This is the way I am doing it.
I have got myself somewhat organised and into a routine where blogging is concerned and I hope to keep it up.
- One post a week usually Fridays.
- Replying to all comments received on the new post throughout the week and complete before posting the next new post that following Friday
- Posting comments on all blogs on my blog list as they update throughout the week (if humanely possible). * some of you post daily I can't keep up with that... sorry *
Last Tuesday was a fiesta day here (The Immaculate Conception Day) so we went for a morning stroll...nay I tell a lie that wasn't a stroll more like a fight against the arctic wind to get from one end of the Arenales beach promenade to the other. Such a clear beautiful day marred by the vicious wind and annoying sand grit thrown in our faces.
We gave up in the end! Only just took a couple of photos this time.
True story and a legend that goes like this:
On my last post I showed you a door to the Mansion Casa Carbonell and I mentioned I would get back to you about a legend and totally true story about this building and has become quite a popular anecdote about its owner and how the building came into existence.
Alcoy, is a mountain town situated in the province of Alicante. A town historically linked to industry; textile,metal and paper. Alcoy is about an hour's car ride up into the mountains; roughly 50 miles away from Alicante City. The wealthy industrialist Enrique Carbonell who owned the Casa Carbonell Mansion was from Alcoy.
As in-land Alicante and most particularly up in the mountains the winter months were quite cold and the weather could be really harsh, Enrique Carbonell decided to buy a residence down on the coast to enjoy the milder weather during the winter.
During his visit to the city he had a minor accident and his clothes got dirty and stained so he decided to take a room in the best hotel in Alicante city to tidy himself up ,change his clothes and spend the night there. At that time (1920s) the Palace Hotel was known as the very best hotel in the city (see photo below).
|Palace Hotel 2017|
Rather to his surprise the snooty staff on the reception of the Hotel had a rather violent reaction to his requesting a room at the hotel! After a huge argument with the hotel manager they threw him out of the hotel door indicating that vagabonds like him could not afford to stay at the best hotel in Alicante!! Enrique's last words to the hotel manager and staff were that he would build a house that would cast a shadow over the Palace Hotel forever.!! The staff naturally scoffed at him and sent him on his way.
Coincidentally,at that time, on the right hand side of the Palace Hotel there was a very large plot of land that had housed the old market which had fallen into disuse.
Enrique Carbonell purchased that plot of land and had the Casa Carbonell Mansion built there.
and ... as you can see in this photo, from 1922 onwards the Casa Carbonell Mansion has cast its shadow over the Palace Hotel to this very day.
I would say the moral of this story is clearly described in this idiom:
" don't judge a book by its cover " 😵
Christmas cards in disguise:
Christmas card incognito.. a mini Christmas pudding for my other sister who lives in the UK.
Have a good weekend