Mary n Mel’s Adventures travel blog

Coming into the harbor early in the morning

The harbor was a hoping place

The main town was up on the plateau including the walled city

It was a key Roman city with many ruins

There is a large Moorish influence. The cathedral incorporated the original mosque

The cathedral had many different areas in it.

Main square of Malaga, earlier Sunday morning

Malaga is the birthplace of Picasso

Picasso liked to feed the birds, a statue outside his birthplace

Another square around the corner from the Picasso museu

Isn't she cute?

It was first communion day at Picasso's church

It was a beautiful day to walk around the city

Flamenco is a big part of Malaga's culture

Pick your ham at Il Pimpi bar. Its built in an alleyand...

I couldn't resist another ancient tree

Malaga is one of the largest cities in Spain. Definitely has a Moorish feel to it. Granada, two hours north was the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain back in 1492. Today, It is much colder than 90 percent of the trip, only in the 60s and windy. People on tours to Granada said they saw snow on the mountain tops. We have had to dig out some of our warm clothes we had already packed away.

Our tour is in the port city of Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso. They are very proud that Picasso was born and spent many years here. The tour today goes to the home he was born in, his elementary school and the church he was baptized at, all in a short few blocks. It is first communion Sunday in Spain. We see girls dressed in longish white dresses accompanied by well dressed parents going into the church. Our Guide, Lulu (Maria Louisa) explained later there will be a big party for the girls, not like the few chocolates she got for her first communion.

A beautiful 1600 century mansion is home to the Picasso museum. The marble and wood work are well taken care of. We have a dedicated guide to walk us around the museum. You can tell she loves her work as she explains passionately all of the paintings, drawings and sculptures covering from Picasso’s teen age years, ending with his self portrait at 92 in 1975. After the first 20 deconstructed faces, Mel and I start moving ahead in the galleries on our own. We can still hear the guide in our ear pieces, telling us that the genius of Picasso is that each person instantly perceives their own interpretation based on their experience. Mel proves that true when we enter the next gallery and she turns to me, pointing at the picture in front of us and says “Land Shark”. I totally agree with her and counter with “Sock Puppet” for the next one. The best was a sculpture of a man who’s eyes were like a square box viewfinder. We both agreed that we know several people that process the world as “one, isolated snapshot” at a time with no continuity between them. We sat down on a bench laughing in the sun to warm up and continuing to listen to the guide explaining the pieces we had already passed by. Made us look at Picasso in a whole new way. Oh yes, and LOTS of women boobs. Picasso loved women, lots of them and their boobs.

Next was another cathedral where it’s a church within a church. Many side chapels, privately funded by a family as their own personal chapel. The city center piazza was down several narrow, alley way type streets filled with bars and tapas places. We just had time to buy a couple of souvenirs before off to see the 200 AD Roman amphitheater ruins. Ready to head back to the bus after 4 hours of continuous walking.

Unfortunately the line at the café was too long and we were not able to get any pastries! Was looking forward to that.

Liked Malaga part of Spain a lot too. The tours that went to the Alhambra place in Granada said it is not to be missed. Plan to come back as part of a future Mediterranean adventure.

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