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Still progressing to the next big cities we were trying to enjoy the country side. Unfortunately there was one principle crop along the way. Olive trees as far as the eye can see and not one yellow crested cockatoo or pink and grey galah in sight. Ubeda did have some interesting renaissance buildings but of course ...
... best thing in Ubeda is the tapas. Man, this place has got it. We ate local dishes, we ate new cuisine, we ate… a lot. And the wine – wow – local stuff so good and cheap it made me feel like I wanted to move here. But of course one can only eat and drink so much, right?
We saw most of the major attractions on the first afternoon, so we had to find some filler for the next day. I saw this hokey tourist train and thought it would be ...
... particular reason because I found it even more attractive than Ubeda with a
center of public buildings including its Cathedral and old university almost
completely built in light colored stone in a very harmonious style. Although it
wasn’t apparent that I climbed quite a lot the ridge top location and 2,700
foot (800 meter) elevation of both Baeza and Ubeda make for a quite appealing
... streets look much
like those in other towns the central quarters and most public buildings in
both towns are built of stone in the style of that era and make the ridge top
towns look more like hill towns in central Italy that the white villages of Andalusia.
The architect of most of the Renaissance monuments in both towns (and also the
cathedral in Jaen) was an Italian-trained Spaniard named Andres de Vandelvira,
... that there is a castle on a hill above Jaen but
didn’t understand from guidebooks that the center of town is a major slog
uphill from the train station. It got me part of my workout for the day!
Jaen is not a particularly attractive place overall. It has
lots of narrow medieval type streets around its center but many are lined by
relatively modern buildings. The city has a number of minor monuments, churches