As always I ate very well in Málaga, visiting old favourite spots and trying out a couple of new ones. This was a fabulous feast we had on my last night in town, revisiting El Refectorium Catedral. Great food, wonderful wine, fun conversation with dear friends. And of course a couple “penultimas” afterwards. A lovely send off.
It’s been a long-time dream of mine (and still is) to visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, in part because I’ve always wanted to see the famous Louise Bourgeois spider there “in person”. But I got a chance to see a slightly smaller version in Málaga at the Picasso Museum (something I’d forgotten to do on my last Málaga Getaway). Luckily the I’ve Been To Hell and Back exhibition was still on (until the end of September) and so off I went. To be honest, for me the spider was the best part. A lot of Bourgeois’ work is the stuff of nightmares, and some of it I actually wish I could unsee. But I did get to see the spider and it was magnificent.
After a long and lazy lunch yesterday we were given a brief tour of barrio Lagunilla by the fabulous Victor @welovemalaga. Still very much a neglected part of town, the locals are trying to create an authentic “soho” area that will perhaps attract attention and much needed funds to breathe new life into the barrio. Really liked a lot of the street art, though I wouldn’t feel very safe walking around there on my own. Maybe this will change.
First day in Málaga was happily spent with my friend Gabriella Ranelli @tenedor, who flew in early for the big Foodie Hub awards event. So I was tapas tour guide for the day and we had a great time catching up while I showed her around town and organised the final details with all the bars we would go to on Saturday. Once again I found myself thinking about how I could manage to live in Málaga part time. More on that later…
Arpy @andalucinda will be so proud. Not only did I buy a pair of sandals this past week… I bought two! I picked up those very sensible Mephistos in Málaga, and today I finally ended my search for the elusive cute red sandal. Seriously, NOBODY is making cute red sandals anymore. I almost got these red Mephistos a couple of years ago – ordered them online but then it turned out they were out of stock. So I’ve basically been without red sandals all this time, if you can imagine. But I’m all stocked up now and looking forward to lots of comfortable walking for the rest of the summer (well, actually until the end of October).
Have you been taking advantage of the summer sales?
So many bars, so little time. I managed to visit eight new bars in Málaga. Either brand new, new to me, or a new version of one I knew before. And except for one (spoiled by crap service) they were all delightful. I also visited some of my old favourites, a couple of great breakfast places, and a fab new bar that mostly specialises in vermouth and smiles. I’ll have to go back to that one. Hope to get these places written up soon on Azahar Tapas… Bar Mercado Central N°1, La Luz de Candela, Óleo, Señor Lobo, Barra de Soho, Vinería Cervantes, Añil Croquetería and the new Uvedoble.