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Report 856: The Romance of Moorish Spain

By janie and geoff from Canada, Fall 2004

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Page 13 of 13: Shopping for a Chandelier

photo by Geoff Chambers

A lasting memory of Andalusia - the Alhambra viewed from the gardens

Wednesday

Took our US friends to the airport. Then we decided to take it easy and go into Malaga for a little lunch and shopping. We had a tapas lunch and then we wandered around El Cortes Ingles, not shopping at all because the merchandise was so expensive I could only bear to buy some soaps and colognes.

This being our last night, we went into Marbella for dinner. I suggested a restaurant where we had eaten tapas before, and we sat there not wanting our holiday to end. There was a chandelier behind the table and I said to Geoff “We are not chandelier kind of people but if we had to get one, that would be the one”. It was forged iron, hung with large crystals and crystal fruit - grapes and pears in yellow, green and purple. Very whimsical and yet a serious chandelier. It makes you smile. It's exuberant. And he looked at it and said “I love it. Let’s shop for one tomorrow before our flight and make that our mission.” I really didn’t think we would find one, and this gave us a fun goal for the time before leaving for the airport, so I agreed.

Thursday

To make a long story short, we found a lighting store at the La Caňada mall on the A7 highway west of Marbella. There was a chandelier there that was close enough to the one in the restaurant and we bought it. We also found that the real supermarkets where the locals shop are much better than the ones near our condo, which have a bad selection of fresh fruit and veggies. The supermarket at the mall was like a Superstore or a WalMart, and the food selection was superb. The seafood counter was particularly interesting with all sorts of shellfish. All the labels were in Spanish with the latin name of the seafood underneath. There were also legs and chunks of local ham, at prices one-tenth of what we would pay at a deli here. Next time .... I was so tempted. We really need to buy a place in Spain.

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