Pretty and oh so unique Cuenca

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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El Greco Caravan Park
What I did
The town of Cuenca

Flag of Spain  , Castille-La Mancha,
Saturday, June 2, 2012

Yesterday our destination was Cuenca which is about 3 hours drive inland from Valencia. Skipped Valencia because we are having a break from cities for a while and will recommence looking at the bigger places when we meet up with Carol and Graham later this month. A trouble free journey there, found the park easy enough and proceeded to book in. The intention was to stay a couple of nights and have a good look around the place. Once we were settled the wind started to blow a bit and all this white fluffy stuff was blowing around. The whole park and the town itself is covered in it. It seems that it is a flower from a particular tree, which is at its worst this time of the year. It went everywhere and poor old Charlie nearly took on a different colour. The park was rather nice and pretty busy as well.After we had our cup of tea we made our plans to go and see the township early in the morning when it is still cool and not so busy. Lots of uphill walks and lots of steps. Best left till the morning.
So this morning we left our campsite before anybody arose for their early morning toilet stop and drove 7km into town. Cuenca is a unique town. The old part takes you back to the 16th century. The town is build on gorge cliffs , houses seem to jut out from the side of the cliffs or are build right on top of the cliffs. Lovely little balconies everywhere which is pretty well preserved. Rick and I walked along the river, crossed the river at one point and proceeded to follow the road uphill. Lots and lots of steps and cobbled paths later, we came across this lovely plaza with all the old buildings still intact and lived in. A very special sight and a good reward for all that effort. A description of the town is very hard to get across to you on this blog and does not capture  the true scenes we saw this morning,  but is was breathtaking and we were both impressed by it all . Rick and I just stood there and took it all in. The gorges in this area are huge and very inpressive. We were glad we left it till this morning. When we drove through yesterday there were so many people there but this morning they had not woken up yet. Early morning coffee with the locals because nothing touristy was open yet.
After our visit to Cuenca it was back in Charlie who promised to take us to Toledo, which she did. The roads in Spain are fantastic to drive on and so very very smooth. Lots of new freeways everywhere not being used. Do not know why they build them because the normal road is still excellent with hardly any traffic on it. Future planning perhaps.
Now here we are in Toledo , parked in a 5 star park, sitting outside the restaurant having a wine and looking at the most fantastic view of the city. Will probably stay here for 3 or 4 nights and enjoy it all. Lots to see and discover here. Still warm and sunny as well.

Just an addage, for those  people who will understand this, we are having a drink in the most gorgeous place and wish to toast a wonderful lady called Phyllis, who to us will always be remembered as a grand lady.It has been a privilage to know you Phyl, rest peacefully xoxo

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Goonermarch on

Thanks Willie and Richard for remembering my mother in law Phyllis. She was as you say a very special lady and she would have loved the fact that you were drinking to her remembrance in the sun.

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