Hotel Ciudad de Haro
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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 ...
... as we pass that the smell is that of the bakery around the corner while we breathe in deeply and relish THAT smell!
Spent the the afternoon downing a bottle of red, sensational and at €3 - are you kidding? Cheap to live here. Would love to spend time here with Bill. Had a gorgeous 1/2 hour Skype with him last night and Maguire and Niamh are supposed to be with him tonight but I couldn't make ...
... from the sun by a blanket of fig leaves, with a sign indicating Pilgrims, help yourselves. Again nothing better than freshly picked fruit and kindly given.
At the restaurants there are pilgrim menus on offer. They always include a starter, salad, soup or pasta and several choices of each. My personal favouite for a starter is seafood salad! Then it is followed by the main, which is meat of some sort and potatoes. I can always ...