Every August, for the past few years, the beautiful castle of La Mota in Alcala la Real has been the setting for a Mediaeval fair. And every year we've lived here, we've missed it because we have always been visiting family in Valladolid or Leon at this time of the year.
This year, family came to us and we're staying put in our lovely new house for the summer (and Christmas and probably forever and ever) but it means we could visit the fair.
It is possibly the most perfect place to hold something evocative and historic - especially at night - and I was looking forward to going. I hadn't had time to prepare any costumes, but as I was in town in the morning, I found a shop selling 'Mediaeval' costumes that would be fine for Romy. Remember - at this time, the Arab influence was strong....that must the be reason for the less the usual Mediaeval appearance of the outfit! (You'll see what I mean...except now you won't because I have just discovered my disaster! You'll see what I mean.)
It didn't start until 9pm, which was a blessing because we've had some ridiculously hot days recently - it had reached forty degrees on Thursday - and we needed the temperature to fall a bit before we attempted the steep climb up to La Mota. The streets of Alcala were busier than usual and we were very lucky to find a decent parking space...very lucky!
I had to smile to myself when - as usual - someone stopped me to ask for directions. This ALWAYS happens ...and I have to wonder why as I do not look for one second as though I am Spanish, never mind from Andalucia! However, a lady stopped and asked, '¿Está Usted de aquí?' - meaning 'are you from here?' (I know, I didn't need to include the speech but I just wanted to use those upside down question marks) ...and I was delighted to reply that I was! Ha!! Amused me, though the children didn't quite understand why...
Pause and panic.....just tried to upload my photos...
and now I am rather traumatised as I have managed inexplicably to delete all my photos....apart from a video of one of the spectacles.The other photos I have taken from the web and where possible, have included the appropriate credits - they are nowhere near as good as mine were.
I am trying not to weep.
|Thanks to Marino Aguilera|
|Thanks to the Ayuntamiento de Alcala la Real|
My photos were SO much better - full of atmosphere - can't believe what I've done! I shall have to ponder....in the meantime, enjoy a little bit of Vertical Dancing down the tower wall. Oh well - will have to go again NEXT year.