Well I am home again after 7 days in Torremonlines. It was really nice to get away and to stay offline apart from a couple of tweets and Facebook picture posts. Here is a photo of the old hotel we stayed at Hotel Residencia Miami.
The building was designed and decorated around 1950 by Manolo Blascos, the cousin of the greatest 20th century painter, Pablo Ruiz Picasso. Famous artists and intellectuals were known to meet there.
These walls have witnessed a lot of famous meetings, that were taking place clandestinely, and where "the Gypsy Queen," as the host, entertained her guests by dancing in the lounge on a Granadian mosaic, close to the fireplace. The same lounge where a painting called « Death of a torrero » is displayed, it depicts the critical wound of the famous torrero « gitanillo Chico » that took place august 10th 1952.
This house was purchased in 1957 and modified into a hotel, while preserving its charm and the typical Andalusian construction style.
Originally, this small palace was the country house of the well-known flamenco dancer, Lola Medina, the queen of the gypsies living in the holy mountains in Granada. Here is a picture of the painting of her hanging in the staircase as you walk upstairs to your room. I swear one night when I was coming home late she gave me a wink!
My view from the balcony. Every morning at around 9:30 I went down for breakfast which was down under those big shade umbrellas. Breakfast was always the same, coffee with a fresh bread roll with strawberry jam and a small muffin. After that I would go back to my room, have a shower and then head for the beach.
The beach was always packed full of tourists so there is nothing better than relaxing on the beach, sun burning down and the sound of the surf.
But I had a great time, got a nice tan and kept away from the Internet! It was a real holiday and one I will have fond memories forever. I know I felt a connection to the gipsy queen and she was definitely watching over me. Being there really inspired me to paint and I could imagine having an artist studio in Spain and spending a few months a year there painting....nice dream to hold!