The City of Venice is sinking slowly
It was about 28 years ago my husband and I took our girls on a whirlwind trip of Europe and we did this with a bus tour for the first three weeks. Cosmos bus tours. It was an absolutely amazing trip. The girls were 13 and 10 years and we all had such a great time. We started in Scotland and were there for a week then headed down to Dover where we boarded a ferry to Calais and then got on a bus to start our three week tour.
One of the cities we visited on the tour was Venice , Italy and in order to get to Venice you had to take a walk on ferry ride. Before getting on the ferry to Venice my girls told me that the Italian men were famous for trying to pinch the ladies bottoms. I said no way . Well you can surely guess what happened now. I was just stepping up onto the ferry and I felt a twinge or a pinch of my bottom. I was trying to be ever so discreet and the girls said oh no way mom who would do that. So It wasn’t until about ten years later that my oldest daughter reminded me of the incident and of course I remembered the time. She said, Well mom I pinched your butt. I said ,no way then we broke into wails of laughter because all these years I had thought it was one of the Italian men who helped me on to the ferry.
Now that is not my only memory of Venice we wandered about the square outside St. Michael’s cathedral and fed the pigeon and then we went into the church, and in order to enter we had to step over quite large puddle. This was because the city is sinking. It is much more severe now but it has still not sang.
We didn’t ride the Gondola’s we just watched others from above on the crescent shaped bridges.
I guess the thing that keeps Venice in my memory mostly is the fact that I was pinched on my bottom.!
Colmenar is a lovely village nestled in the northern part of the Málaga mountains (Montes de Málaga) right on the edge of both the Axarquía and the municipality of Antequera. The area where the village is located has a rather ancient history thanks to the fact that it is on the route that links the Axarquía and the GuadalhorceValley. However, the village itself could be classified as one of Andalucia’s “younger” pueblos as it wasn’t actually established until after the Christian King’s conquest and it didn’t become an independent township until 1777.
In fact, Colmenar was actually the name of an estate which produced honey (the Spanish “colmena” means beehive”). Even today you can buy honey made in the Colmenar area along with fresh locally milled flour – both white and whole grain – and also lovely raw and brown sugars. It seems the traditions behind the name “Colmenar” are still alive today.
Colmenar is not only a village, but also a municipality – one of seven municipalities in the Axarquía. The actual town is 700 metres above sea level. It is part of the “Olive Oil and Mountain Route” (Ruta del Aceite y los Montes).
The layout of Colmenar village is typical of Andalusian villages – even though it does not date back to the Moorish era when narrow, winding streets were the norm.
According to legend, the Candelaria Hermitage is a 17th century building that was erected by a group of sailors from the Canary Islands who were miraculously saved by a storm off the Málaga Coast. Supposedly the hermitage was meant to be a public display of their gratitude.
The Asunción Church was built in the 16th century and includes the remains of arab-style architecture.
Outside the village, but still within the municipality, there are archeological remains in areas like the Cueva de las Pelusas or the Cortijo de Gonzalo in the Zorrera stream area. Thanks to such sites, it’s clear that the area was inhabited as far back as Neolithic times and also during the Metal Ages
The most typical dishes served in Colmenar represent traditional Andalusian mountain fare. Try the tasty garbanzo stew, the thick, chilled “porra” soup, “migas” (fried bread crumbs) or one of the famous oven roasted meats. The town is also known for its cured meats and for cooking with local olive oil and home made “mosto” (grape juice).
One of the most popular “fiestas” in Colmenar is “Día de la Pipa”. To celebrate, everyone goes out to the countryside to for a picnic featuring local homemade specialities. The annual fair takes place during the second week of August. On February 2 every year, the patron saint, the Virgin of the Candelaria, is honoured with a procession through the streets of Colmenar and out to the hermitage. Holy Week is also observed with processions in Colmenar with the “Virgen de los Dolores” taking centre stage. At Christmas the town is decked out with nativity scenes at various points around town and villagers are especially fond of singing traditional Spanish and Andalusian Christmas carols.
Colmenar is 35 kilometers from Málaga and 44 kilometres from Vélez-Málaga.