elevator! The station pictured is the original Fuengirola station. The new station is now underground and a bit further west. The old station, not far from where the train goes underground, is now the central tourism office. When I’m allowed to walk that far, I’ll take some pictures.

  6. QUITE the transformation! And surely, for the better? And YES, make those cats wait until 11:00 a.m., LOL!

    1. Debra:
      A lot of the charm was lost, but the standard of living and opportunities definitely improved. The cats waited (Dudo quietly) until 11:10 today!

  7. Ah yes them cats, beware because they look like they could seek a nasty revenge. The photos are great but the old Fuengirola has truly been transformed. It certainly had a lot of charm.

    1. Laurent:
      These are two of the most gentle cats. They only seek revenge against each other, and usually for no apparent reason. Yes, the old city had so much charm… and not much else. They’ve been trying to bring back some of the charm in the years since we arrived, and I like the improvements.

  8. Charm, charm, yes! Although, I love the look of what you get to live in now, too. I like a mix of historic with modern amenities and beauty — but, yeah… those are some really interesting photos!

    1. Judy:
      It WAS charming, but it was NOT an easy life. And the City is finding ways in recent years to bring back some of the charm that was lost.

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