Saturday, 29 May 2010

Carzola and a Trip in the Sunshine Bus !


"River Deep,Mountain High!"
It is lovely when family and friends come to visit.
Time to relax and just chill out!


Time for visiting pretty bars and of course enjoying a little bit of Tapas -- an extra special treat when it is bought out in the traditional way, without being asked for and better still with no charge made!!




And of course always waiting in the wings  is the Sunshine Bus!




I have learnt in Spain to always travel with picnics and it was lovely to share this one with a, German cyclist who was clocking up 100 k a day, and that day what a climb to our picnic spot!



And what a spot it was !










And the onwards and ever upwards journey  to the Hostal  Mirasierra.







Leaving the coast and the more touristy areas of Spain is a real treat-- Dinner, Bed and Breakfast which was lovely in every way -- 70 Euros for two !


On our first day we did treat ourselves to a coffee at the nearby Parador and the view from the terrace was absolutely beautiful. The very nosiy building work going on elsewhere made us glad we had not stayed there on this trip!





We love our little village, the semi arid environment and days and days of sunshine make it perfect for our winter visits but it is lovely to spend time near water! 
This was a lovely circular walk near our hostal.












On our third day we drove to see - 

Tranco Reservoir

Set in the northeast corner of Andalusia, this area is important to Spain for various reasons. It is here that the mighty river Guadalquivir, which flows through the cities of Cordoba and Seville before entering the Atlantic at Cadiz, begins its journey. It was from this river that Christopher Columbus set sail on his journey in which he discovered the Americas. Soon after its birth, the river is dammed and becomes the vast artificial lake which forms the centrepiece of the National Park, the Tranco reservoir. The dam of this reservoir is used to produce hydroelectric power, part of the Spanish government’s drive towards clean sources of electricity.



What a spot for a coffee!



And the view from Hornos a village high in the mountains worthy of its UNESCO status!


Now of course I could show you pictures of empty glasses ,plates and dishes but trust me there is no need.
I would have liked to have taken pictures of the hairpin bends but vertigo and distracting the driver made such a task impossible. 
But what an amazing time !!



And as always time enough  for the little delights by the roadside!




3 comments:

  1. It looks as if you've had a super trip and what stunning views! Spain certainly has some marvellous countryside - its a pity more tourists can't drag themselves away from the coast to see it - or maybe it's just as well they don't?

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Janet

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  2. Wow this all looks rather nice!! looks like you had a great time. Catch up with you both soon x

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  3. What a super trip! Your photos are lovely. I am so envious of your great weather. It has rained for over a week here.
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