Trujillo & Madrid
02.05.2011 - 06.05.2011 25 °C
Upon leaving Cordoba a few days ago, we headed north to Trujillo and (thankfully) left the rain behind us in the process.
Trujillo was a cool town. We arrived on the final day of the annual cheese and wine festival (YAY!!). So after checking in, we looked to take advantage of that!! Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure we can't bring cheese home with us, so only tasting was done on that front, but I did pick up a nice Temperanillo Rose for 4 euro!! Dinner that night was at the hotel - very very good.
Next day was sightseeing... Trujillo has a medieval castle, Roman remains, and was the home of Pizarro... who "discovered" Peru for the Spanish (i.e. raped and pillaged all the gold....). Anyway - here are some pics. Oh and forgot to mention the birds. They were everywhere!! Masses of swallows migrating north for summer and storks. Weird, but true. And to prove it, check out the picture below of the bell tower of one of the churches. It had at least 3 storks nests.
After our second night in Trujillo, we came to Madrid. Heading north by 2.5hrs means the temperature dropped about 5 degrees... down from 30 in Trujillo to about 25... but still sunny.
After checking in, we had to unload everything from the car as it was time to say goodbye to our faithful chariot after almost 5000kms. After some excitement (and stress) getting out to the return place (the GPS kept trying to take us through an unbuilt and barricaded suburb...) we returned the car with no hassles (not even with the scratches due to an incident in a parking garage). Here is a picture of Steve with the car.
Last night, we saw a great flamenco show. I took some short video clips, but I can't get them from my phone to the computer. Anyway - a different show than in Granada... 2 guitarists, 2 singers, and a guy on a purcussion box, plus two dancers. The male dancer was pretty amazing.
Today - a magical mystery walking tour a la Steve. We decided that since we really only had one full day here, that we would book onto a walking tour. So after breakfast (note the late meal times here... breakfast is about 10am, lunch around 2pm, and dinner anytime after 9pm), we headed to the tourist info centre closest to the hotel. They said that we couldn't book from there, but the main centre was only a couple of blocks away at Plaza Mayor. So off we went... at Steve's brisk pace (leaving no time to window browse and weaving through oncoming pedestrians....). When we got to Plaza Mayor (which was more than a couple of blocks away), the information centre had relocated. So with the new location identified on our map to ground orientation. Off we went again. And we walked. And we walked. With no food or water.... and hard to obtain them given I was trailling along in Steve's wake (as usual). Eventually Steve decided that we should grab a sandwich and eat them in the park (as we had managed to get ourselves to the botanical gardens). It was a lovely spot for lunch and I wished that I'd had my kindle with me, so we could have sat and read for a while. Alas, not to be.... so with more walking, we made our way back to the hotel.
This afternoon, we decided to head in separate directions for a while. I went to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza which has some great art, and a bit of everything. It was a good way to spend a few hours, as lots of things close here between 2pm and 5pm. Then they open again until 9ish. After my art viewing, I did a bit of wandering and shopping. Mostly to purchase a cabin bag to carry all the stuff we seem to have acquired...
Tomorrow we head to London and we're super excited to be catching up with people. =)