Hotel Aire de Bardenas
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... is a hotel that is maintained with the original antiques from when it was built in the fifteenth century.
(In the village of Olite there was also a first communion celebration going on, in Spain the young girls wear full white dresses just like in the US, but they also have this grandiose celebration with all of the first communicants and their families. They rented out part of the parador hotel for this.)
... Look! A big rock! ( We are in country Spain! ) A lot of fun though... Especially when someone yells 'Duck.' (No..... there are not lots of ducks in this area of Spain.... But haven't got to Madrid yet... There may be ducks there.) They yell 'Duck' so they can take a photo out the window. However there are bulls. See attached photo. Story goes that these huge black billboards used to be emblazoned with the name of a Spanish Sherry. ...
... now. Then the wind dropped and the sun came out! Oh well . . . it's a nice day for a drive!
We set off, heading back over the hills to the Cascante Aire. Rhoda said it would be a five and a half hour drive on the fastest route, that's 254 miles, and her chosen route was all motorway. So we examined the map and decided on a more direct route - a yellow road, the CV20, up into the ...
... 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.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free parking