Hotel Ciudad de Haro
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Saturday: In anticipation of getting a ferry to Spain I moved from Brighton to a caravan site 15 miles from the port. Then I heard the ferry was cancelled but luckily I was immediately transferred to another ferry due to leave at 1.00am on Tuesday morning. So a bit more pottering about for two days was called for as I killed time before Tuesday arrived. I had to rebook all my campsites as I was now two days behind schedule but that was easy. I washed the salt off the outside ...
Haro is the centre of the wine district of La Rioja and has been our base for exploring the area. There are some 60,000 vineyards,and wineries (bodegas) literally everywhere. Of course we have visited a few!
The bodegas are imposing structures in the picturesque landscape rising out of the fields. Structures of concrete, glass or metal making a statement; wealth, superiority or perhaps market share.
Monday morning and we're off to visit the Royal Palace. Although the royal family choose not to live in the palace, it is still used for state receptions. The opulence of this palace is probably only rivalled by Versailles. It is beautiful with each room decorated in a different colour; silk covered walls, huge chandeliers in every room. The most striking room was the dining room ...
... was all in Spanish - picked up the odd word! Back in the square things had started to come alive. Band was setting up in rotunda ,a few cafes starting to open so sat down to organise which bodegas we were going to visit. We had found out the night before that arrangements for wine tasting were different from Aus. You don't just rock up to vineyards. All of it is done in the bodegas - sort of wine factories on the edge of town where all the processing is ...
... places for brekky and leap frog with them all day. We walk faster but stop for more coffee and food than they do.
Saw a lots more medieval buildings today in the old villages and I think of how much Bill would love this rural history here. The farmers drive Citroen types of panel vans, not the utes and 4 x 4's for them. The truckies give us lots of toots which is common and they receive the wave, often with ...