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Almonte

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  • Day90

    Jour 51 - Départ pour le Portugal

    August 17, 2016 in Spain

    Marie a été incroyable... Elle nous a fait des tortillas jusqu'à notre départ! Nous sommes partis reposés, douchés, rassasiés, joyeux...
    Une vraie maman!

    Sur notre route pour le Portugal, nous sommes passé par Almonte une toute petite ville où il y avait une PISCINE!!!!! On a eu la meilleure pause dej du voyage!!!

  • Day394

    Donana is a national park on the coast about an hour from Seville. We'd skipped it last time as it didn't sound that interesting, and we weren't really sure about how much we'd push for world heritage sites at the time. But now our situation is quite different, so into the car we went.

    It's a large wetlands area that's very popular with bird watchers as it's an important stop for migratory birds. We drove down in the morning and headed for one of the visitor's centres. Unfortunately you can't actually go into the park without a guided tour, and none of the operators I spoke to were running tours on that day. So we had to make do with essentially looking over the fences.

    The place we stopped had a 3 kilometre hike around a large loop, with several lookouts and bird-watching hides to stop at, which we did. I actually found it quite fascinating, once you sit there in silence and just observe the birds coming and going. It's almost impossible to film with an iPhone camera though, since I don't really have much zoom to speak of.

    We did the walk, then headed down to the coastline to a sand dune area that is also covered by the park. Here you can actually walk in to the park, though the boardwalk was largely covered by sand from the dunes and it felt quite easily to get lost. Also a thunderstorm was blowing in and Schnitzel was alone in the car, so we finished our filming and beat a hasty retreat.

    Stopped in the nearby town for lunch, where I had an okay hamburger and Shandos a salad. It felt a bit odd here, since it was an enormous developed beachfront area that was largely devoid of life. It actually felt like a lot of it had been developed just prior to the GFC, since many places were unfinished or up for sale. You see that a lot in Spain, and I think in many ways they're still recovering.

    Last stop for today was the town of El Rocio, a sort of Andalusian cowboy town. The roads are all dirt, with whitewashed terraced buildings in a small village sort of thing. It feels very authentic, even though most of the buildings are early 20th century. Very much like a cowboy town from the American south west. Quite cool. We hoped to sit on the river front here and have an ice cream, but nobody was selling them despite the heat! Eventually some guy managed to dig a couple of Magnums out of the freezer and sell them to us.

    Back to Seville!

    Rested up in the afternoon before walking over to our favourite restaurant from last time, La Azotea. It was about a 15 minute walk since we're on the other side of town here, but it was definitely worth it! Amusingly, we managed to order basically the same thing as last time too - pork cheeks in red wine sauce, oxtail meatballs, and prawn & leek rice paper rolls. All extremely delicious, and topped off with a chocolate fondant!
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  • Day170

    El Rocio

    November 10 in Spain

    An amazing town which is set within or beside the National Park "Donana".
    We arrived on Saturday lunchtime- the place was filling up with coaches discharging people by the hundreds.
    The town is fascinating - all the streets are sand, the buildings have railings for horses to be tied up and some of the bars have very large tables so people can enjoy a drink sitting on their horses.
    The town has no road traffic control, you drive or ride where you like. Motor cars and coaches were everywhere, commercial horse drawn carriages were ferrying people about between it all.
    The coach loads of people were mostly pilgrims from brotherhoods visiting the town to renew their faith in front of the white madonna who resides in the local church.
    Faith restored they then rush out to buy Lotto cards at the church door and masses of tat from the usual array of tourist stores on the perimeter of the large squares. The other main outlets were horse tack and clothing and Flamenco costumes.
    On Sunday it was all repeated, each town affiliated to the church has a building within the town which hold a shrine and has a large garden for the party that is held after serious business is over.
    We watched two processions march through the town - each with a vanguard of pipes and drum, followed by the congregation holding banners and some with twigs on a stick. These people had travelled from one or other of the affiliated towns on their pilgrimage and judging by the amount of food and drink taken off the coaches were in for a good party.
    We had a look around the small museum which was wrapped around the church knave at balcony level - quite informative and the music from the church service was joyful.
    The church bells were ringing all day as one set of pilgrims were changed over for the next town's lot. More faith restored - the lottery ticket salesmen were doing a great trade.
    We then cycled into the nature reserve next to the town where we saw Pochard, a Marsh Harrier looking for its dinner, Egrets and Heron - both grey and white from well located bird hides. We cycled on to the Palacio in the park which held interesting displays about the history of the area and its people.
    On Monday the town could not be more different - the town was virtually deserted and the streets nearly empty of all cars - nobody to be seen apart from some British twitchers looking for wild life on the adjacent lagoon - there was a very large flock of flamingo.
    Absolutely fascinating - a must see place to visit
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  • Day8

    El Rocio

    July 6, 2017 in Spain

    Ein Wallfahrtsort an der Grenze zum Nationalpark. Hierhin ist zu Pfingsten ganz Spanien unterwegs um der Madonna in der Kirche zu huldigen. Ansonsten sieht das Städtchen aus wie aus einem mexikanischen Film, überall Sandwege und man könnte überall sein Pferd anbinden.

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