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1 September 2022

Week 32: Villajoyosa, Busot, Malatesta

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A week during which most of my photos were made while out cycling or strolling in the centre of Alicante.

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I started with a weekend ride to Villajoyosa, stopping at the wonderful beach Playa Bol Nou just south of the town:
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Later, I took a short break near the harbour and watched the traffic on the water a bit:
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I usually leave for my morning rides around 7:30, a bit later on weekends. At this time of the year this is when the sun rises in Alicante, so I get to see some lovely morning light. Sometimes, right in my garden:
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Early morning light along our beach:
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On August 16th, we were going to Warsaw for a few days, and I wanted to travel as light as possible. At the same time I wanted to take my Olympus OM4T camera in addition to a digital camera, so I chose the Panasonic GX80 for digital, the lightest and smallest of my “serious” cameras. While getting the outfit together, I discovered the small flash that came with the GX80 at the bottom of my camera bag. I don’t think I have ever used it, but when my daughter came into my room, I decided to try it. It works OK, apparently (although this does not mean that I plan to use flash more than once or twice every decade):
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On Friday, I stopped in the centre on my way home from work. I started with a beer at my favourite bar, Malatesta:
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Miraculously, one of the outside tables was free, so I was able to enjoy my Tripel Karmeliet while watching the street traffic:
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The neighbouring table. A nice vignette of life in modern Spain. A young father is out with his small child and enjoys a drink with friends:
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Even the pigeons seem to want to go to Malatesta:
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Messages on a utility pole in the centre:
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During Saturday morning’s bike ride I stopped in the village of Verdegás. This is the season for local fiestas, and one was being set up here:
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I am always amused by the grandly named “centro social” of Verdegás, basically just the public toilet of the square:
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Various two-wheeled vehicles, lined up nicely:
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On Sunday morning, I took my standard Aigues-Busot ride. In Aigues, I always enjoy the door of this artsy house:
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Then on to Busot, where someone is (slowly) building what looks like a pretty nice house in the lovely landscape:
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Across the street from the church, a tiny outdoor market:
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I rarely see anybody shopping, but I find the installation visually amusing:
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According to the met office, southern Europe has had worst drought in hundreds of years. And it is true that I do not remember when we last had rain–perhaps in May. Outside Busot there is a reservoir, clearly showing the dire state of affairs:
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