Saturday 13th January turned out fine so we went on a short excursion to a place we hadn't been for 20 years; the drawing collection in a 14-16th century castle in the Serrablo near Sabiñánigo. It was pretty much as cold inside thee stone building as out, and as we were moving slowly to look at the drawings, after the hour it took us to see everything we were chilled through.
We enjoyed the drawings, which ranged from Dali to Beulas to Juan Gris, Penagós and the museum's founder, Julio Gavin.
We also enjoyed the castle itself-a simple two-storied set of rooms surrounding a central patio and two towers, one with the narrowest stone staircase imaginable leading to an exhibition of cartoons, and the other a viewing platform from which you can see the snowy mountains. (although the dirty windows made it impossible to take photos). All-in-all a good trip.
Here's a link for the museum:
Sunday, 14 January 2018
Saturday, 7 October 2017
From Jaca you drive to the village of Puente la Reina on the main N-260 national road. they are building a motorway, but as a national road-it links Jaca with Pamplona-it's a disgrace. Puente la Reina, as the name says has a bridge which crosses the river Aragón, after which you turn right and drive next to the river Subordan, a tributary of the Aragón. Past Javierregay, Embún and round the edge of Hecho. Past Siresa with its spectacular Romanesque church-all that's left of the monastery that once housed 150 monks. Here the road gets narrower, you drive through a quite narrow ravine called Hell's Mouth- la Boca del Infierno and into the area of the Selva de Oza. In the past 20 years Oza has come along! It was an area with two derelict campsites and some empty buildings with spectacular scenery and now the campsites have reopened, freshly painted and refurbished; there's a café-restaurant, a restaurant, an adventure playground with wires running from tree to tree as well as spectacular scenery.
We had a lovely walk along the steep gorge side on a warm autumn morning. Here are a few photos:
On the way back we stopped in Hecho and had a rather expensive but exquisite meal in a restaurant called Cantere. Lovely, very fine food.
Sunday, 3 September 2017
What with one thing and another I haven't put anything on this blog for some time.One thing was the glut of plums. We onlty have one tree but it wasn't pruned at all and produced an awful lot of fruit. We ate some but most of it went into rather sloppy plum jelly. Last year I bought some packets of pectin in France to add to my jams (they don't sell it here) and I don't think I got the hang of it. The jelly tastes nice but pours rather too well!
Then at the beginning of July the choir went to Lasarte to do a concert, after which we went to San Sebastián for a few hours
In Cantabria, the lovely Santillana del Mar, which was so crowded we couldn't even park the first time we tried!
There are some amazing beaches in Cantabria; unfortunately the weather was against us and the sea was rough-this day at Tagle they put up the red flag which also happened at Suances where the wind whipped the sand in a painful way.
The famous caves of Altamira were fully booked and we'd already seen the museum (the actual caves are visitable by about 10 people a week by a lottery for ticket holders) so we tried some called la Cueva de las Monedas. They were also fully booked, so we saw the village nearby called Puente Viesgo