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We r in avila now in a supposed paradore! Very nice but has lost it originallity.
Leaving Cagliari, arrived at the airport lined up 4 baggage drp. Madrid is closed - panick - translation - flights 4 for madrid r not open yet!
CATTLE CLASSryanair. We couldn't understand the english, god knows how the none ...
... peaceful enclosed garden spaces. There were lots of cute little kittens sunning themselves at the entrance. MP= "That's because they don't believe in contraception"
We ate well there too. Simple hearty food but we got homemade empaņadas and the local biscuits. On the whole we're finding the Spanish fare much blander than what we expected. Eggs, cheese, potato and many varieties of pig. So ...
... hospitality of Carmelites at the Universidad de la Mistica tonight after soaking up the spirit of Avila and the spirits that flow freely at the supper table even in a Carmelite monastery.
Off to Segovia tomorrow. Sorry if the reports get briefer but the wfi is not always reliable and getting the pics from camera to blog can be a tedious process.
Love to all ...
... the signs. At one point there was an entry into an official looking place, but It was totally ignored, since it did not say el Escorial. After driving another 10 kilometers we found a massive palace and monastery, San Lorenzo de Escorial. I am totally amazed that anybody could keep a place of this size operational, it must have cost a fortune. Unfortunately each week comes with a Monday, and Mondays most museums and palaces are closed, so we could not go in, but ...
... I learn that the weather forecast for the next two days is dreadful - 11C and rain! Can this really be Spain in mid-June?
It's a sunny evening so, thinking that this might be my only chance to get some photos of Avila's walls in the sunshine, I go out for a walk round them. They were built in 1090-1099 after Christians under Alfonso VI had captured Avila from the Moors. Most of the modern city is outside the walls, but the interesting parts, ...