They may live on the streets but still take their personal hygiene seriously and take pride in their appearance. Puts some species to shame at times.
The Balcón de Europa has always been a popular haunt for artists and there were half a dozen putting paint to canvas, or paper.
Perhaps someone has finally taken note of local grumblings because today there were four men, presumably from Parks and Gardens, clearing the rubbish dropped onto the ledge at the side of the Balcón de Europa by the moronically inconsiderate.
Sánchez insists that the PSOE’s grassroots supports his strategy of stonewalling Rajoy and wants to see a broad coalition of what he calls “the forces of change”. With PSOE votes continuing in a downward spiral, it looks more like a case of wanting ‘power at any cost’. One could not remotely consider either of the long-established parties, PP or PSOE, under the banner ‘forces of change’.
Just for a different feel, a few of the shots processed in good old black and white.
The monarch widely credited as being responsible for naming the Balcón de Europa and turning it into an emblematic site, King Alfonso XII (1857 – 1885).
Since the start of the economic crisis in Spain some eight years ago, the number of less-fortunate souls taking to the streets, as well as those seeking to fund their drinking or other habits and professional beggars, has increased dramatically all over the country.
Overheard (hard not to, they were quite loud) someone asking the poignant question, ‘Just how many bags do women need to buy on holiday?’. The answer must be ‘as many as possible’ judging by the number of bag sellers wandering the streets.
The sun overhead, music in the background, ice cream never far away, lots of people milling around….it’s Sunday on the Balcón de Europa.
We may have a Cueva Tren – Caves Train – now but we seem to have lost the regular Wally this summer. It happened once before a few years back before reappearing as if nothing had happened. This time, though, it looks like a permanent cessation of trading according to its Facebook page.