Mijas Pueblo... The first time we visited here when we stayed at Casa Mijas, we fell in love with this beautiful village with its white houses and with stunning views of the Costa del Sol. Mijas is a white town with Arabic structure...
What do you know about the Engelandvaarders? For those for whom the word "Engelandvaarders" means nothing, here is a brief explanation. An Engelandvaarder escaped from occupied Holland in World War II to join the Allied forces in England...
In February 2022 when we had no plans at all to purchase a flat in Spain but were on holiday in La Cala de Mijas, we heard from many people "Go hike the Caminito del Rey". This is a spectacular hike near Málaga.
The history is that our farm (that's how we call the large holiday home) is more than 400 years old and is referred to as "Bethlehem" on some old water maps. The farm has been owned by the Smit family, my father's family, for more than 100 years.
I was born at home on July 30, 1961, and yes, I was born in what is now the kitchen in the farm. The kitchen was my parents' bedroom at the time. I was the 4th in a row (girl, boy, boy, girl), after me there was another sweet little sister.
How did we come to move from Noordwijk to De Ruigenhoek? We tell that story in this blog. In 2005 my parents decided to move into an apartment. My father had difficulty walking and it became too much for them to continue living on the farm.