Thursday, 30 August 2012

Special effects

 A rare event that unfortunately doesn't happen often enough is the illumination of the castle and Church, on this occasion to celebrate "Feria" week.
 So just a few pictures to capture the moment.

A taste of Feria

 At 11pm last night, we headed to the Recinto Ferial (Fairground) for our first visit to this years event.

One of the many, imaginatively named "Casetas", private marquees where family and invited guests enjoy eating, drinking and just generally having fun. Here "A pan y aceite" ( bread and oil).
Lots of beautiful ladies in traditional dress.
 "Caseta Duo", one for the youngsters.

 The attractions of the fairground.

 The "Caseta Municipal" hosts most of the public entertainment.
 When we arrived, the group "Orquesta Capricho" were performing.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

All quiet

 Well, quieter than normal because this is "Feria" week here in Olvera. Most shops, bars and restaurants have adjusted their opening times to just the mornings and early afternoons, allowing people to prepare for the social activity and entertainment of the fair that commences at about 11pm and goes on until the very early hours of the morning.   
 So a wander this afternoon on deserted streets with clear blue skies and a temperature of 36°C. Here and below, Calle Maestro Amado.

 Calle Peñon and below Calle Cervantes.

 Calle Jose Chico.
Calle Jesus.
Calle Zorrilla.
 The "Arco de Zorrilla" leads through to the Plaza de Andalucia.

 Calle Llana here and below.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

El Coronil re-visited

A drive out this morning on a rather circular route , discovering different roads, to the pueblo of El Coronil, last visited on a cold December morning in 2008.
A new project since my last visit is this large solar power facility, seen just before entering the pueblo from the Moron de la Frontera direction. 
 Parking easily, I walked the short distance to a central plaza for a coffee, sitting for a while in the pleasant sunshine.

A decorative street light.

 The Ayuntamiento.
The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Consolación, originally built in the 15th century but restored several times since.
What looks to be an old fortification is now just a courtyard.

A statue set on the edge of town dedicated to the workers of the pueblo.
 About 3.5kms from El Coronil is the "Castillo de las Aguzaderas", dating back to Moorish times and built to protect a valuable water source. More pictures here from a previous visit.