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  • Day10

    Day 10- Back to Andalucia

    August 22 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    Having circumnavigated Spain in the past year, it is great to be back in Andalucía, where we landed in 2015 after six years in Scotland. We write this from Úbeda, a white village north of Granada, where we have decided to spend two days. Sadly, we decided to pass on Cuenca for now just to slow down the pace a bit. We definitely want to visit Cuenca at some point in the future!

    Today was a travel day, the 3+ hour drive south from Cercedilla taking up a good portion of the day. On the way out of town this morning we stopped at an antique fair. Thankfully we were pressed for time or we would have rolled out of there like the Clampitts on their way to Beverley Hills!

    Arriving Úbeda on a Sunday afternoon, we had planned ahead (making a reservation 2 days in advance), and had a late lunch at Antique Restaurante, the top restaurant in town (making up for yesterday’s failure!) It was an A++ all around!

    Recent archaeological findings indicate a pre-Roman settlement in Úbeda. We have an apartment in the town center with a classic interior courtyard.

    After a brief hiccup with a lost apartment key, we settled in and enjoyed a late vermouth on a picturesque plaza around the corner from our rental. We are looking forward to exploring Úbeda and possibly nearby Baeza tomorrow!
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  • Day11

    Day 11- Úbeda

    August 23 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    After 11 days of travel we needed to pause and do some laundry, planning, and office work this morning. It was also 95 degrees in the shade, so we didn’t venture out to nearby towns.

    One thing that has caught our attention here are the beautiful stone mosaic “carpets” everywhere. We are calling them carpets for want of a better word.

    After a wander to the top architectural sites, we had lunch at a shady gastrobar! We have a 4 hour drive to Gaucin tomorrow (Sarah is dropping Brie off in Tessorillo) so tonight will be an early one.
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  • Day23

    Day 23: Sierra Nevada & Baeza

    March 10, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Northwards! Our French host couple put on an enormous breakfast for us, absolutely ridiculous in size. Olive & bacon bread, French crepes, croissants, toast, bread rolls, fruit salad, orange juice, tea & coffee, four different types of jam - and all of it home-made by our host! Crazy. I especially loved the French crepes, the way they're so light and crispy but still feel solid - very difficult to get right.

    After our huge breakfast was a long drive today. Our final destination was the small town of Ubeda, up near the northern border of Andalusia, but we had a couple of stops to make along the way.

    Firstly we drove for a couple of hours towards Grenada, where we'd visited Alhambra earlier in the week. We'd seen the snow-capped mountains and known that you could drive up there, so we thought since we were going basically straight past, we might as well drive up and have a look. So we did! There was a large-ish ski town probably twice the size of Thredbo, plenty of snow on the slopes but thankfully none in the town or on the roads. It was sunny and reasonably warm, though cold in the shade.

    There was actually a world championships of something or other happening so it was busier than usual, but I guess it's still the end of the ski season as well and plenty of people were coming down the runs. Walked Schnitzel onto the snow to see what he thought, and he actually didn't mind it surprisingly! He was pretty confused I guess, but he didn't run away or whimper or anything which is nice! Had a coffee in the sun and a brief look around before deciding we'd seen enough and heading back down.

    We bypassed Grenada and kept driving northwards to the tiny hamlet of Baeza, just near our final destination for the day. The reason we're heading this way is that both Baeza and Ubeda are UNESCO World Heritage listed for their excellent examples of Spanish renaissance architecture.

    Baeza turned out to be a very sleepy little village, with mazy stone streets and old buildings. We parked up and wandered around for a few hours admiring things. At times it felt like we were the only ones there, and there were really some areas with little evidence of the modern world. Great to get lost in, and very few tourists about.

    Eventually we headed onwards to Ubeda and our home for the next two nights. Had some difficulty finding the accommodation since it's in the old part of town where the streets are extremely narrow. At one point Google told me to turn left around a corner I was never going to make as it was too tight, then later when I declined to "turn right" down a pedestrian plaza we ended up stuck in a maze of one-way streets. Finally managed to find it the old-fashioned way!

    Seems like a nice town here as well, though quite a bit larger and more tourists around. We had a quick look around in the evening but not too much. Ate at a very delicious restaurant a street over from our apartment - tried salmorejo for the first time which is a cold soup of tomato and potato, topped with jamon and cheese. Similar to gazpacho but definitely not the same thing! Quite tasty.
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    Joel Baldwin

    Ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada

    Joel Baldwin

    Thongs on the snow

    Joel Baldwin

    Church in Baeza

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Úbeda, Ubeda, أبدة, Убеда, اوبدا, ウベダ, უბედა, 우베다, 23400, 乌韦达