Tag Archives: Spanish Towns

Salamanca – Food First!

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I spent last weekend in Salamanca, a town with more history than you can shake a stick at. There will be photos of stunning buildings etc. in due course, but – and this will surprise no one(!) – I’m putting the food pics up first:

Let’s start with a round of pinchos, which is essentially the same as tapas.

The one in the middle is called "jeta". It's a colloquial word for face, as in "mug". As for the dish, it's pork snout :)

The one in the middle is called “jeta”. It’s a colloquial word for face (as in “mug”). As for the dis itself, it’s pork snout, oink! 🙂

But what Salamanca is most famous for in the food stakes is this:

Ham

Jamón!!!

And here's the nice man cutting it for us :)

And here’s the nice man cutting some for us 🙂 Pricey stuff, but so worth it…

Empanada

More ham

This burger was divine...

This burger was divine…

Nice wine display :)

Nice wine display 🙂

Who'd turn down such an evocative invite for afternoon coffee?

Who’d turn down such an evocative invite for afternoon coffee?

Not me!

Not me!

"Chochos Tipicos de Salamanca"  "Chocho" has two meanings: sweets/candy and... erm... fanny (beaver, if you're American).

Chochos Tipicos de Salamanca
“Chocho” has two meanings: sweets/candy and… erm… fanny (beaver, if you’re American).

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Castellar De La Frontera – Pretty Doors, Pretty Views

This is the penultimate picture post from my Andalucía trip a month ago. Perched high up on a hilltop in Cádiz Province, you’ll find the whitewashed village of Castellar De La Frontera. The drive up the narrow road with its hairpin curves was a bit nerve wracking, to say the least, but it was definitely worth it for all the charming quaintness awaiting us.

The doors quite took my fancy. Maria's sister was kind enough to pose for this shot :)

The doors quite took my fancy. Maria’s sister was kind enough to pose for this shot 🙂

Blue Door

 

Door with Flowers

Green Door

A man and his eagle

A man and his eagle

A very tired pair of donkeys

A very tired pair of donkeys

Rooftop viewLemon Tree HouseHippies

Just Passing By Ávila…

My friend Noelia and I have just spent a lovely weekend in Salamanca, visiting friends, who not only showed us their splendid town, also fed us very well 🙂

The drive from Toledo to Salamanca is exceptionally scenic, and while I sort through my zillions of photos, I’ll leave you with a couple of shots I took, in passing, of the ancient city of Ávila, which has existed since at least the 5th century BC. It is famous, amongst other things, for its medieval town walls.

Those walls aren't easy to overlook!

Those walls aren’t easy to overlook!

Avila wall

Reservoir lake just south of Ávila. The landscape is green and covered in granite builders of all sizes

Reservoir lake just south of Ávila. The landscape is green and covered in granite builders of all sizes

I’ve been to Ávila once before, and it is certainly worth a visit, but you’ve got to come prepared… it’s just about the coldest place on Earth. My ears nearly froze off.

Caught In The Act…!

On our Andalusia trip three weeks ago, rather than snapping away at the region’s dramatic landscapes, outstanding culinary delights and splendid beaches, Maria decided to turn her camera on me instead.

I was totally oblivious to her surreptitious mission to capture my hunchback poses and contorted grimacing until it was all over.

Here is what she sent me:

Seducing a dessert

Cornering a defenceless dessert in a tapas restaurant. If only I could muster that degree of concentration while I was doing the work I’m actually paid to do …

These were taken in sunny Cádiz:

The seagull proved even trickier. My own pics didn't turn out...

The seagull played hard to get. Every time I’d lock it into focus, the blasted bird would hop an inch further away from me. I’m guessing the Medusa hair didn’t help…

Blue flowers

Flowers can’t escape. But don’t these damn things shake, rattle and roll in a stiff seaside breeze!

Cádiz cathedral

At least a cathedral can be trusted to remain steadfast.

Cadiz sea

There’s nothing like getting your lens splashed with murky salt water…

Tree

Those trees are amazing.

A pic from Algeciras beach, with Paula (Maria’s sister) and her happy, bouncy, delightful dogs:

Homing in on Gibraltar

Am too busy for jollities. I’m homing in on Gibraltar…

And here we are, on Gibraltar:

Gibraltar Harbour

Gibraltar, Lighthouse

No wonder the monkeys dashed off in a wild panic earlier on, I must have given them the same scary look…!

The last two pics originate from the little mountain top village of Castellar:

Castellar Lane

Cute village lane

Castellar, Orange tree

I do love a handsome orange tree 🙂

So, has anyone played candid camera on you recently? And are you still talking to them…?

Beach Tower And Half Of Gibraltar

Taken a couple of weeks ago on Algeciras beach (Andalucía).

This is a place holder, you understand, as I’m still doctoring my Gibraltar post 🙂

You can make out part of "The Rock" on the left

You can make out part of “The Rock” on the right

And for an extra splash of colour, a shot taken from a café on Algeciras seafront.

And for an extra splash of colour, a shot taken from a café on Algeciras seafront.

Eat ’em raw, swallow ’em whole!

Andalucía – and Cádiz in particular – has the most fabulous array of seafood. On our way down there last weekend, Maria was waxing lyrical about “camarones”, tiny shrimp sold in cups or cones, eaten on the go, just as they come. And, as you can see, she found some:

The little blighters didn't stand a chance...

The little blighters didn’t stand a chance…

Camarones

Fresh sea urchins, anyone?

Fresh sea urchins, anyone?

...and you eat them raw, although, unlike the camarones, without the shell, I suppose ;-)

… you do eat them raw, although, unlike the camarones, without the shell, I suppose 😉

 

Some cod's roe

Some cod’s roe…

...and made into a nice salad. Tasty and nutritious! The shrimp frittatas in the background were divine :)

…made into a colourful salad. Tasty and nutritious!
The shrimp frittatas in the background were divine 🙂

And, to finish off on a complete non sequitur,  some puzzling… uhm… street art:

Make of it what you will...

Make of it what you will…

Silvery Seas, Stormy Horizons

I do love a nice moody shot of the sea, and I managed to take these on Saturday during our excursion to Cádiz.

The day had been beautiful and sunny, and just as we were about to leave, rain clouds were starting to move in. You can them in the background:

Cádiz sea & beach

The sea was like a sheet of silver...

The sea was like a sheet of silver…

There will be more on the beautiful seaside city of Cádiz over the next few days 🙂