Storks and bull / Cigüeñas y toro

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The drive from Fuengirola to Conil de la Frontera takes between 2 and 2-3/4 hours. We were lucky when we went last week. Less than 2-1/2 hours each way. Amazingly, San Geraldo and I didn’t stop once (except for a couple photos from the car on the side of the road on the way back). We have been known to stop every 45 minutes for “potty stops” and treats. Oreo cookies are usually a requirement. Are we finally adults? [I hope not.] Are our bladders bigger than they used to be? [Again, I hope not.]

The drive started off in farmland before we entered Los Alcornocales Natural Park covering 647 square miles (1,677 square km) and shared by Cádiz and Málaga provinces. It’s a picturesque and serene drive through the park. Had we had the time, we would have explored more. Stork nests are a common sight. I caught the first through the car window (like all previous photos). SG pulled over for the second nest platform. I stayed in the car, rolled down the window, and used a lot of zoom. Still, for us, it’s always an enchanting sight to see. And now I’m off to see the sights of Fuengirola.


El viaje de Fuengirola a Conil de la Frontera dura entre 2 y 2-3/4 horas. Tuvimos suerte cuando fuimos la semana pasada. Menos de 2-1/2 horas por trayecto. Sorprendentemente, San Geraldo y yo no nos detuvimos ni una sola vez (a excepción de un par de fotos del coche al costado de la carretera en el camino de regreso). Se sabe que nos detenemos cada 45 minutos para “paradas para ir al baño” y golosinas. Las galletas Oreo suelen ser un requisito. ¿Somos finalmente adultos? [Espero que no.] ¿Nuestras vejigas son más grandes de lo que solían ser? [Una vez más, espero que no.]

El viaje comenzó en tierras de cultivo antes de entrar en el Parque Natural de Los Alcornocales, que abarca 647 millas cuadradas (1677 km cuadrados) y es compartido por las provincias de Cádiz y Málaga. Es un paseo pintoresco y sereno por el parque. Si hubiéramos tenido tiempo, habríamos explorado más. Los nidos de cigüeñas son una vista común. Cogí el primero a través de la ventanilla del coche (como todas las fotos anteriores). SG se detuvo en la plataforma del segundo nido. Me quedé en el coche, bajé la ventanilla y usé mucho zoom. Aún así, para nosotros, siempre es un espectáculo encantador de ver. Y ahora me voy a ver los lugares de interés de Fuengirola.

• The Osborne Bull (click here).
• El Toro de Osborne (haz clic aquí).
• The first half of our drive home.
• La primera mitad de nuestro viaje a casa.

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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..

20 thoughts on “Storks and bull / Cigüeñas y toro”

  1. What beautiful scenery along the way!
    On such lengthy road trips we always take along our ‘very portable urinals’……don’t leave home without them!

    1. Jim:
      We have never thought of portable urinals. A very good idea. SG would, of course, miss!

    1. Debra:
      I love those Osborne bulls. It could be fun to do an osborne bull tour of Andalusia (or the entire country).

  2. I love those big metal bull signs – there are a few of them dotted around Andalusia, as I recall. Pity any baby stork that tries to flap its way out of its nest onto those electrical wires..! Jx

  3. Oh, my goodness, a real stork’s nest up there– I can’t imagine driving along and seeing that.

    1. Judy C:
      It’s very common in that part of Andalusia. We even saw one atop of an ancient church ruin in the middle of Sevilla.

  4. A nosotras también nos encantan las “casitas” de las cigüeñas ❤️

    1. Tere:
      ¿Recuerdas cuando vimos el nido de la cigüeña durante nuestro almuerzo en Sevilla con tu hermano?

  5. Looks a bit like California, doesn’t it? Nice to see those storks and their offspring.

    I always think it’s fun to take a leisurely road trip and stop whenever you want. When I was a kid and went anywhere with my parents they were always obsessed with “getting miles under their belt” and we were never allowed to stop.

    1. Steve:
      The first time I was in Southern Spain was during a business trip in 2006. We lived in Santa Barbara, California, and I told SG it looked just like home. We love driving off the planned route to explore. We used to see and overpass and say, “I wonder where that goes.” Then we’d find out. Some of the best travel experiences are had that way.

  6. Beautiful scenery, including the storks and bull, but I’m really drawn to that very first photo with the moody sky! The geography nerd in me appreciates the map.

    1. Kelly:
      Interestingly, The Kid Brother and I are both map fanatics. I’m glad you enjoy them, too.

  7. I don’t think I’ve ever seen photos of Spain other than coast photos and Madrid.
    It looks curiously like ‘anywhere’ else. I wonder what I wondered it would be?

    1. Urspo:
      I’ve shared a lot of city shots around Andalusia over the years. The first time I was here, I told SG it looked just like Southern California.

  8. The oleander in the highway median reminds me of California, about thirtyfive years or so ago before widening projects eliminated them.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      They were still in the median of 5 Freeway through San Diego when we lived there. They had these very machines that straddled the median and rolled along pruning them into box form once a year. I wonder if they’re still there.

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