We walked to see the Metropol Parasol and what a sight it is! See a URL for it a couple of posts previous. I liked it, although some locals don’t, they call it the mushrooms. It is entirely built with wood and is a feat of engineering and utterly amazing up close.
Bruce calls it architectural art (as opposed to artistic architecture, as in the churches) and he's right, we haven't seen very much of it that is modern. Anyway we were both very impressed!
|Second level, or in Europe, first level|
In Europe, the ground floor is usually level zero and the next floor up is one. Used to it now but confused the heck out of me at first.
Then we walked into a pedestrian zone and saw many wedding shops and flamenco dress shops with all the accessories. Accessories included combs, mantillas, fans, etc. The flounced bottoms of the dresses billow out from the racks in many colours and create a rainbow effect, beautiful! The wedding shops had ring bearer outfits, small suits, elaborately decorated, like a Bolivian general. Some poor young fellow would feel a might silly I would think, but then again, maybe it's an honour.
Bruce has been having vision problems with his glasses and we walked by an optometrist so I peeked in, saw some serious looking machinery and asked if the fellow spoke English which is necessary for getting an eye test. He did “a little” , they say that in Germany as well. Bruce went, got tested, ordered new lenses. We both took careful note of where the shop is located to find it again next week and get his lenses. While he was in, I saw this snail on the side of the building. No idea why it’s perched there but I liked it anyway.
Explored a bit more of the area, being a Tuesday it wasn’t very busy. There is a food product here called Churros. It is deep fried dough covered with sugar and or chocolate – chocolate is usually advertised with them. Sort of like a Spanish doughnut I imagine. Haven’t tried because I don’t have a sweet tooth but there are a lot of shops selling them, one on every street corner just about.
Another thing there are a lot of are churches as mentioned before, but truly, they come in every shape and architecture style, sometimes mixed styles. They’ve been added to over the years with different cultures in them. Some of the domes are covered in coloured tile and are beautiful. I want to take pictures of them all but that would bore you, and me.
I had a pedicure done, different, of course, again but well done. I also found the nearest Post Office. It was a bit strange the house numbers were not sequential I think due to a very old building in the middle, figured it out and did the mailing. They have an incoming number system, which no one seemed to use, but it would come in handy in the German Post offices which tend to be really busy much of the time.
There are many small dogs here and many are Yorkshire Terriers with bows in their hair and doggy coats on. They are cute! Personally I don’t care for the bows, I don’t believe in dressing up an animal, but that’s just me, but they are practical, keeps the dog's hair out of it's eyes. The coats are probably needed for cooler days, they live in Spain, after all, where it gets really hot in the summer, but cooler now.
A domestic thing, we couldn’t find an ice cube tray. Here they seem to buy bags of ice which is fine but it gets glommed together after a while. We ended up buying small plastic cups, like they serve liquid tastings in in Canada without the stems and keep them filled with water to freeze. That has worked out very well. We have a multi-product store down the street, as mentioned, like a dollar store and finally found a “real” ice cube tray in it, even with a lid so you don’t spill going from sink to freezer, never seen before and so practical! Here I am in a beautiful city and country and talking about such a domestic thing as an ice cube tray. But that is part of living in a long term flat versus living in a hotel. We prefer it. Did you skip this paragraph? Oops, too late!
Tomorrow we're on a road trip to Ayamonte and Isla Cristina, both are coastal towns.