If you go down to the Málaga Botanical Gardens today, you're sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the...etc, you'll never believe your eyes...
A team of clever and industrious elves has created recreated dozens of charming scenes echoing old photographs of the Marqueses de Loring family at play in their handsome country house 'palácio' in the late 19th century. The stars of the show are the Barbie and Ken dolls, over a hundred of them. Exquisitely dressed in handmade costumes, perfect down to the last button and frill, taking tea, riding out to pay calls, having a lazy summer lunch in the Wisteria Arbour...the little girl in everyone will be absolutely fascinated.
This magical exhibition will vanish into thin air on January 6th, so if you can possibly make it, I recommend you go.
The house is set in the dreamy, leafy Botanical Gardens, 4km north of Málaga centre. (The Málaga Tour Bus goes there from the Bus Station, and the No. 12 bus stops outside the gate).
Fred and I went on Boxing Day. Bright sunshine sifted through hundreds of palm trees and gilded the tropical plants. There's even a super café for quiche-y lunches and salads. It might look like a garden shed, but the owner prepares all the food herself, and it's excellent.
I'll sign off by wishing you all the best for 2013. May all your problems be doll-sized, and may you too find joy in unexpected places. ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!