Ascending in Ávila…

O.K., so as I said in my last post, the first part of our excursion was an all-too-brief stay in Ávila…Although we did see some other things, hands down the real main attraction was the city’s muralla (wall)…

Built in the 11th century, the main purpose of this wall was to separate the espacio salvaje (“savage space”–the section where the poor and agrarian workers lived) and the espacio civilizado (the area where the rich lived)…And of course, like all walls, it had defensive purposes as well…

So, without further ado, enjoy pictures I took around and on the muralla!!…

...Because every major tourist attraction needs at least one hotel that bears its name...

…Because every major tourist attraction needs at least one hotel that bears its name…

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…Oh, how I love the mountains…

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…Steep, steep steps…

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…Nick photo-bombing me…

One Day More…

It’s not what you think–I didn’t steal the title of one of the best songs in Les Miserables for the title of this post (and it’s just coincidence that I’ve just come back from seeing it for the 3rd time [2nd time in Spain])…What I’m referring to is my first official excursion with the group that starts tomorrow…

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…As you can see, Marius Pontmercy here approves… Continue reading