Next we drove onto another, Zahara de la Sierra, up a mountain side with an ancient brick tower built by the Moors crowning the mountain. We stayed in the most primitive place yet, the only guests at the Hostal Marques de la Zahara. The room was freezing (colder inside than outside). When we asked about that and the lack of hot water in the bathroom we were told in Spanish that we could use the room next door for hot water and he brought in a little electric space heater which warmed up our room by about 3 in the morning. The next morning it was down right blustery outside. The cold weather is still gripping Europe.
The night before we had a great meal after hiking up to the tower at sunset for fantastic photo ops. The dinner was the best Venison stew ever with potatoes and veggies. Then a nice light pineapple cream (ricotta?) dessert....always with the wine of the area.
|Zahara below and another village across the lake.|
Did I mention that the Spanish are not big on English, compared to all the other European countries we've traveled in? The good thing about that though, is it's forcing us to learn Spanish, fun!
Favorite meal so far? Yata would say the paella dinner at L'Ampola, just south of Barcelona on the coast. I like the wine there but my favorite meals was the paella on a plaza in Valencia, althought the grilled artichoke in Barcelona was the best individual item so far.
Best art piece so far: Yata: Sorolla's, Lunch on the Boat,
but he also loved the Joan Miro museum
and aquired an appreciation for modern art like never before.
Jean's: Eugenio Gomez Mir's oil paintings (post impressionist),
sculpture on Familia Sagrada's Passion Facade by Josep Maria Subirachs