Hostal Santo Tome
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... finish up with the burial of the sardine. This represents the farewell to life's pleasures and the beginning of Lent. In the schools, they celebrate all week long leading up to the beginning of Carnaval. Every day, Nolan came home with a different design on his face or a mask. Friday, all the kids were dressed up in costumes just like we would for Halloween. ...
... to Madrid doesn't take too long and we are back to the start of
our tour in no time.
After we check in to the hostel there are a
few sad farewells and goodbyes from the small little band of friends we made.
The few that are staying in Madrid plan to meet up in the bar under the hostel
for a karaoke night! This is where it gets interesting. We had some tea and
head our butts into the bar which is empty besides 4 ...
... to be another terrific ruin with two curtain walls and a keep in the centre. The place had been extensively quarried and probably dynamited to get the stone out, because in the keep a huge section of stone wall spanned across high above with nothing to show how it was staying up there. There were two cisterns set into the ground, their stone vaults partly collapsed into the interior. The wind was roaring in the stonework above, Jackdaws hanging ...
... lore, in particular the story of Moscardó's son Luis. The 16 year old boy was captured by the Republicans who held him hostage and demanded that the Nationalists surrender the Alcázar. It is alleged that Luis told his father: "Surrender or they will shoot me." To which his father replied: "Then commend your soul to God, shout 'Viva Cristo Rey' and die like a hero.
We spent far longer than planned and anticipated ...
... you push your way to the front of the crowd to get the owner's attention, then he or she bags up what you want. Once Rosemarie mastered the process, she enthusiastically purchased our produce, excited about the chance to cook -- after nearly 2 months without cooking! After packing up the car with our goods, we spent a few hours touring Avila by way of its walls. The view was spectacular. Avila is lovely both inside ...