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... plains, all the better to see would-be marauders. Key features are two monasteries and the dual Palace, now a fancy hotel. The Don had wanted to estblish another palace - monastery complex like El Escorial near Madrid, but the idea didnt endure beyond his lifetime.
We had coffee in the main square, the plaza mayor, enjoying the warmer airs of Castille and then gazed at the countryside from mirador formed from a set of arches that linked the two monasteries ...
... people stared at me (but also greeted me (back) in a friendly manner), probably they don't see many young tourists here, or solo ones? I only saw a few other tourists, it being a week day, and they were all over 60.
One old guy on a terrace started babbling all kinds of questions at me but he had so few teeth that I couldn't make out what he was saying. So in the end I just acted like I ...
... way back, we took a less beaten path, a dirt pathway by some gardens, opting out of the cobblestone roads. To finish off our time, we went for a tapa (calamares) and wine by the aqueducts. We traveled back to Madrid and recuperated in our hotel for awhile before we adventured off to the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol (once again). At the backside of the Plaza Mayor, we went to a couple places called the caves to have some tapas and wine again. Not a bad day!
Due to technical problems, we are leaping forward to our second last day on the road in Spain. We will catch up a bit later with pics and stories from Toulouse onwards.
We spent last night in a renovated former convent with an etching of JC hanging over the bed. I think he likely offended. The convent was rebuilt in 1999 from rubble under the wishes of ...
... of caves. They were quite awesome actually. We had to go to the police station because a lady quit her job so we couldn't sleep. The police were very nice.
We left Tres Cantos by mid-morning and headed north (all 7 of us in one car), and made our first pit-stop at the top of the pass. It is a bit strange to see advertisements for snowboard rentals when ...