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... back on my own again it’s back to mini-breakfasts and sometimes skipping dinner….and maybe less wine too. Maybe!
Our departure by minibus from Posada del Castano was early on Saturday morning, dropping all members of the group off at Seville Airport exactly one week after we met there. I made my way back to Seville’s train station for the approximately one hour and 100 mile trip to Cordoba, my next ...
... first south and downwards to the small town of Santa Ana la Real where
we stopped in a bar for a coffee, then over ridges and through vales to Aguas
Frias and then Los Romeros where we stopped a bar for lunch. And guess what the
lunch choices were – more pork! I went for the Serranito, a kind of club
sandwich with Lomo de Iberico (pork loin), Serrano Ham, Fried Egg, and a
roasted chili pepper that really hit the spot.
From there it was ...
... descent route and the town about 300 meters (1,000
feet) below. The town of Almonaster la Real was originally a Roman settlement
but contained a monastery during Visigothic times from which it begot its
Arabicized name Almonaster during the Moorish era. The lasting remains of that
epoch is a significant tenth-century Mezquita (mosque) dramatically located on
a hill above town.
From Almonaster La Real our posada hosts ...
I woke Monday morning to the rumble of distant thunder,
storms that made it to Castano del Robledo with pouring rain and frequent
lighting in time for breakfast. Craig decided to delay our departure until it
let up somewhat since the forecast was for improving weather through the day.
We set out by car to a small village named Navahermosa to start our hike about
one hour later than our planned 9:30 departure. I should point out ...
... sheep milk cheeses, jamon de bellota, a huge mixed salad with lamb’s
lettuce, a first course of Revuelto de Setas y Jamon (scrambled eggs with wild
mushrooms and serrano ham), and Merluza Rellena (hake fish stuffed with shrimp,
spinach, peas, and pine nuts). The good bottles of wine from Rioja and Ribera
del Duero were all no more than 12 Euros. You pay more than that for a glass of
Spanish wine at restaurants in America!