Travel Blogs from Aranda de Duero
Gumiel is the small village where Dominic was taken to study and where he lived with his uncle. We see the house, now restored and the nearby church. At Silos, we visit the Benedictine Monastery, where the highlight is the beautiful cloisters, containing eleventh century Romanesque stone carvings. Here it is said that Jane of Aza came to pray at the tomb of Santa Domingo de Silos. Her son, Dominic de Guzman is probably named after him. Lunch in ...
... Jesus related some of the legends surrounding Blessed Jane as well as information that is known about the family. We are invited to drink from the well that has been uncovered here and make a petition. I participate and remember a similar occasion in Israel at, was it Jacob's well? The evening is completed with drinks and nibbles with the whole group, 22 of us in total, and a fish dinner. Another action packed ...
... Camino. Aza is perched on a high hill and is reached by quite a steep climb up the road. Much of the buildings are decaying although some houses have been renovated. The Parish church has been restored and it is likely that Dominic would have visited his grandparents in the town and visited the tiny church. The church is opened for us by two local women who are the keepers of the keys. They limit our taking of photos ...
... We weren't 100% sure what to expect upon checkin...
Why a Castle?
It all started with Kian's wishlist for our summer trip. He asked us if we could stay in a castle, rather than just visit one. We said we'd look into it, though we weren't really going to the right places for abundant castle selection.
Then Pablo - who is a local, and much more likely to succeed in this endeavor - found one!! ...
Very imposing view from the main road that now bypasses the town - calls out "come and visit". Morning market - fruit and veg - strictly locals only.
Learnt early that the Spainish don't eat lunch at 12 - we were told to come back at 1.30! Had leg of lamb for two - roasted in a clay oven - which was on display in the restaurant. Yummy!
Town was great for a wander around ...
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