Hotel Tudela Bardenas
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Sunday, a group of us went to visit the Palacio Real de Olite (aka: Royal Palace of Olite). It was a little over an hour away from Logrono and we spent the day exploring the castle, having a great potluck picnic lunch, getting ice cream, and just spending time with friends. The castle was beautiful. This building was a reconstruction of the original palace that was originally built under the reign of King Charles III, ...
... ago. An outdoor cafe for dinner. Beautiful food...wonderful atmosphere ...and then we had 3 Spanish singers entertain us. Just so much fun.... So touristy...but hey, I'm a tourist. I loved it. After that, on the bus for a tour of the Madrid lights. Saw all the beautiful fountains lit up. Our bus driver would take us 3 times round a roundabout so we could take photos. Then onto Plaza Mayor. Absolutely amazing....built in 1619 The Square ...
... in the distance or nestling on a small hillock, its church steeple standing tall.
South of Zaragoza the land starts to become undulating and increasingly full of vineyards. Here, these are black, gnarled leafless plants stand in rows between sleepy ghost-like towns. Dusk was beginning to fall creating an array of reds and golds on the bands of cloud in the sky. The mountain range ...
... and then went for a walk around the streets. Nothing much was open, sadly. Then back to the van to prepare corned beef hash for tea.
Settled down to watch a Gwyneth Paltrow film on the mobile DVD player after reading books and a few puzzles. As usual it went on strike half way through the film - must remember to charge the battery tomorrow! It'll be an early night again then. . .
... Better than nothing but I suppose not much.
Those were the castles for the very privileged few, surely a lot more comfortable than what was available to the commoner. Also note, that most of the towns were surrounded by walls which implies they were under threat of attack. Life expectancy in the medieval time was between twenty five and thirty years. All in all, I don't think the middle ages were a very nice time to be living.