Monday, July 18, 2016

Wading With The Virgin

Saturday, we began the night of the Fiesta de la Virgen Del Carmen watching from our terrace as the procession arrived from the church in the centre of Los Boliches and turned west onto the Paseo. Then we headed downstairs to watch their progress. We slowly worked our way onto the beach to greet their arrival, entry into the sea, and the fireworks that followed.

I stood happily ankle-to-hip–deep in water (that unpredictable surf) while I took pictures. San Geraldo stayed dry but within shouting distance. We were tired and blissful when we walked home hours later. The Virgin and her entourage continued through Fuengirola. for another hour (or more) and the partying on the street below continued into the wee hours of the morning.

From our terrace


Down on the Paseo
ON THEIR SHOULDERS.
HIGH OVERHEAD.

Onto the beach

Into the water



The fireworks
THIS FAMILY OF THREE STOLE OUR HEARTS.
THEY STOOD LIKE THAT THROUGH THE ENTIRE SHOW.



14 comments:

  1. Too many virgins for my liking

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  2. WOW! What a send-off!!

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    1. Jim:
      Our favorite of the local fiestas.

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  3. We (former) Catholics have strange rituals but mostly they're excuses for having a party.

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    1. Frank:
      And mostly adopted from the Pagans.

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  4. Love the color, energy and excitement.

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    1. Stephen:
      This is our favorite fiesta here in Fuengirola and it's a joy being among the crowds (well, partly a joy)!

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  5. What a magnificent celebration!!!! And a wonderful bird eye view to boot! I can see why you moved there. And so close to the water, which I love and need.

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    1. mistress maddie:
      We've been sleeping with the windows open lately. The sound of the surf is blissful. Our location really is amazing.

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  6. Mitchell it was the same festival in Sicily and I took part in it. It was a fun.

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    1. Gosia:
      So wonderful that you were able to experience that in Sicily.

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  7. A great spectacle. And it looks like she didn't even get her feet wet!

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    1. Wilma:
      The surf was really rough. They didn't go in very far. I was more worried about her cape (especially since I'm pretty sure she doesn't have feet).

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