Our three kings in this village were not quite so grand as this but they did dress up and were carted around the village streets on the back of a decorated lorry throwing out sweets and treats for the children who ran along behind. It was very simple and very low budget but the excitement of the children was palpable and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.
And now? Well the search for our dream property begins. We do not intend to stay in Andalucia. We are very keen on Extremadura in the west of Spain.
Our search begins with trawling through the internet to find likely properties. This was fun to begin with but very soon got tiring. We know from experience and our visit last year that what appears on the internet is not always a true depiction of what is for sale. Photographs can be misleading and equally sometimes not show the true beauty of a place so there is no substitute for actually going and seeing for yourself.
Rush hour in Extremadura. This photograph does not lie!
The Bull Ring in Zafra
A property we looked at last year but in spite of the photograph showing a gentle slope we had difficulty in climbing up it was so steep!
Our 2013 property viewing trip begins in a month's time and I can't wait... it's even more exciting this time round because we have sold our house in the UK and actually have the money in the bank so we are ready to roll! I am keeping our favourite properties under my hat for the moment but keep checking back because before long (if all goes to plan!) we should be able to show photographs of what we have bought!