Nerja July 16th

Hola a todos!

Today was a special day for the people here in Nerja. July 16th is the patron saint’s day of La Virgen de Carmen, who happens to be the saint of the fishermen and, with Nerja being a seaside, fishing village, the patron saint here as well. Therefore, it was a local holiday today and this evening there was a procession as the townspeople carried a statue of the virgen through the streets, accompanied by two marching bands, and later proceeded to put her in a boat and sail her along the Mediterranean coast from one beach to another.

We ate dinner in a local restaurant tonight, so before we found the procession and had a chance to snap some photos (sorry, none here, but most of the students have their own on their cameras) and witness this very Spanish tradition. Our dinner was at a beatiful restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. While we ate, there was live flamenco being performed with one gutarist and two dancers. We also had the added surprise of seeing the virgen pass by below in her boat as she made her trip along the coast. To top everything off, we finished our dinner with fireworks brightening up the sky overhead as the virgen made her landing on a beach near the restaurant.

Hasta luego,
Dave

 

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Fireworks

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The dinnertime entertainment

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At the restaurant

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