Tag Archives: Denia

November

3 Dec

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Alta

 I’ve been neglecting this blog since our return to Jávea in Spain. To be honest, it does become difficult to think of something fresh to say about a place you’ve written about many times before.With our first month ​here now over, however, it seemed appropriate to share a few photos.
Although we still refer to the UK as home, it’s to this little corner of the Spanish coast in the Comunitat Valenciana that we keep returning each winter.

As members of the University of the Third Age, perhaps better known as the U3A, we quickly find ourselves absorbed in their groups and activities when we get back. One of the first was the annual coach trip to Valencia. I think the idea was originally for it to be a pre-Christmas shopping trip but we tend to use the opportunity to simply enjoy this lovely city. Last year it was the futuristic buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences that absorbed our time https://lamputtsonland.wordpress.com/tag/ciudad-de-las-artes-y-las-ciencias/

This time the old town called with its bell towers and their views over the rooftops. We climbed a lot of steps!

I did manage to briefly explore the wonderful indoor market, leaving Neil in a nearby cafe – he doesn’t do markets.

Some pretty amazing street art 

Otherwise, our return to Spain has, so far, been confined to the beautiful area of the Marina Alta https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Alta  nd lots of coastal walks.

The end of the month brought a change from the beautiful warm days we’d been enjoying earlier in the month.  

The clouds were closing in as we walked the seafront in Dénia. 

It’s now turned decidedly chilly but I guess it’s all relative! 

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The Fallas (Again)

17 Mar

This is the third time I’ve blogged about the Fallas in Dénia so I won’t go into much detail just share the pictures. You can read more here or several entries on Sailblogs (find at bottom of page 1 of contents list and top of page 2 http://www.sailblogs.com/member/serenmor/contents/1)

The detail is extraordinary

They can get quite saucy 

Love the expressions

Some are startlingly explicit for a family occasion! 

But in the end, it’s really one long party (this was about 10am) 

Las Fallas

19 Mar

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Today is Saint Joseph’s Day (also Father’s Day here in Spain). This is a big deal in the Valencia region as there is a long tradition of Las Fallas. Nowadays these are elaborate sculptures that take all year to design and build. They are set up a few days before and each day leading up to the 19th builds the excitement.
We were in Denia on Thursday to watch them all taking shape and already there were marching bands, girls in beautiful costumes and kids setting off firecrackers on every street.
Today, though is “La Crema” or The Burning. Yes, that’s right. They spend all year building these remarkable displays and then spend one night burning the lot. Well, except for one. The Fallas judged to be the best is spared but quite what they do with it then I really don’t know!

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The Fallas are often very political or making a point about life in the area. Some are surprisingly explicit!

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There’s more about las Fallas on our old blog: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/serenmor/?xjMsgID=263979

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Surf’s Up

20 Nov

With the (generally) placid Mediterranean looking more like the Atlantic, the surfers are out in force in Jávea: 

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Whilst yesterday in Denia it was a lone windsurfer battling the waves: 

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Watching this guy yesterday I came to the conclusion that windsurfing, along with bungee jumping, paragliding and numerous other activities, was something I am never now going to experience. Not that I’ve ever wanted to, mind! I was quite content to feel the spray on my face and the wind in my hair from the comfort of a beach bar on dry land. Each to their own. 

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Cheers.