This morning I, Digby, took a tour around La Chanca, the old gypsy quarter of Almeria above the fishing port and overlooked by the old Moorish fortress, the Alcazaba.
At first it looks very attractive with the colourful houses. This little boy asked me to take his photo, but if you look closely you will note the state of his football. This was my first indication of the poverty in this barrio.
As I walked up the hill the streets an buildings became more dilapidated. Old appliances were left outside houses.
In this street even a fridge stood outside the front door yet every house had a satellite dish.
Seeing me with a camera, I was often asked to take a photo. The children liked posing.
I am not sure why these women asked me!
Further up at the end of the barrio a passed this pink building with vine, plastic chairs and cats.
Above La Chanca I found this man training a pony in a corral.
He also kept some goats, but there was no evidence of a cortijo, just some shacks and corrals.
This is a good view of La Chanca looking down. The modern city of Almeria can be seen behind the castle.