Hotel H2 Avila
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Yesterday's adventure was divided into two parts. First, we went to Ávila, a city about an hour from Segovia known for its medieval walls and its hometown heroine, Saint Teresa. 2015 marks the 500th anniversary of Saint Teresa's birth. She was born in Ávila in 1515 and spent many years there as a Carmelite. In 1562, seeking a stronger vow of poverty, Saint Teresa established the Discalced (or Barefoot) Carmelites. Saint Teresa is also famous ...
... we walked up to the enchanting town square, where we spent half an hour wandering through its streets and trying local delicacies in its shaded plazas. Then we ate our bag lunches in a nearby park. Afterwards, the students had a blast playing on the fun playground equipment. On our way back to Segovia, we passed by the Valley of the Fallen, a monument to those who died during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), but also the place where Francisco ...
... cafe to feed us 3 bad cups of coffee, 4 fresh orange juices, two donut things, a mini chicken pie, and a ham and cheese crusty roll (not sure that's what we ordered - ah well), shortly followed by a ham and cheese toasted sandwich (yes, we did order that).
This time Ev and Mark took the challenge to eat the extra food! But we can't complain, the food was good (except the coffee) and so cheap - all that for $14.
And so it was not long after this that ...
... convey the feeling of majesty. Izak and Kris I will leave this up to you to ponder. We finally made it to Segovia and set of to have the biggest lunch we had to date. Lovely suckling pig, certified 11 days old, and a quarter lamb. The "cochinilla" is a regional favorite, and i can highly recommend "Casa Duque" a restaurant that can be booked 3 months in advance. We made sure that we arrived early since we didn't have a reservation. Now trust 4 meat loving ...
The first "find" of the day is the result of a mistake. Not far out of Burgos, the landscape gets interesting - there's hills and long cliffs and things to look at. And lots of vultures circling above the road. I don't know if it's because I'm looking around a bit, or because Spanish signposting is so lousy, but I miss the first turn-off towards Silos and the Yecla Gorge and have to take a second option a few miles further one. But this road leads me past ...