We Three Kings

We arrived back in Nerja just in time to see the Three Kings make their grand entrance.

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There was a massive procession with men, women, girls and boys dressed in incredibly beautiful, colourful costumes.

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After following the Star they had arrived in Bethlehem (kinda).

First came King Melchior bearing the gift of Gold.

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Second came King Gaspar (or Caspar) bearing the gift of Frankincense.

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Finally King Balthazar bearing the gift of Myrrh.

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It felt like a Carnival. With lots of singing, crowds of onlookers watched on and excitement filled the air!

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We made our way into Church and the service began.

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Pretty impressive outfits guys…

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The folk singers followed everyone out and everyone watched as the Kings climbed into the horse and carriage to begin their tour around the town.

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Then it was quiet…

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Stillness.

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The crowds of people dispersed and we took the opportunity to relax in the last of the sun.

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It wasn’t long before the sun started to set

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and the horizon turned into a firey orange colour.

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We figured we had just long enough before the big finale to grab a bite to eat so made our way to Portifino’s.

Already the Balcon had started filling up with people taking their places ready for the arrival of the Three Kings at the manger of baby Jesus.

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Portifino’s is one of our favourites, the views are always stunning and the food is pretty good! It’s nothing fancy and sometimes when it’s busy service can be a bit hit or miss but generally it’s good.

We settled in and ordered pizza and wine – a winning combo!

DSC01595DSC01599DSC01605Before we knew it we heard the sound of the band playing and the procession was back. We quickly ran to look and were greeted by floats pulled by tractors carefully making their way through the narrow streets.

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Remy!? Linguini!? Is that you….!?

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The candymen came throwing out sweets to everyone.

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The driving age in Spain is a lot younger than here in the UK…

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but they made it through safely non the less!

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We hurriedly made our way back to the Balcon to get a glimpse of the beautiful Nativity scene.

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Baby Jesus was cooly just taking in all the attention. I’ve never actually been to a Nativity where they have a real baby as Jesus!

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The Church served as the most beautiful backdrop.

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The Kings emerged from a Balcony overlooking the square and made their announcement about their arrival at the stable where baby Jesus lay.

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Then with a bang the sky was lit up by fireworks.

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After the display was over everyone went home to feast and celebrate with their families. Finally Christmas had arrived in Nerja.

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