Beautiful day here in Madrid…..sun and 68 degrees. Here are a few photos.
Back in Madrid for 2 nights and there are a few more things to share…..First, the cave houses, not the one we stayed in, but a small town where there are many. One can see the chimneys sticking up from the hills and know that there is a home with a stucco front under it. Here is the town of Fonelas.
We have mentioned “Menú of the Day” often. Here is an example with 5 choices per course…..often there is only a choice of 2 or 3.
It has been a fantastic trip, wonderful people, places and foods. Spain is an easy country to visit; roads are good and well marked, accommodations are excellent and a real bargain….at least during the months of May and October (our last 2 trips here). We only spent 4 nights out of 30 in hotels; the rest were in beautiful apartments for less than the Holiday Inn Express in San Antonio. For example:
This is Riópar Viejo….remains of an old Moorish Fortress, a Christian Church, and apartments and 1 small restaurant. All this sits atop a rock; unfortunately it clouded up this afternoon and we could not get a good photo of how the rock sits above the highway.
This dish is fantastic….first course, a stew type of thing with chicken and a “noodle” that I would swear is a flour tortilla! Nothing like traditional Gazpacho, which here is called Gazpacho Andaluz (from Andalucía.) This morning we went to a park to hike to the source of the Rio Mundo….everyone was there! it is an impressive falls; this is our favorite photo from many .
Tomorrow we return the car to Madrid airport and will spend 2 nights there. Monday we will take the Metro into the city to a small neighborhood recommended by an artist from Madrid. We have seen all the “must sees” in Madrid and were looking for something a little different. Hope it is interesting.
Today is our last day in Andalucía, 26 days here and they have been a real treat. Wednesday was the first day of clouds since we arrived in Spain April 25 but by late morning it was partly cloudy but cool….63 for a high. Lows have been 43 degrees. Here are a few photos of the 2 places we visited in these beautiful mountains.
Wow! lightning fast internet here in Segura de la Sierra. So, as promised the different food we had in Sabiote. We did not have the menu of the day, but ordered sandwiches (we needed to eat lighter for a few days!)…..like a 14 inch baguette with fried calamari….or this, both shared.
We stopped here for lunch and will be spending a day there sketching…Thursday as we drove so much today….87 miles and it took 3 1/2 hours of driving time at 25 mph….narrow, winding, up and down…..the scenic route.
Found wee-fee here in Sabiote…..in the old convent….who would guess that???? So a few photos with captions….
OK…..I know you wonder what the inside of a cave house looks like…..here you go…..Kitchen/Dining….
See? Very nice….but only 2 windows….one by dining area and one in the bathroom. The owner said a study by the University in Granada showed that people living in these live longer and rest better than people in regular homes…..constant temperatures, less radiation and they rest better…..probably because it is DARK at night! ;- )