Climbing the hill / Subiendo la colina

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

WE MADE IT BACK UP the mountain to Mijas Pueblo late this morning. We had measurements and ideas and made efficient work of our return visit to Spanish Ceramic Paradise (known more classily in Spanish as Exposición Artesanía de España). The owner is Loli and she was again a joy. And I’m sure we made her day.

She was going to help us find that ONE plate to take home this time. But we told her we were going to take home SEVEN — and a floor vase for the the living room. We made ourselves at home and found exactly what we wanted.

While Loli lovingly wrapped all our treasures, we went back down the hill for lunch. Then San Geraldo, whose foot was hurting (we’re a pair) walked partly back up the hill with me but then headed back down to find a place for ice cream while I walked to the top of Mijas Pueblo and enjoyed the views and the history.

I then checked back in with Loli and phoned San Geraldo who drove the car up through the old streets (where parking is not permitted). I have lots more photos to share. Today, let’s just explore Spanish Ceramic Paradise — very carefully. In the days to come, I’ll show you what we actually brought home.


HEMOS REGRESADO A LA MONTAÑA hasta Mijas Pueblo a última hora de esta mañana. Tuvimos medidas e ideas e hicimos un trabajo eficiente de nuestra visita de regreso al Spanish Ceramic Paraqdise (conocido con más clase en español como Exposición Artesanía de España). La dueña es Loli y volvió a ser una alegría. Y estoy seguro de que le alegramos el día.

Ella nos iba a ayudar a encontrar UN plato para llevar a casa esta vez. Pero le dijimos que nos íbamos a llevar a casa SIETE y un jarrón de piso para la sala de estar. Nos hicimos como en casa y encontramos exactamente lo que queríamos.

Mientras Loli envolvía con amor todos nuestros tesoros, bajamos la colina para almorzar. Luego San Geraldo, cuyo pie le dolía (somos un par) caminó parcialmente de regreso a la colina conmigo, pero luego bajó para encontrar un lugar para tomar un helado mientras yo caminaba hasta la cima de Mijas Pueblo y disfrutaba de las vistas y el historia.

Luego volví a registrarme con Loli y llamé a San Geraldo, quien condujo el auto por las calles antiguas (donde no se permite estacionar). Tengo muchas más fotos para compartir. Hoy, exploremos el “paraíso de la cerámica española” — con mucho cuidado. En los próximos días, les mostraré lo que realmente trajimos a casa.

• The rear entrance.
• La entrada trasera.
• The woman at right tried to enter the ceramics shop with a small dog in a stroller and a large dog on a leash.
• La mujer de la derecha intentó entrar a la tienda de cerámica con un perro pequeño en un cochecito y un perro grande con una correa.
• We loaded up the car and I watched for the cops while San Geraldo paid. Then we made our get-away.
• Cargamos el auto y yo vigilaba a la policía mientras San Geraldo pagaba. Luego hicimos nuestra escapada.


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..

28 thoughts on “Climbing the hill / Subiendo la colina”

    1. Jim:
      SG and I are completely in synch when it comes to these things. He’d hold one or two up. I’d yay or no. On to the next. Than we compared what we found and narrowed easily to 7. The vase was almost a no-brainer. We looked at several and immediately agreed on one. More photos of the town and views are on their way.

    1. Jennifer:
      It’s hard to not fall in love with Mijas Pueblo, especially when it’s not mobbed with people. Sadly, so much was closed, but that will soon improve I’m sure.

  1. I would NOT let small children and clumsy adults into that shop!
    I love the wooden objects and the cute town.
    did SG find an ice cream shop?
    and john gray (going gently) would have a field day in there!

    1. anne marie:
      Ooh, SG and I knocked against things at times. Fortunately, no harm done… except for our excelerated heart rates. Not much was open, but SG found a gourmet shop and had the most delicious sounding bowlful. I was jealous.

    1. John:
      It was foggy down below and cleared as we drove up the mountain. Just glorious. And by the time we got home the fog had cleared.

  2. I agree with Anne Marie. I broke stuff just by looking at the pictures! I must admit, I do like a nice rear entrance.

    1. Deedles:
      We gasped a few times, but didn’t break anything. SG bumped the long central table in the first interior photo when he stood back up one time. It rocked for a bit and we both nearly died. Two levels and hundred more platters and plates on the floor below! And then that woman actually thought she could browse with a stroller and dog on a leash!

  3. “Ceramic Paradise” indeed — it would take more than one afternoon to look through all of it, LOL! I can hardly wait to see what pieces you and SG bought for yourselves!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Oh, we didn’t see 10 percent of it. Incredible sculptural works. All different designers and studios. All different styles. I’m hoping to be inspired to unwrap everything tomorrow and hang it all up.

  4. MITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You need to find me a place to live there SAT!!!!!!!!!! I love this town!!!!!!!!!!!! And excuse my words…but that pottery shop? I would have an absolute orgasm in there! I am a sucker of colorful pottery and bowls and pitchers and such! I see plenty to blow money on and I’m not even in the shop. I LOVED this post.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      Easy! Tell me what you’d like. House, condo, community, separate, in-town, away from town, views. I LOVE home shopping. There is so much more to see in that shop. And they’ll take custom orders, too! Also, they ship to the US.

    1. Wilma:
      It’s always uplifting to visit places like this. Work done with love and craftsmanship. Lots of decent souvenir shops, but this is superior to anything else.

    1. Debra:
      You know, there were no signs saying “you break it, you buy it” but it would be kind of difficult to enforce when they make it so challenging to move around. Besides, Loli was much too nice for a policy like that. I don’t know how they do it. I saw one broken plate. It had been repaired beautifully (you couldn’t even tell from the front) and it was being sold at a 60 percent discount.

    1. David:
      They ship to the US. And, if you buy more than 4 items, shipping is FREE!

    1. Bob:
      When we told Loli we would be going home with 7 plates that day and she saw us scoping out the entire shop, she suggested it would just be easier to take one of each. And she’d be more than happy to wrap them up.

  5. There’s a fine line between paradise and the other place. This shop looks to be on the right side of the line. Can’t wait to see what loot you got.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      A bit challenging (and heart-stopping) to navigate at times, but oh so worth it. Can’t wait to show you our loot!

    1. Urspo:
      This shop is one part shop, one part museum, and the rest is orgasm!

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