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Travel Blogs from Vitoria-Gasteiz
A late start this morning after a failed attempt at skyping Kate and the boys - again. We plan to do a bit of leisurely shopping back in the lane ways followed by lunch at Carmela's. We befriended the waitress last night and told her we wanted to compare Iberian ham and Serrano ham. She suggested we have them with two types of Oloroso sherry. So we meet back there at lunch time to do the tasting.
The Iberian ham won hands down and was brilliant ...
... our own Labastida’s annual festival.
The first day we witnessed the lowering of "El Pellejo", which is loosely translated as “skin”. We are intrigued, and find that “the skin” is, in fact, a large skin of wine which is lowered on a rope from the tower of the church to a window of the town hall, located opposite across the Plaza, meanwhile spewing prodigious amounts ...
... undulating roof reflecting the line of the hills behind. Regretfully recently, the roof has started to leak and the owners have taken him to court!
The 75Ha of vines range are mostly around 33 years old with some as old as 80 years. They strive to produce wines in line with traditional Rioja but incorporate modern wine making techniques including separate vinification of each plot, the use of a seaweed based fining agent (rather than egg white). ...
... grilled over vine cuttings with salad and for those with stamina, a Basque desert with rice and sweet custard. Copious Crianza and Reserva wine lubricated these delights and liquors were offered for those who could still string together sentences at the end!
Comedy lunch moment occurred when visiting the Gents bathroom when alone facing the urinal I could distinctly hear voices from the cubicles behind – odd I ...
... to the northeast, toward Vitoria-Gasteiz. At about the kilometer 40 marker on the AP-1, it began to rain. It was a gentle rain, almost more of a drizzle. We encountered our first tunnel on the AP-1. It was at kilometer marker 59. It was at this point that I noticed that each tunnel actually has a name. That first tunnel was called San Nicolas (St. Nickolas). The second tunnel was named Barrio (Neighborhood), and the third tunnel ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Pets allowed