Warning photo heavy!
We went to Elche last Sunday to visit the Sunday market. It is great to finally be able to go back to the outdoor markets.
This market is very popular so there were loads of people and as both of us are crowd shy we did not hang around for long.This is another mostly fruit, veg and plants market. I went for the plants of course and was very pleased to finally find a citronella plant which repels mosquitos. I was told by the lady on the stall that they are hardy plants belonging to the geranium family and need to be watered twice a week. It smells lovely and when the leaves are crushed it gives off a tangy smell which repels the mosquitos. I have placed it by the balcony doorway so we brush against it every time we go past.
I also wanted to go to the city centre of Elche to take some photos of DOORs in the old quarter. For those of you who do not know about my obsession for DOORs please see this post . By the way Elche, situated inland, is the second biggest city in the province of Alicante and it is about 20 minutes drive away from Alicante City.
Elche is particularly famous for the "Misteri D'Elx" a medieval two acts mystery drama play representing the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. This play has been performed in the St Maria Basilica since the mid-fifteenth century.
|Basilica de Santa Maria Elche -google image|
Some other photos I took of the Basilica on Sunday
Unfortunately no blue skies when I took this snapshot
and of course the front entrance and this is where I started my search for other DOORs
I particularly liked the peep holes in this enormous door to the Santa Maria Basilica.
This building right in front of the church is I think the old rectory .
Going around the corner I noticed this building and its fabulous door. I am so glad the electric doorbell is tucked in to one side and practically hidden from view.
All these photographs are from the same area which is the old quarter, mainly DOORs😀
A great deal of restoration has been done in this area but it still brings to mind scenes of 17th century musketeers walking these streets with their huge sombreros, thigh high boots and swirling black capes.
Finally back over the bridge to pick up the car
A very enjoyable morning!
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Cowl ready to send to sister No.4 before the cold sets in.
I used stash oddments of DK yarn and a 4.00 hook.
I posted the details about the pattern previously here
Can you spot the owl?
For want of a model Winnie Pooh bear will have to do although it looks like a jumper on him!
I had large sliding windows fitted in the balcony Kathy so no worries at all about any part of the bench getting wet. 😊