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Avila

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17 travelers at this place:

  • Day31

    We’ve spent the past 6 days volunteering for Vaughan Town, an English Immersion program for Spaniards. We’ve met such wonderful people: the participants, the staff, and the other volunteers. It’s very impressive how dedicated the Spaniards are in their efforts to improve their communication in English! We had a great time and made many new friends.

    As volunteers, we spent time talking one-to-one with each person, had meals together, participated in group activities, and practiced telephone communication as well. In addition, there was an entertainment hour every evening, composed of skits, presentations, and music, in which we all participated at some point. We got to see some real Spanish dancing, and Dean was involved as part of the “Spice Girls” band. We even received certificates at the end of the program!Read more

  • Day38

    Week 2 of Vaughan Town completed. Another wonderful group of Spaniards, volunteers, and staff got together to have a life-changing experience. We found it very heartwarming to have such a close connection with so many people in such a short period of time. There were volunteers from Australia, Canada, England, Sweden, and the US, (and Wales in the first week). The Spaniards had to decipher all those accents and ways of speaking, and it was amazing how much they improved in just 6 days!

    Anglos are encouraged to do a presentation if we want to. Dean presented information on the Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park and I led a line dance. Everyone seemed to enjoy both activities!

    Note: Barco de Avila is known as a region for growing organic legumes. We ate some during the week, cooked with chorizo, and they were delicious!
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  • Day31

    El Barco de Avila

    June 1 in Spain

    The area is beautiful: snow-capped mountains, a river, and a small town with a castle and church topped with nesting storks! With as many storks as we've seen, it's hard to believe they are protected. They are messy and people don't want them building nests on their chimneys, so places are provided for them to nest.

  • Day33

    Avila: A Walled City

    June 3 in Spain

    We drove from Segovia to Avila, about 1 hour away, to see this old walled city for a short walk-around. The medieval walls are completely intact. We had fun seeing the precious children dressed up for their first communion. It is great to see people involved in these historic buildings as a part of family traditions, and keeping them alive. There was also some kind of civic ceremony involving a band and officials in the town square.Read more

  • Day19

    And the old driver wasn't too bad either!
    I think we must have climbed at least 2,500ft in the rain with steaming roads ...good practice for the. Pyrenees.
    N B This post is one day late as it covers Fridays trip from the Castle Estremoz to El Barco d'avila. The N110 we are following is a spectacular drive on great road surface. We passed through Elvas which is a world heritage site...see the amazing aqueduct...also the town is a walled city. The hotel at El Barco didn't look so great but it's location is lovely....Roman bridge and castle surrounded by mountains. Also on this route we followed the cherry growing centre of Spain...now feeling very sick from my 1kilo purchase!Read more

  • Day56

    Day 56: Avila

    April 12, 2017 in Spain

    Another day, another World Heritage site! After our hotel breakfast we checked out around 10:30 and got back on the road. Short drive today, only about an hour to the south-west as we headed for the old town of Avila. This place is mainly notable for the enormous medieval walls still surrounding the town, so we decided to check it out.

    Had a bit of difficulty parking at first as there were lots of people around, but managed to find somewhere eventually. Wandered into town and started exploring, though neither of us felt particularly taken by the place. The walls are very impressive and in great condition, though the cleanliness of the stone and perfect condition made it feel a bit fake, weirdly. And that plus the hordes of tourists, people selling fairy floss and balloons etc made it feel almost like a theme park rather than a historic place. Alas.

    We had a good look around and filmed some stuff before stopping for some tapas on the main square. Checked out the various parts of the city before returning to the car and driving to our accommodation. We'd actually booked into a small hostel for the night and it was quite nice; only six rooms so not the usual hordes of drunken backpackers. There was a group of 8 Chinese priests which was a little odd! It also made me realise we've seen almost no Chinese tourists at all in Spain.

    Headed back into the old town for dinner and things had quietened down a fair bit, which was quite nice. Walked over to a market square rather than the main plaza, and as expected the venues here were aimed more at locals than tourists. Shandos had a fish dish while I had a chicken club sandwich.

    Back to the hostel and off to bed!
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  • Day65

    Ávila

    October 6, 2017 in Spain

    Grossi Nöiigkeit: dr Alj isch upgradet wordä! Är het churzerhand nöii Batterie bcho. Itz loufter wines jungs Rehli.
    Dr Wäg uf Ávila isch bezoubernd! So ungloublech schöni Landschaftä u hübschi Stedtli zwüschinä. Mir chöi nur stuunä!
    Ungerwägs simr no gah iichouffä – Sirup kennesi hie nid. Wemä nach Sirup fragt gits Caramel- oder Ärdbeersauce fr über Desserts odr Honig. U wemä mitm spanischä Wort fr Sirup (lut Google-Übersetzig) geit gah fragä, bchunntmä iigleiti Frücht. Zum Glück si d' Spanier so mega hiufsbereit (Telefonjoker Ehemaa, wo Änglischlehrer isch) u humorvou, da isch z' Übu grad haub so chlii.
    Augemein isch sehr z' erwähnä, wie ungloublech offä, fründlech u äbä vorauem hiufsbereit d' Lüt hie si! Da wird eim grad warm ums Härz bi so viu positivä Begägnigä.
    Churz vor Ávila heimr eigendlech ufnä Camping wöuä, dä het abr leider scho zue gha. D' Mannä vo dert hei üs när auerliebst uf spanisch erklärt, wo dass dr nächscht Camping isch oder wo dass mr härächöi. Auso simr uf Ávila inä.
    Dert hets leider gar keni Campings odr so gha, o nid ir nöcherä Umgäbig. So simr haut ufnä Steuplatz (odr Parkplatz, niemer weiss) ohni WC u Duschi. Mir hei üses Znacht ufem Trottoir gmacht u üs dert haut es eigets Plätzli iigrichtet. Paar irritierti Blickä heimr kassiert, abr mitr Dunkuheit vor Nacht, het o ds abgnoh. Im Alj heimr no dr 2. Panem-Fium gluegt u hei ner gschlafä.
    Hüt simr, wüumr so nöch vodä autä Muurä vo Ávila hei übernachtet, zimlech früeh gstartet fr ds Burgstedtli gah z' luegä.
    Chuum dür z' Stadttor inächo, simr scho zur grossä "Catedral d' Ávila" cho.
    Die isch riesig! Sie umfasst mehreri chliini Kapällä und ono es Chloster. Dert isch d' Teresa von Ávila gsi, odr Santa Teresa de Jesús, wisise hie nennä.
    Dr Rundgang dür die Kathedralä isch miteme Audio-Guide kommentiert wordä. Sehr spannend u informativ gsi! Am Schluss heimr no ufä Turm chönnä, wo ono gfüehrt isch gsi. Dert heimr bspw. d' Wohnig vom Glöckner chönnä gah luegä. Und z' oberst heimr ä wahnsinns Ussicht über ganz Ávila dörfä gniessä – wunderschön!
    Speter simr no ines kuuls Beizli gah Burger ässä, z' Stedtli mit sinä charmantä Gässli gah erkundä u när zum Alj.
    Am Aabä simr los uf Salamanca u dert ufnä Camping.
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  • Day3

    Moving on to Avila

    September 12 in Spain

    We left Segovia this morning and took a detour to see a 15C castle an hour away in Coca. It was built in 1478 by an archbishop using Arab craftsmen and so much of it is Mudejar style with geometric painting and tiles. It is also unusual in that it was built of brick rather than stone. It was pretty derelict until a few decades ago but has now been partly restored to use as a forestry college. Coca was also a Roman site and had mediaeval walls.
    After lunch we arrived in Avila where the main attraction is the complete circuit of walls built between 1090 and 1099.They are truly spectacular and we plan to walk along then tomorrow. We are staying in a little hotel in a 15C building just inside the walls and can just see the top from our window.
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  • Day4

    Food

    September 13 in Spain

    We have been eating far too much in our first few days, wanting to try the local specialties. Last night's dinner was spectacular. We ate at a restaurant on a terrace just outside the walls lit up by the setting sun.
    We intended to only order a smaller amount - 2 starters and sharing a main course but it didn't work out as we intended. Our starters were a delicious gazpacho soup and some jamon croqetas with some Argentine empanaditas. They brought us 9 croquetas and the 4 empanaditas were the size of small pasties. Both were delicious and they brought us a free appetizer of red pepper hummus too. The main course was the local specialty of chuleton -a T bone steak of veal/young beef. When they brought it, it was so huge that I checked it was a portion for one person. It was fabulous, so tasty and tender and melt in the mouth and they had already cut it off the bone and sliced it for us!. We could not finish it though we had a good try.
    Tonight we may just skip dinner.
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  • Day4

    Avila

    September 13 in Spain

    Avila is worth the visit for its spectacular walls. Built in 1098 straight after the reconquest from the Muslims, to protect the city the walls totally enclose the whole city and are truly unique. We spent most of the morning walking around the top of them, with great views, Including straight into our hotel room! Walking back through the length of the city afterwards we realised that we were walking along one of the branches of the Camino de Santiago, something that I was never going doing to do, and now have done at least a small part of. We then went to see the basilica of san Vicente, which is a really nice, quite plain 12C church in Romanesque style, and then lunch in the sun. After a siesta we went to the cathedral, which must be the ugliest cathedral we've ever seen! The outside is very heavy and crude, mostly in dark grey stone, and with no redeeming features, it more resembles a fortress than a church. Inside it is grotesquely decorated, even for Spain, and is in two styles; a earlier Romanesque stone which is white and red limestone, called bloodstone, that looks like someone has splattered dried blood all over it, and a later gothic style using the dark grey, rather brutal looking stone. Overall not somewhere we would rush back to. Avila in general we did not warm to as much as Segovia, though the food has been good.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia de Ávila, Provincia de Avila, Avila, Abila, Província d'Àvila, Ávila, アビラ

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