Thursday, 1 July 2010

1,2,3,4,5, Hops from Spain to home--- 1600 miles of joy and hookiness

Step 1 -- A bit of Posh!
We have an ambition to travel Spain via Paradores --- very lovely, but I have to be honest expensive!!
We have just returned home after a lovely trip and as always when that Visa bill tumbles in you check value for money!
 Now, I am not going to give up on Pardores because we have slept in Spanish castles and Moorish Monuments and they have been truly wonderful. Special nights that are full of happy memories, but value for money ?
If you are simple folk and enjoy camping as much as we do that is another question!
Alcaniz -- A Spanish castle and a favourite on this trip

The Parador became the seat of the Order of Calatrava in 1179. It sits on the summit of the Pui-Pinos hill ,at whose feet extends a city of plazas with porticos and narrow balcony- lined streets. Full of medieval charm.
Lovely spots to rest awhile and let the world go by!
Beautiful murals displayed on the walls of the monumental keep.
A Beautiful spot for Breakfast--- the real treat of a Parador stay.
Leaving Alcaniz and the local children celebrating a festival about witches we set off to the Pyrenees.
The Valley of Aran form the backdrop to the magnificent views from the Parador at Vielha. The circular restaurant is amazing --- shame about the food!
We took a short walk before the mist and rain surrounded us and found ourselves in the delightful hamlet of Casau.
Leaving Southern Spain  behind us we were struck by the almost Bavarian architecture of the mountain houses.
Rivers flowing swiftly!
I just love allotments!
And lovely planting!
Water troughs reminiscent of Dartmoor farms.
And no matter how small the hamlet a church dominating the landscape!

So it was goodbye to Spain as the border was just around the corner.
Hop 1 over!
Just one thing to google when I have finished the ironing!
Wandering as you do we stumbled on this bronze statue of a woman knitting -- very apt!! She was on the steps of the Aran hotel. I thought Aran wool came from the Scottish Isle of that name so I wonder what the connection is?


  1. Welcome home! Looks as if you've had some interesting travels and I'm looking forward to reading the next steps. The knitting woman looks a bit severe - maybe she is from Aran!

  2. Thanks for sharing photos of an area I just may never get to - love the murals and the knitting lady

  3. Hi Linda, maybe the Aran Hotel has Irish links. I always understood that Aran knitting comes from the Aran isles off the coast of Ireland - not the Isle of Arran,Scotland but I could be wrong.

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