Painting Calpe Old Town Red

yellow and red painted steps in calpe Boden red ponte dress

I know I won’t be alone when I say that time away on holiday seems to pass twice as quickly as it does at home. So it is with a rather blue feeling that I’m writing this. I can’t believe the nine-day holiday in Calpe with Ian is over and that we’ve been home for a week already. It was perfect. Our first proper holiday alone. Neither us had been to Calpe before. We chose the hotel because of its excellent reputation for food, its location on the beachfront and its views of the famous Calpe rock. It surpassed our hopes and expectations. I’ll write more about the resort itself in due course but for now, here’s one of the charming features of Calpe Old Town.  The iconic yellow and red painted steps in Calpe form a gateway between the seafront and the old town. When we climbed them during the day, they were deserted. By contrast, in the evening, they were full of life. And thankfully, the locals sitting outside their properties seemed unconcerned by the number of tourists, ourselves included of course, taking photographs.

red and yellow painted steps in Calpe

My red vintage-inspired ponte midi dress is from Boden. (At the time of writing it is still available in several colours and most sizes in the clearance section). It’s my favourite shade of red, a colour that is vibrant and uplifting. I love the tie detail at the back.

Red steps of Calpe and red dress 5

Red Boden Aria dress on yellow and red painted steps at Calpe

Red Boden Aria dress on yellow and re

Red steps of Calpe and red dress

Red Boden Aria dress on yellow and re

These raffia spot sandals are also from the Boden clearance. I couldn’t resist the raffia, the tassels and the scalloped edge. They make the perfect holiday shoe.

raffia spot slingback shoes

raffia spot slingback shoes

The Perfect Pair

What is the perfect eyewear for my red vintage-style midi dress? A cat eye style to compliment the 1940-50s shape.  These are the Shaula by Feb31st. The frame is made from sustainable wood, which ties in very nicely with the natural raffia of my shoes. The graduated blue lenses compliment the navy on my shoes, while the raffia compliments the little basket I bought in Nerja.

Red painted steps in Calpe

Red painted steps in Calpe

Red painted steps in Calpe

Red painted steps in Calpe

Red painted steps in Calpe

yellow and red painted steps in Calpe

If you look at the photograph above, you can see that the yellow and red painted steps have a half-tiled wall to the left. The wall continues to full height around the corner. It’s a beautiful example of the intricate tiling that covers so many walls throughout the whole of Spain.

red ponte dress tiled wall in calpe

cat eye wooden sunglasses

cat eye wooden sunglasses

cat eye wooden sunglasses

 

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Boden Aria Dress
Boden Aria Dress
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Boden Clover Raffia And Spot Embroidered Heels
Boden Clover Raffia And Spot Embroidered Heels
Shaula by Feb31st
Shaula by Feb31st
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
Boden Aria Dress
Boden Aria Dress
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Boden Clover Raffia And Spot Embroidered Heels
Boden Clover Raffia And Spot Embroidered Heels
Shaula by Feb31st
Shaula by Feb31st
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
Boden Aria Dress
Boden Aria Dress
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Boden Clover Raffia And Spot Embroidered Heels
Boden Clover Raffia And Spot Embroidered Heels
Shaula by Feb31st
Shaula by Feb31st
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
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3 Comments

  1. Pauline Yeowart
    July 23, 2019 / 7:12 am

    Fab pics . Lovely dress on you x

    • elizabeth
      Author
      July 23, 2019 / 11:22 am

      Thank you Mum! Ian did a brilliant job with the photographs and it was such a stunning location. I adore the dress too (and shoes!) xxxx

  2. July 23, 2019 / 6:47 pm

    Lizzy, you look absolutely beautiful. That dress is divine, and so are the sandals. And the glasses, actually!! It looks like such a gorgeous place too.
    I went for my eye test yesterday and ended up with the most expensive frames in the shop lol. I told them I really wanted something bright and colourful – like Pru Leith wears in The Great British Bake Off. Needless to say, they were actually stockists of the frames she wears lol. I can’t remember the name offhand but it’s by some artist in Israel who hand paints them!!!!
    I shall have to write a blog post about it all next week!!
    Anyway, big hugs. Hope you’re not too sad to be home.
    Suzy xxx

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