Parador de Ubeda
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... and various wrought iron balconies. I barely manage to fit it into a video clip. Further up the hill the grid pattern ends and the alleys start to wind up the steepening hill with more quaint, traditional homes. Then the city abruptly ends, and the steep grassy climb to the castle begins. I decide to try to find a way up on the east side, also so I can enjoy the beautiful view of the valley with an impressive rock formation that looks like a butte ...
A super camping spot amongst the trees, high up in the hills with bright sunlight, a cool breeze and amazing trees for shade and shelter. There is an excellent website for Despenaperros Natural Park, Andalucia with excellent information on the park that describes the area in which we are camping. Another and longer visit is planned! Surrounded by a superb group, a large group, of azure winged magpies, feeding on grasshoppers at the ...
... we were unaware that there was a big wedding that day and that there were only six guests who were not invited. We were four of them. Nevertheless, we had a swim in the freezing pool overlooking the wedding venue. 'We' means Mr and Mrs RL. The Eagles tried to fool us into thinking they had swum in the pool but in the end had to embarrassingly admit that they had only stood under the hit shower! Due to the wedding, we and the other ...
... of wandering Jaen's streets was less appealing when we left the cool interior and were hit by 39 degree heat. The old town is quite attractive but there are not many true sights as such so we elected to stop for a drink at a cafe.
We we had a very nice lunch in a restaurant close to the cathedral (it is 5 euros to go inside and the consensus seems to be it is a bit gloomy inside so we decided to spend the money on wine instead!).
We we returned ...
... by my many well-meaning companions and my desperate pleas that I didnt know how did no good. Thus I wound up on the dance floor, doing my best to mimic the moves of the woman in front of me. Thankfully, this episode lasted only a few minutes and then I gracefully left the dance floor (well, I would like to think gracefully, but it was proabably more like a relief-filled scamper). Though, there are pictures for your viewing enjoyment, I will try to put ...