A Place to Ponder

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One of my many passions in life is to travel the world and explore new places and with holidays being scarce when you work full time I always like to try and venture to new territories for new explorations.  Apart from my home country of Ireland, that has entrenched in me an unbreakable bond,  there is one place that keeps drawing me back for visits over the years.   A trip during the summer just gone confirmed to me that this is the sort of  place I could grow old in.  It is the pristine white hilltop town of Vejer de la frontera, built by the Moors and preserved by the Spanish.  With flowers a plenty blooming in every street, every courtyard and roof terrace,  in bright vibrant colours,  coupled with the beautiful white backdrop of the town,  it is like waking up on a movie set every day.  A great inspiration for urbanisation Рfill it with flowers and the heart will blossom.  Here people do not have gardens but they make use of every available space to create a town full of tiny blooming places, people together enhancing the majestic town.  There is a lot to learn from Spain where living in apartment in an urban environment does not have to mean dank and grey. Vejer is a town united, where tiny blooming places gel together to make one of the prettiest places I have ever visited. It is not just contained to this particularly picturesque town in Spain, nearby towns in the Cadiz region like Conil bloom as well as the larger city of  Seville to the north,  where apartment living does not mean a life without a blooming outside space.

If you look behind and above the blooming rose to the forefront (insert smiley face here)   you will see tiny balconies filled with flowers Рno place is too small

vejer balconies in bloom

Where there is a balcony there is a pot and even where there is not!

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If you have a verge outside – fill it with pots

vejer blooming street

Never mind deck the halls – deck the streets

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Behind closed doors  РYou would never expect it but most open up to little havens of flower filled courtyards

vejer courtyard in bloom

vejer let it all hang out

Plants cascade down from roof terraces to meet up with the potted plants below creating a flowing, fluid flowering facade

vejer cacading roof terrace

Plant it Рit will grow.  Tiny terraces planted with big blooming plants

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With the plants come the wildlife – this little fella was spotted wandering freely around our flower filled patio

vejer iggy and the pot

In nearby Conil this pretty flower fronted bar was beckoning for me to come and sit for a drink

conil blooming bar

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Tiny spot blooming beautifully

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In Seville tiny balconies were packed with flowers – urban doesn’t have to mean concrete only!

seville fill it with pots

seville have a balcony fill it up

Fill it with Flowers

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Wandering around Seville to see what I can find

seville wandering around

Found it! My city pad

seville ornate balcony

A beautiful ornate balcony to fill with flowers

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Urbanites be inspired