What a fabulous week it’s been – a fabulous trip to Marbella in Andalusia, Spain, with Mum for a week, relaxing and chilling out. we spent most of our time wining, dining and watching the world go by in cafes and restaurants!
The walls of the old town in Marbella are covered in beautiful pots and climbers – geraniums, bougainvillea in vibrant pinks, reds and purples. The Moorish influences and winding alleys with restaurants, shops and apartments are absolutely fascinating. We spent most of our time here rather than the seafront.
Everywhere there was music and dance – a dance festival was running all week and most of the events were free and on the street.
As a self-confessed geek I could not, however, believe my luck on our first full day. We were sitting in a cafe having a croissant and fresh orange juice, and an orchestra sounded up on the bandstand opposite. Within two notes I squealed in poor Mum’s ear – “it’s Star Wars!”
Those in the UK will remember the TV Show “Name That Tune” will appreciate it when I say – I name that tune in two! The first two notes of the piece when Luke Skywalker is looking out at two of the moons of Tatooine is apparently called Binary Sunset (starts at about 00:30 on this version) and is a beautiful piece of music. I had to get the bill pronto and dash across the street to catch them complete a medley of all of the Star Wars music. My belief (slightly controversial, I know!) is that John Williams is the finest composer of all time.
What a wonderful orchestra they were – for the next two hours they played a wide range of music from Mozart and Beethoven to baroque and another of my favourites – Danse Macabre by St Saens (used as the theme tune for the brilliant TV show Jonathan Creek). The most remarkable thing was that they were the Malaga Provincial Youth Orchestra, and none of them was over 18.
I wholeheartedly recommend Marbella for a holiday, especially out of season, they are so proud of their town and it is kept so clean and there is a high police presence, so you feel pretty safe (main issues seem to be pickpocketing).
I’ll update later in the week with the crafty happenings in Marbella and further gossip!