Misc shots

Miscellaneous images of the area – Laura

Door knocker.
Door knocker.
Family beach time.
If only I’d known the Barbie museum was here, I would have tried to show up when it was open.
Friendly fella.


Arty sidewalk design.
Arty sidewalk design.


British Mee-she-gan fans in Spain.
British Mee-she-gan fans in Spain.


Run, David, Run!
Run, David, Run!


Not unusual to treat the sides of buildings like canvas.  In Malaga
Not unusual to treat the sides of buildings like canvas. In Malaga


Sweet friends

As promised, we sampled the churros and hot chocolate.  They were airier than expected, but firmer that our (U.S.) puffy raised donuts.  Hot out of the fryer, easy to see why they’re popular.


Some restaurants advertise them –

IMG_1823Their cheesecake, on the other hand, is airier than our typically dense cake.  Still very tasty, with a unique presentation on a slate tile


Dave & I are notoriously slow to make friends, but he seemed to have no problem here.  They welcomed him with open arms.  He kept a hand on his wallet, not knowing if their friendship gestures were genuine.


These are the temptations that call out from the streets of Southern Spain.  For the most part we’ve resisted. – Laura

Malaga Auto Museum

Tacoma has America’s Car Museum, and I’d bet one could make an adventure out of visiting car museums all over the world.  They’re tucked away in odd places – like Malaga and Nashville.  The following verbiage has been stolen (by me!) from several websites.

“The car museum, which opened in 2010, contains more than 100 cars.   The owner is Portuguese collector Joao Magalhaes, and the fully restored models range from years 1898 to 2011 . Housed in the city’s historic tobacco factory building, they include Hispano Suiza, Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz, Bentley, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Porsche, and Ferrari, and an extensive collection of antique and rare  cars. The museum also features a unique display of engines converted to art.   Finally, there are over  300 original hats by great designers such as Dior, Chanel and Balenciaga among others.”

In addition to this awesome hat collection (I’ll do a separate post for them), the museum displayed many cars with a dress or coat and hat of the same vintage.   They made some beautiful pairings.

At the museum’s website, select the British flag in the top right hand to get a little English translation, and poke around the site to get some great images. The last selection under the “Museum” tab is a “Virtual Tour’, which will take you through the museum using the same technology as Google Earth – street view.  This Virtual Tour does not include the fashion pairing I mentioned above.

The only bad thing about the abundance of windows in the building is that it resulted in backlighting – bad for photo taking.    Below are some of my better shots with details when I remembered to take them.   Enjoy! Laura

1938 Lincoln-Zephyr 12 cy, 110 hp, 4400 cc


Color is actually more purple. 1938 Panhard et Levasson (French) 6 cy, 100 hp, 2900 cc. This Art Deco car had the steering wheel in the middle – allowing the driver to transport a lady on each side.


Scary to be crossing the street and see and hear (it's the horn) this snake coming at you.
Scary to be crossing the street and see and hear (it’s the horn) this snake coming at you.



Renault (Fr.) 1930,  8 cy 24 hp, 4200 cc. It was ordered as a hunting car by THE Mr. Astor.
Renault (Fr.) 1930, 8 cy 24 hp, 4200 cc. It was ordered as a hunting car by THE Mr. Astor.


Helicron 2 (French) 1932.  A use for leftover WW1 aircraft engines.  2 exist - the other in Motor Museum - Nashville, TN
Helicron 2 (French) 1932. A use for leftover WW1 aircraft engines. 2 exist – the other in Motor Museum – Nashville, TN
My vote for best match to dress.
My vote for best match to dress. Kaiser Darrin (USA) 1954 6 cy, 90 hp, 2600cc


"The Egg" - Fulda mobile (Alemannic) 1955, 1 cy, 9 hp, 200cc.  Very cute 3 wheeler.
“The Egg” – Fulda mobile (Alemannic) 1955, 1 cy, 9 hp, 200cc. Very cute 3 wheeler.


"Baby Car" Velores (Czech) 1963 2cy, 16 hp 300 cc.  This canvas  3-wheel mini was all the rage in E. Europe, even though it could only reach 19 mph..
“Baby Car” Velorex (Czech) 1963 2cy, 16 hp 300 cc. This canvas 3-wheel mini was all the rage in E. Europe, even though it could only reach 19 mph..


Two of the “art’ engines on display.


My favorite.  1962 Jaguar Inglaterra. 6ct 259 hp 420 cc. Nice.
My favorite. 1962 Jaguar Inglaterra. 6cy 259 hp 4200 cc. Nice.
BMW (Alemania) 1938 6cy, 55hp, 2000 cc. "The German sports car of the 30's", it dominated the European raced in Le Mans & Mille Miglia in 1938 and 1940.
BMW (Alemania) 1938 6cy, 55hp, 2000 cc. “The German sports car of the 30’s”, it dominated the European races in Le Mans & Mille Miglia in 1938 and 1940.


Glass hood ornament by famous art glass company Lelique
Glass hood ornament by famous French glass artist Lalique.
Vintage posters.  What are they saying?
Vintage posters. What are they saying?
Cool leather seat and painting.
Cool leather seat and painting.

Vintage bikes and design experiments

One more vintage bike, this one a Bultaco


Playing with Rhino to design a motorcycle fairing. The rider will lay on this bike with his head even with the handle bars and feet behind the rear wheel. The nose section above the front tire is a clear Lexan windshield.


Using OpenFOAM and ParaView to analyze the aerodynamics of a motorcycle

I have a friend in Tacoma who is building a motorcycle with the intent to break a speed record this year in the Utah salt flats.  His name is Mike and here is a link to  a blog that chronicles his efforts.  He even gave me a little shout out for helping with some curve coordinates.   Mike built a bike to race last year but weather prevented ever running it on the flats.  Mike has been doing a phenomenal job all after work and weekends and I applaud his efforts.  I wanted to provide more significant help but the timing of this trip precluded me adding any value.  Never-the-less the idea got me interested in learning more about how to use my computer aided design application Rhino (a very popular CAD package from Robert McNeel & Associates headquartered in Seattle).  I spent some time leaning how to create airfoil sections curves and surfaces.  The example above is the result of some of those experiments.  Next I wanted to figure out if I can analyze the aerodynamics of a bike.  Aero analysis is performed with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software.  Most of the good CFD software costs $10K or more.  I found a fairly good free (open source) application called OpenFOAM and a second application for viewing the results called ParaView.  I am continually amazed at the amount of free quality software that is out there.  CFD analysis is fairly complex and software to perform it complex as well.  Luckily OpenFOAM comes with a bunch of test cases one of which happened to be a motorcycle.  Even with the support of having a ready made test case it still took me 20 to 30 hours to get to the point of being able to produce the image above.  The colors represent air pressure, red being high pressure and blue being low pressure.  The squiggly lines represent how air would flow.  My next experiment will be to take my draft motorcycle above (second picture), add a driver,  and perform the same aero analysis you see in picture three.  I hope at some point I can take the real shapes of Mike’s motorcycle and run it through this software to see the results.  Since I have only scratched the surface of leaning how to use the software, I have a bit of work ahead of me.  Luckily there are lots of good tutorials out there and there is a complete course from MIT on aerodynamics that I have been viewing as well.  My major is Electrical Engineering (not aero) so all of this is new to me.  Now you know what occupies my time for 9:00 till midnight.  (Loren – this is why a lug a computer around).  -Dave


The Alhambra Palace

We actually took a tour!  A one day bus excursion to Granada (about 150 km to the NE) to visit the Alhambra Palace.  I would love to tell you details about it, but our tour guide’s microphone didn’t work… we heard few details.  But, it is beautiful, and has a fascinating history – from what I’ve read.  The Moors took over 2 centuries (1238-1492) to build it, and they were eventually booted by the Christians.   I regret not reading up on it before the tour, but now have another topic on my reading list.

The bus ride revealed olive trees for as far as the eye could see.  Did you know Spain is the number one producer of olives in the world?  Producing more than double that of the #2 country – Italy.  Most of Spain’s olive oil is exported to Italy, and any olive can be made into olive oil.  It only has to be allowed to ripen to a black color.  Yup – the microphone of the tour guide on the bus DID work 🙂

Photos of Alhambra Palace – the exterior one is not mine.  There is skiing in the mountains in the background.


Looking toward Granada from the palace.
The gardens and yards were beautiful. Can imagine the color in the summer.
Wow. We bought a book detailing the palace that you’re welcome to borrow when we get home.
The tile is not original, as I would guess the door is not either. Still beautiful.
This gives you an idea of the depth of the plaster relief. The tiles were molded then installed.


This is original tile work.
You could look at the details all day long. We’ll be back!

– Laura

Mo’ paper

Yes, I will be adding a new file folder of museum brochures and city maps to my ‘travel’ box at home.  I don’t revisit them often,  but it’s always like Christmas when I do, as I’ve forgotten most of the excursions.


The Tourist Information offices so far have been most helpful in providing maps which also highlight local sights and attractions.  Fuengirola’s office has free WIFI as well as a couple of gratis computers. They produced the map below when I asked about hiking trails – the trails we’ve been exploring.   Not all of their advice was spot on, though:  they recommended the train, not the bus, to Malaga, for a quicker, more pleasant ride.  We found the bus was more comfortable, faster (way fewer stops), more scenic, and cheaper.  Laura


Misc sights around Fuengirola

This will be a catch-all for random observations around Fuengirola.

We’re 3/4 of the way through our visit here, and even though it’s a very built up area from Fuengirola to Malaga, I’d stay in the area again.  With the exception of the direct beach area, it retains a local feel.

Always ice cream time.


The sweets, overall, have disappointed. (You who know me know I’ve done my best to find the best 🙂 Too much sugar and not enough flavor.


(not my photo) Before we leave, we will sample and report back on the traditional churros – a fried dough that you dip in a thick hot chocolate. (What I do for the sake of the blog!)


Boatyards in the U.S. typically use metal braces to balance/support the boats. Here they use wooden posts & wedges.


The many fishing boats are not near as colorful as those in Malta.


These are octopus traps. The cylinders, which were earthen pots in ancient days, are lowered to the seabed. The octopus naturally seek a place to crawl into, and don’t try to escape as they’re being raised to the waiting fishing boat.
Soccer game between Malaga and Barcelona caused mini-traffic jams in front of cafes & pubs that had TVs visible. Judging by crowd reaction shortly after the photo was taken, Malaga won. Also judging by the heavy coats, you would think it was cold here. It’s been regularly in the 60s. Me thinks they overdress.
Grocery baskets double as go-carts. Her speedy little brother, who is just about out of the image (far left), is winning the race.


Some nice contrast.
Some nice contrast.


Gleaner Dave brought home this deformed lemon he found on the sidewalk. The others in the tree must have given it the boot.

We’re off to the Automobile Museum in Malaga, which should provide some great photo opportunities.  Be well – Laura