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Bnb secure internet - 4* hotel not secure - go figure.
We r in avila now in a supposed paradore! Very nice but has lost it originallity.
Leaving Cagliari, arrived at the airport lined up 4 baggage drp. Madrid is closed - panick - translation - flights 4 for madrid r not open yet!
CATTLE CLASSryanair. We couldn't understand the english, god knows how the none ...
8am misa and laudes was a lovely way start the day with the sun catching the city wall turrets beyond the chapel garden. It was a late dinner last night - Spanish time works differently and dinner wasn't until 9pm. We slept heavily lapping up the peace of Carmel after the party atmosphere of Madrid.
It was a shame to have to leave the universidad so quickly. The unusual star shaped ...
Let nothing disturb you
Let nothing frighten you
All things pass away
God never changes,
patience obtains all things,
he who has God
finds he lacks nothing
God alone suffices - St Teresa of Avila
It's very late, we're very sleepy, photos way to slow to download. Today it's all about Teresa so I'll let her take the lead. We are ...
... the signs. At one point there was an entry into an official looking place, but It was totally ignored, since it did not say el Escorial. After driving another 10 kilometers we found a massive palace and monastery, San Lorenzo de Escorial. I am totally amazed that anybody could keep a place of this size operational, it must have cost a fortune. Unfortunately each week comes with a Monday, and Mondays most museums and palaces are closed, so we could not go in, but ...
... and lots of forks and curves, so of course I got a bit lost. I was in search of a famous sweet: Yemas de Santa Teresa (they're obsessed with Santa Teresa here, everything is named after her) and in particular from a specific shop, known as the best: Le Flor de Castilla. When I stumbled upon a nice quiet plaza, which I have since identified as the Mansión de los Polentinos, I spotted the name on a shop front, though closer ...