Hotel La Finca Mercedes
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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 ...
... to take a ride, so the next morning we hopped aboard and waited to take off. We were the only ones on the train (it was a Monday) and after a while we asked when we would leave. Our “conductor” sighed, put out his cigarette and started the train up. Now, I suppose, during the busy season this train probably holds around 30 people, so it’s a waste of money to run it for only two folks, but still, we can’t wait all day! The train ...
... 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,
... on top of a hill overlooking olive groves as far as the eye can see, has very narrow streets and an old castle dating back to the 13th century. We had a Gin and Tonic in town with the locals watching bullfighting on TV and a couple of young people arrived on horseback and got served their drinks and Tapas on horseback before riding off. We stayed at the Hotel Palacio de las Manillas with it's stone walls and courtyard where we ate dinner and ...