haven't been on any major holiday since Aisya was born. For 2003 we
were adamant about going for a prolonged holiday with the kids and we
decided on Spain. These pages before you tries to capture in the few
selected images the places we visited and the sights we saw interspersed
with a short ditty on the place.
It was a definitely a good break for the entire family ... possibly
a little dull for the kids.
29th April Rolde => Leuwenhorst NH
30th April Leuwenhorst => Amsterdam Schiphol
01st May Amsterdam Schiphol => Madrid Barajas Airport
01st May Madrid Barajas Airport => Sartajada: El Roblon
02nd -3rd May Sartajada: El Roblon
04th May Sartajada => Valencia de Alicantara
04th-17th May Valencia de Alicantara: Virgen
de la Cabeza
13th May Trujillo: Parador de Trujillo
14th May Merida:Parador de Merida
15th May Valencia de Alicantara's "San
16th May Alcantara
17th May Marvao, Portugal
18th May Caceras: Parador de Caceras
19th May Caceras => Monfrague
19-24th May Monfrague: Hospederia Parc de la
20th May Plasencia
24th May Las Villafuercas
25th May Monfrague => Guadalupe
25-27th May Guadalupe: Parador de Guadalupe
28th May Guadalupe => Chinchon
28th May Chinchon: Parador de Chinchon
29th May Madrid Barajas => Amsterdam Sciphol => Rolde
original plan was to stick to a maximum of 2-3 major base accomodations
with leisurely day sorties if necessary. El Roblon (3 nights)
was perfect introduction to Spain : gracious host, good food and scenic
countryside and it's less than 2 hours from Madrid on the highway.
Virgen de la Cabeza (12 nights ) was rather secluded with high marks
for tranquility but rather inconvenient due to the lengthy unsurfaced
road and the seclusion! It was our first base, from there we made trips
to Valencia de Alcantara, Caceras, Alacantara, Trujillo, Marvao and
Merida. It was a good spot to get into the holiday mood. Quiet and far
away from the maddening crowd but food was homecook meals by yours truly
on the days that we stayed in. There are so many ways you can "create"
Hospederia Parc de la Monfrague (7 nights) was a pricey alternative
to another reservation which didn't pan out as expected ... but served
great food and was excellent location wise to see the famed vultures
and Parc de Monfrague in general. From here we made sorties to Plasencia
and Las Villafuercas. Alternative arrangement for food nearby was not
many and mostly limited by the odd times Spaniards eat.
Parador de Guadalupe was our last stop. It was probably on par with
El Roblon with regards to charm and ambience, perfect for winding down
before the trip home ... also with excellent menu. We mostly spent time
in the city itself taking in it's usual daily routine, gawking at other
tourists and trying out the many restaurants and their vesrion of paella.
Guadalupe is special for being provincial and touristy (with a dose
of Christian ardour) all at once.
Parador de Chinchon was our last hotel before the flight home. Our two
waitresses served gourmet dinner right in our suite. Too bad we only
managed one night there without actually having any time left to explore
the city before the morning rush the next day to get to Barajas airport.
The evening was quite and the food gorgeous!
Photographs were made using the following gear:
R3, R7 on 35/2.0, 100/2.8 or 180/2.8 and/or a Sony TRV900.