Holiday photos (Spain, 2015)
by Elias Blum
Day 1. Flew to Madrid. There I got a taxi straight to the hotel where I was going to meet my wife. She’d been away for three weeks beforehand visiting her mother in France (she’s a teacher, so she gets longer summer holidays than I do). There are no photos from the first day: after three weeks of separation, all of our exploring and recreation took place solely within the confines of the hotel bedroom, and I’m sure you don’t want to see photographic evidence of that! 😉
Day 2. Breakfast in the sunshine. Enjoying good strong coffee and fresh orange juice. Route planning: You know you’ve reached an important milestone in life when, instead of reaching for the Lonely Planet, you pick up a Michelin Guide. Today Madrid to Segovia.
Alcazar at Segovia:
The main square of Segovia:Day 3: From Segovia to Avila – the town that St Theresa came from. The town was having a 500-year anniversary of St Theresa, so it was all a bit commercialised with religio-tat. We had a few thoughts along the lines of throwing money-changers out of the temple. We ate very well at a little restaurant in a small courtyard in the middle of the old town.
Avila. The city felt a bit squashed and airless inside its walls. The best sights were looking out over the walls to the suburbs and countryside beyond:
One of the gates of Avila, from the outside looking in:
More of the outside of the walls of Avila. Because it was quite crowded inside the city, we went for a walk around the outside. Even there it was busy, but there was a bit more space: