Parador de Alcaniz
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... hot over the past few days - it got to 38 Celsius today and will continue to get warmer over the next few days. Following lunch we briefly visited the Basilica del Pilar which had a couple of frescos in the dome ceilings by Goya. The Basilica was bombed by the Republicans in the Spanish civil war - two bombs went through the ceilings but did not explode (the republicans were poor and used low quality materials). This of course was taken to be a miracle. We then jumped back on ...
... yet I do appreciate that the season across the whole of Spain has been a difficult one because it has been a struggle to ensure sufficient brix levels(to obtain sweet fruit) because of adverse weather conditions. I think that my data collection has shown that tree ripening nectarines is a viable technique and I do hope that it will be considered by another Sainsbury's supplier in the future.
During my final few weekends in Spain I managed ...
... to choose from but I finally decided on a light sponge topped with a lemon mousse with raspberry sauce hidden inside- delicious as well as beautiful! Afterwards I went for some drinks and tasty Lebanese tapas with some girls I'd met at my hostel in a few bars in the Gothic quarter's warren of narrow, winding streets.
I arrived at the Cathedral just in time to see large groups of people doing a traditional Catalan ...
... both brought a friend, Pieter joined for the birdwatching and Robert and I finally had some time to spend toghether...
We visited the Ebro Delta, Els Ports, Cretas, Calaceite, Beseite, Horta de San Joan, and other beautiful places in the Mataranya area. We checked that our Finca still is home to Otters,Crayfish, deer, wild boar, rabbits, foxes, and now we know even badgers (Tejon).
We met new neighbours Anna (Boodaville project) and Helmut and Britt and caught up ...
... was really hot and when we were in the lake ruby saw a snake eating a fish. Then after that we went for a swim in the pool. After we went swimming we watched a film while mum and dad made dinner. The next day we made friends with some people called Kate and Megan. And together we made a ginormous sand castle but it was not really a sandcastle it was like a mini road with bridges and trees. Then ...