Bath and bull / Baño y toro

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I DECIDED TO HEAD AWAY from the beach yesterday for a walk through some streets I don’t often visit. I got a different view of the Osborne Bull and the Roman ruins near us. I was on a street below the bull and another above the ruins.

On my way downhill, I made a great discovery. The statue and top of the column from Plaza San Rafael (click here) have found their way to their new location. The column had been placed and the statue was still wrapped in plastic on the back of a truck. It’s actually an interesting spot, where two roads merge. The jackhammering at the plaza continues.

Oh, and I still have chocolate.


AYER DECIDÍ ALEJARME DE LA playa para dar un paseo por algunas calles que no visito a menudo. Obtuve una vista diferente del Toro de Osborne y las ruinas romanas cerca de nosotros. Estaba en una calle debajo del toro y otra arriba de las ruinas.

En mi camino cuesta abajo, hice un gran descubrimiento. La estatua y la parte superior de la columna de la Plaza San Rafael (haz clic aquí) han encontrado su camino hacia su nueva ubicación. La columna había sido colocada y la estatua todavía estaba envuelta en plástico en la parte trasera de un camión. De hecho, es un lugar interesante, donde se fusionan dos carreteras. Continúa el martilleo en la plaza. 

Oh, y todavía tengo chocolate.

The bull’s horns poking above the shrubbery.
Los cuernos del toro asomaban por encima de los arbustos.
Once again, I was so desperate to eat the chocolate that I didn’t put my glasses on to see if it was in focus.
Una vez más, estaba tan desesperada por comerme el chocolate que no me puse las gafas para ver si estaba enfocado.
Moose in one of his extremely rare moments not worrying about where San Geraldo and I were.
Moose en uno de sus raros momentos sin preocuparse por dónde estábamos San Geraldo y yo.

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 “Bath and bull / Baño y toro”

  1. Much better location and closer to the ground you will be better able to see it. The chocolate looks devine.

    1. David:
      I give myself one chocolate treat per day. Two more to go. I haven’t opened the gingerbread yet… because there wouldn’t be any left. The height of the statue before was pointless. I just hope the city makes the switch to simply calling it San Rafael and not acknowledging the crook who built it as a monument to himself.

  2. That is quite the climb! What an imposing view of that bull!
    The roman tile work looks as if it was done not that long ago……time is so fleeting.

    1. Bob:
      I agree with you about the ruins. In Sevilla, a 1st century city was discovered under one of the public markets in the city. They restored the mosaics (some of which were almost perfectly preserved) and preserved the remains of the houses and factories. They then turned it into an underground museum — with lots of glass. I could visit every day!

  3. thank you for those roman ruins photos; look at all the details! the columns, the tiles, the stone/brick placements. wonder what this structure was?

    and that moose shot!

    1. Anne Marie:
      The ruins pictured are the Roman Baths. They have them incredibly diagrammed, too. There are also: a tile factory, fish processing factory, the gardens of a former villa. Three minutes walk from our apartment on the beach. Yeah, that Moose!

  4. Moose is definitely comfortable! LOL

    I love the Roman ruins. How amazing to have something so ancient (and with such cool mosaics) right in your back yard. I don’t think we have ruins quite that old here in London…or do we? Hmmmm…

    The bull is interesting, too. Is it a 3-D sculpture or a flat 2-D silhouette?

    1. Steve:
      The bull is flat metal. There are a number of them around the country. They began as roadside advertisements for Osborne sherry. We’ve also got a castle built in the 900s and that’s atop Arab and Phoenecian ruins. Roman ruins in London? A researcher could spend their entire lives there!

  5. That’s a hike and a hill. Glad to hear you walked. And not skipped or jumped or ran. We know your history…… Poor San Geraldo probably wonder each time you go out…what injury you’ll come home with.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      SG is used to it and just hopes I return home in one piece. However, whenever I pick up a knife, he says gently, “Don’t cut yourself now.” As if that helps.

  6. Is the pedestal for statue going to be the full height it was originally? I hope not. Then again, the higher it is the harder it will be to see its ugliness. But – the light shining through the flowers is gorgeous. And I love how the bull pops into view. Moose must have been worn out from the crag martin vigil. Given that the chocolate was hazelnut filled, I don’t know how you even managed to take a picture before eating it.

    1. Wilma:
      The pedestal pictured is all they’re using. It’s already been mounted in the photo. The rest of the column was cut into smaller sections and the base was demolished. I’ll get a picture (or 47) today of the assembled statue. Jessica sent me a shot on her way to work and it looks good. Weren’t the light and color of the flowers perfect? And they matched the chocolate wrapper. You and I are alike. Hazelnut filling with chocolate? Heaven!

      1. wickedhamster:
        I even went and looked for pubs named Bath and Bull… and Bull Pub in Bath. No luck.

    1. wickedhamster:
      Yes, those were the Roman baths. Nearby are a tile factory and a fish processing plant, and slightly separated are the remains of a Roman villa — well the site of the gardens of a Roman villa; an apartment complex was built atop who knows what else!

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