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  • Day596

    Castillo de Garcimuñoz

    February 12 in Spain

    We needed to make headway down south to where our WWOOF placement is due to begin in 10 days time. We therefore allowed motorways on the sat nav and took a direct route to the aire at Castillo de Garcimuñoz, next to its grey stone brick castle wall. At over 900m above sea level there were still patches of snow on the ground. It was quiet and overlooked a few garages and the terracotta tiled roofs of small outhouses, to rolling hills dotted with low trees, in the middle distance.

    Despite Vicky's prescription working to build up her Vitamin D levels, she was once again too weak to go out. She was however happy for Will to make his way in to the little town and buy a coffee and olives at a local bar. The castle looked interesting but was closed for renovation so we weren't able to explore inside. As darkness fell we heard a strange wailing outside. A flock of sheep that were close but hidden from us were bleating. We looked once the morning came but still couldn't see them. As well as being almost barren of vegetation, much of the countryside in this area has been devoid of farm animals as far as we've been able to see.
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  • Day2

    Cuenca, Spain

    October 1, 2017 in Spain

    Just about a 100 kms from Madrid is the lovely medieval town of Cuenca. Beautiful location perched high up on the stone cliffs with some beautiful old hanging houses and churches and stone architecture buildings with terracotta tiled red roof houses, make it an ideallic location for a day outing.

  • Day2

    The eyes of truth and Devil's Window

    October 1, 2017 in Spain

    Some amazing fall colors in this region make for a very stunning drive. The eyes in the hill near Cuenca is a unique natural erosion converted to a piece of art. On the way to Albarracín we stopped at the Devil's window. Also saw some very stunning villages on the way.

  • Day63

    Day 63: Cuenca

    April 19, 2017 in Spain

    Moving fairly quickly now as there's a bunch more World Heritage sites and places we want to get to in Spain before heading for the UK in early May. So with that in mind, we left Aranjuez in the morning and drove the hour or so eastwards to Cuenca, where another site awaited us!

    Cuenca is an old Moorish fortress built on a rocky outcrop, surrounded by gorges on three sides. Gradually over the years a town built up around it, but due to the terrain and lack of space it became a very vertical town, with houses even built out over the cliffs! These days most of the town is lower down the hill on a flat plain, but the old section is world heritage listed.

    We arrived at the base of the gorge and found a park, then commenced the long walk uphill. We were underneath a large iron bridge which had some great views spanning the gorge and up to the town, so we walked up to that and then across and back, stopping a couple of times to do filming.

    Into the town proper where we checked out the main sites - a cathedral, some chapels and the old fortress, though very little actually remains of the old fortress. It was mostly destroyed during the Napoleonic wars sadly, and the reconstruction these days was a prison during the Spanish Civil War and is now government offices I think. Likewise the cathedral, although one of the oldest Gothic style cathedrals in Spain, the belltower completely collapsed in 1902 and destroyed the facade with it. The facade was rebuilt, but we decided against going inside (it was a bit pricey and of course, dogs not permitted).

    Had a good look from various viewpoints as well, since the sheer cliffs on three sides meant great views of the surrounding areas. Finished filming what we needed to, grabbed a lunch of local soup from a restaurant before heading to our accommodation - a ranch style hotel about 10 minutes drive from town. Room was newly refurbished and quite nice, though the walls were very thin and a noisy young family were next door. I turned the TV up super loud to block them out, and they soon went out for dinner anyway. We had dinner in, an extravagant feast of baguette, cheese, jamon iberico and Milka.
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  • Day74

    Cuenca

    January 25 in Spain

    Cuenca is an old fortress town in the middle of Spain, an hour on the train, east from Madrid. It is perched on top of narrow gorges carved by the Huecar and Jucar rivers, and known for its medieval buildings that cling onto the edge of the cliff, modified in the 1920s to include balconies that hang off the edge of the cliff. These used to line the cliff edge, but there are only 3 such houses left, and looking at them, I shudder to think of what happened to the others. These balconies really hang over a drop of over 300m, supported by nothing. Not even ineffectual toothpicks pretending to give some structural support.

    Just about 25km from Cuenca is the Enchanted Forest. It is not a vegetative green forest of trees, but one of stones, rocks and monoliths carved through limestone by nature. The resultant formations resemble chatting faces, dog's head, ships, whale's tail, and even a city with high rise buildings and streets. All very amazing, amusing and, enchanting. Not driving, we needed to hire a guide. We found Alberto of Ecotourismo Cuenca for only €100 for a 4 hour tour. The tour included the Devil's Window, a lookout where he sets up a telescope for us to watch vultures nesting. He locates their nests by the white steaks their poos leave on the cliffs. It was really fascinating watching the nurturing side of these much maligned birds. Alberto also pointed out the effects of global warming to the ecosystem. For example, there is a population explosion of caterpillars that feed on pine leaves. The cold snowy winters curb their destruction of the native pine forests. However, without the extended days of cold, these caterpillars continue their life cycle throughout the winter months, and the poor pine trees have no time to recover. Indeed, as we were walking around the Enchanted Forest, we saw caterpillars, huge nests of larvae, and the butterflies.

    There are many trails and treks that surround Cuenca town, around and along the rivers. We just explored and did little treks as none of the trails are very well marked, although attempts have been made at the town end to mark the direction of each trail. Once on the trail, the markers disappear, and one just follows whatever looks like a trail. It either leads somewhere, or to the cliff edge, which always presents great views. Being such a beautiful place, and with nowhere in particular to go, and no time restrictions, except "before it gets dark", we had a great time just walking. We must be starting to get travel weary as we also managed to watch a couple of episodes of House that Kai streamed onto the TV via a HDMI cable that we packed from Perth.
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  • Day30

    Heute morgen sind wir nach dem aufstehen zum Strand gelaufen weil da unsere Jetskis warteten.
    Wir haben uns angemeldet für den Jetski.
    Wir mussten 30 Minuten warten und waren in der Zeit noch was trinken.
    Dann sind wir runter gegangen und uns wurde alles erklärt, wir haben die westen anbekommen und ich gab dem Rettungsschwimmer mein Handy für Bilder.
    Mir wurde das Jetski festgehalten, also bin ich rauf und los ging’s.
    War am Anfang echt kritisch und hatte Angst.
    Wenn die Wellen von der Seite kamen, dachte ich, dass das Jetski umfällt aber nach einiger Zeit überwand ich meine Angst und hatte auch Spaß.
    Nach 15 Minuten sind mama und ich zurück gefahren und abgestiegen.
    Dann waren wir noch am Strand und danach sind wir zum Wohnmobil gegangen und waren oben noch was essen und trinken.
    Am Abend saßen wir draußen und haben so weiter nichts gemacht.. :)
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  • Day31

    Heute sind wir auf Monte Gordo Richtung irgendwo gefahren und haben uns zwischen durch paar mal verfahren.
    Wir sind durch Andalusien gefahren und es war einfach Mega schön.
    Eigentlich wollten wir gar nicht so lange fahren aber dann war es doch so.
    Jetzt sind wir mitten in den Bergen irgendwo gelandet und übernachten auf einem Campingplatz.
    Ich habe noch ein paar Bilder gemacht, wo riesen Spinnen waren, bah!Read more

  • Day25

    Armação de Pêra

    July 23 in Spain

    Heute waren in in Armação de Pêra und waren am Strand.

    Am Tag waren wir ein bisschen Baden und danach sind wir in eine Strandbar gegangen und haben dort was getrunken.
    Am Nachmittag sind wir in die Innenstadt gelaufen und waren was essen.
    Beim Essen wurden wir von Musikern unterhalten und am Abend wurde noch so ein Rummel aufgebaut wo wir dann spät abends auch noch rüber gegangen sind und wo ich noch Churros gegessen habe und Mama erfolglos versuchte, Stofftiere zu angeln. 🤔Read more

  • Day26

    Albufeira

    July 24 in Spain

    Am Mittag sind wir in Albufeira auf einem schönen Stellplatz angekommen.
    Wir suchten uns einen schönen Platz und stellten draußen alles auf und machten und später fertig weil wir noch in die Stadt gefahren sind.
    Wir warteten auf den Bus aber dann sprach so eine Frau uns an und fragte ob wir in ihrem Taxi für 8€ mitfahren wollen.
    Wir sagten „ja“ und nach 15 Minuten sind wir in angekommen.
    Vorne erwartete uns ein kleiner Markt wo es Haiköpfe gab und sowas alles, Mama machte da direkt für 1€ ein Foto.
    Dann sind wir weiter gegangen und haben auf dem Weg am Strand noch ein paar Bilder gemacht.
    Mittel in der Stadt waren alles junge Leute und wir saßen dann später in einem Restaurant.
    Danach sind wir weiter gegangen.
    Überall waren so Minimärkte mit Taschen etc.
    Wir fanden dann eine Bar mit Livemusik wo wir dann auch noch für einige Zeit waren und dann später haben wir uns ein Taxi zurück genommen.
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  • Day35

    Cuenca

    April 4 in Spain

    Mercredi, 4 avril 2018
    Après une nuit bien froide, nous quittons Madrid pour aller dans la province de Castilla-La Mancha, un haut-plateau. Nous franchissons un col de 1170m pour rejoindre la cité historique de Cuenca, classée UNESCO, qui est située sur un éperon rocheux. Les maisons sont accrochées comme des nids d'hirondelles à la falaise. Nous traversons un pont peu engageant pour atteindre le centre. Il y a de nombreuses églises et couvents dans cette ville médiévale. Nous allons visiter la cathédrale, somptueuse, de toute beauté. Il y a plusieurs "autels de procession" exposés, qui ont servis pendant la semaine sainte, dont le plus grand (la sainte cène) se fait porter par 66 confrères. Nous montons jusqu'aux ruines du château, dont on jouit d'une belle vue sur les ravins qui enserrent Cuenca. Un joli resto, un brin moderne, nous a tapé dans l'oeil en passant, le Aljibe. Pas de regrets, c'est très soigné, presqu'un "gastro", nous nous y sommes régalés. Le camping de Cuenca se trouve à 10km du centre, au bout du monde. Nous nous emitoufflons en prévision d'une autre nuit très froide.Read more

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Provincia de Cuenca, Cuenca, Província de Conca, クエンカ

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