March 1994 SPAIN
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March 15 1994 saw us arrive once again in Amsterdam. After new brakes at Kost VW, we drove through Belgium to Charleville-Meziers, where we stayed the first night in a Formula 1 "motel".
Traveling south, we stopped the next night at a motorway aire south of Clermont Ferrand. The next day we entered Spain and went right around Barcelona to Valencia, where we attended the Fallas Festival. Quote: "The basis of the fiesta, as is well-known, is the "Fallas" monuments. In a display of art, though also of irony and humour, they are exhibited in the streets during Fallas week, between the 15th and 19th of March. On the last day, at midnight, they are set on fire and burn in immense, spectacularly beautiful pyres."
Leaving Valencia after a few days, we travel the coast south to Alicante - a boring, Miami-like 2 dimensional world. From there we stay away from the coast & travel to Granada, staying a few days at the Sierra Nevada camping, walking the city areas - Cathedral,El Bassin,Sacre Monte (gypsy troglodyte structures) & of course the Alhambra. We bought some marquetry trays & sombreros.
Next we drive up to the El Chorro Gorge, visiting the ruins of the Bobostro church, before taking a one-lane gravel road "short cut" between Ardales & El Burgo. here we see abandoned townsites & pick up a local farmer who was hitching a ride.
Then we tour Ronda & attempt to see the caves of Pileta - but the farmer who could let you in was nowhere to be found, so we freecamped & looked at the goats!
Heading west, we see part of a show of the famous horses of Jerez de Frontera, then loop up to Sevilla, where Frank tries Sherry & Rinones de Jerez (& is quite sick for several days :-).
Cordoba is next with a tour of the mosque/church, before heading to Toledo - a delightful city, where we purchased some damascene objects.
Passing through Madrid, we drive back to Barcelona, where we stay a few days, camping at El Masnou overlooking the mediterranean - an easy train/subway directly into the centre. We tour several Gaudi sites, visit a Picasso museum, dine on tapas, walk the Ramblas & the old town.
Heading North, we stop in Figueres to visit the Dali Museum (barely got in!) then head back into France, staying one night at terraced camping overlooking the Med that was so windy we couldn't raise the roof of the camper. We drive up to a tower we espy from the highway.
We dropped into Perpignan, visiting the historical market hall.
next, back to Avignon, where we did a tour of places mentioned in Durrell's Avignon Quintet, including a walk out to Montfavet.
On the return up the Rhone, we popped into Jaboulet for some Cote Rotie & visited the Palais Ideal.
Before returning the camper to storage in Amsterdam we stayed a couple of days in (a very cold) Brussels, where Taylor visited the Horta Museum. Picked up a lambic pitcher at a la Becasse.