Hotel Convento del Giraldo
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... around it. They changed the bull out every once and a while, but as the streets from the plaza made a sort of square, you never knew when the bull would run around the corner. I was shocked that there were so many people milling around the plaza casually drinking and talking, including children and elderly people. There were some wooden barriers on one edge of the plaza, but when I asked a local where to stand she laughed and told me I would not see the bull if I stood ...
... in disrepair, tracks rough and timber guide rails broken or falling down. Many of the private buildings look vacant, some quite rundown, contrasted by the abundance of luxury cars. We are theorising that Cuenca could be rich Spaniards visiting town, we noticed a new golf course on the way which had golf estate housing (no doubt expensive). Large birds overhead riding the thermals caught our attention at one point, I saw them again later in the day. At Parador de Turismo ...
... to eat in, our waitress was rather surly and wouldn't let us order the menu of the day so we up sized to a larger fixed price menu. Which ended with too much food, the starters were okay but quite salty, the paella was very disappointing very salty with only small pieces of fish and miserable little shrimps. Fortunately we were not hungry by this stage and I didn't miss the desert which probably wouldn't have been worth writing home ...
... explains it :-)
Ciudad Encantada / Enchanted city
I drove to nature park Ciudad Encantada, about 45 minutes from Cuenca. It was just a small side note in my guidebook, not even one of this province's highlights. But ...
... in raincoats we cycled in the heavy rain and actually quite cold conditions, stopping only for the very necessary haribo breaks, one of which took place in the sanctuary of a church. Lunch offered a new challenge. As we were about to sit down on some benches in a little picturesque village we were approached by an old lady whom we assumed was telling us off in Spanish. She disappeared back into her ...