Holiday bits and bobs

Thank you for your comments on my last post, having long been an admirer of denim shirt dresses on others, I think I've now got one I'm happy to wear myself. 

If you follow me on Instagram (and if not, why not?!) then you might have picked up on the fact that I was on holiday in Spain last week.

I thought I'd share a few of my holiday snaps with you today.

We went to Benalmadena, on the Costa del Sol.  It's quite a large town, much larger than I realised actually, with a long paved promenade behind the beach, leading from the edge of the town to the marina, lined with restaurants and bars.

The marina is quite new, and has apparently been voted the best marina in the world on more than one occasion.  

I can't speak from a boating perspective, but it certainly was a lovely place to sit with a cold drink and watch the world go by.  We managed to spend quite a bit of time doing just that.  One morning we sat and watched the taking part in a triathlon run past, how they managed it in the heat I don't know!

Benalmadena also has a lovely park, which we only discovered on our last day, despite it being on the walk between our hotel and the marina!  My sister-in-law noticed it because she heard the cockerels that run free in the park calling. 

As well as chickens there are rabbits and peacocks roaming free, many of which we encountered as we wandered through the different areas.

We took a couple of trips inland during the week, to visit the town of Mijas.  We had never heard of it, but since visiting I've discovered that several of my friends rate it as their favourite holiday destination, and I can see why.  It's a lovely, very pretty place in the mountains, all white buildings and little cobbled streets.  Again, there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a cold drink while people watching.  We sat in the square below both times we visited.

There are donkey taxis going through the streets and we were lucky enough to see a display of flamenco dancing on our second visit.

Finally I have to share some photos I had taken in the marina in Benalmadena.  Next to one of the bars we frequented there was a place where you could be dressed in 1920's clothing and hats and have your photo taken.  The 1920's are my favourite period when it comes to fashion, so after sitting and watching a couple of other people, I decided I had to do it myself. 

The photographer had a huge selection of hats - which apparently were all handmade - along with beaded tops, scarves, gloves and jewellery from which she selects an outfit for you to wear. 

Once that's decided she does your make-up and then poses you before taking quite a few photographs.

You then get given a photograph finished in sepia tones for a real period look.
I have been told by several people that it looks nothing like me!  It's not the usual holiday souvenir from Spain, but I'm very pleased with it.


  1. oh wow, I haven't heard of Mijas before, it looks absolutely stunning!! and I love the 1920s photo idea, that's so cool- I would totally do that too! You look so glamourous.

  2. Looks idyllic and how did you get so much sunny weather? Love the photo of you in the 1920s outfit. What a great idea!

    1. We did have some great weather Jen, but I have to confess not all the photos are mine! The sky really was that blue though.

  3. Mijas looks lovely and I agree I hardly recognised you in the photo shoot! Looks like fun.

  4. I loved seeing your IG pictures and wondered where you were. What beautiful places. That little white town is dreamy!


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