Let's start the journey looking at the hotel where I spent my week:
My hotel room
French doors that lead to a balcony
The view from the balcony
One of the sitting rooms in the lobby
The front of the hotel
The town we stayed in - La Alberca was established in the 13th century. Here's a look at the town. Oh - before we go there you need to know there is a pig that roams the streets of the town. Legend has it that to see the pig might bring a little bit of luck your way - to pet the pig is guaranteed to bring luck your way and if you are infertile and would like to have a baby - if you pet the pigs "private parts" a pregnancy will be granted unto you! (I did not handle the private parts!)
A view of the roof tops
I have come to find out that every town has a Plaza Mayor -
it is the heartbeat of the village.
Look closely - you will see skulls behind the screens
These were found in the basement of the church
They were put on display here, along with candles
To remind people to Pray for the Poor Souls in Purgatory!
The tribute to the town pig - these people
love there "hamon"
I saw the pig
I chased the pig
I petting the pig
Lady luck is now riding on my shoulders!
I kept seeing people walking around town
with a loaf of French Bread - upon
further investigation I found the bakery
and the baker!
A walk through the market show cases many of the local "finds"
This is a fish called Sea Star
This is Tuna Loins in a jar!
This is how legumes are sold through out the country
One day we went to a Bordello (which I think means wine cellar)
for wine and hamon. Hamon is similar to prosciutto and this
region of Spain is famous for having the best in the country.
There was a "hamon carver" at the bordello showing us
how the hamon is carved and then plated. He was
one of the best in his craft in the country.
If you look carefully you can see the "hamon"
in the silver sling awaiting its carving.
A toast from our hosts from Diverbo
A piece of edible "hamon art"
Letting any of us who wanted to try out our
hands at carving.
and last but not least the wine I fell in love with
while in Spain. Of course it's not
available in the US - guess it's back to beer!