Living in Spain, vol. 3 – Martin Lang
Here we are again, after Beceite’s natural pools we are continuing with our series of small kid-friendly trips without any kids to take. You know, sometimes I feel like we should do something more adventurous, but boy is this comfortable 😀
I often find myself thinking that we do indeed take very children-friendly trips, yet there are no children to speak of at this point and I feel like we should do a road trip across India instead, while there is still time. But whenever I see these picturesque Spanish towns … I just want to stay here. The best way to describe the scenery to you would be the following.
Traditional Spanish architecture beautifully compliments surrounding environment, narrow streets dotted with small bakeries, delicacies, and wine shops emphasize the laid-back atmosphere of the Spanish countryside, and small coffee shops, ever so inviting, are waiting for you on every corner, next to a beautiful rustic church or a monastery covered in grape vines
That was a pretty neat thing I wrote above, wasn’t it :D? Anyway, let’s get real. Towards the end of June, we decided to visit two lovely medieval towns on the border of our favourite Aragon region. Peñarroya de Tastavins was our first stop. This small town situated in a beautiful natural environment is mostly notable by its museum of ethnology, which we did not notice at first and only after about 30 minutes of walking did we realize we were walking inside museum area the whole time.
This outdoor museum features various forms of human dwellings and so one can see where and how people lived in this region throughout history. For me, the town itself was so medieval that I could not really tell if the houses I am looking at are part of the museum or whether there is somebody inside watching TV – the museum is free of charge, you see, and has no notable sign ssuch as “MUSEUM ENTRANCE”, so it took me a while to realize I was already walking inside.
From this little lovely place, we moved further south to even more medieval-looking town called Morella. Morellaistrulya historic town and I am being told that it is quite well-know for its medieval markets and festivals. Therefore, the town itself was rather crowded, fortunately, as it turns out, this Spanish tourist hot spot is crowded only during lunch time when everybody simultaneously decides they want to eat.
While Spain’s entire population was having lunch, we decided to explore small empty streets. We visited couple of wine and cheese shops and tried several local pastries as well. After lunchtime was over,Spain usually rests. While people here call it very gently a “siesta”, what it really appears to be is a hard-core 4-hour power-nap and after traditional 3-course Spanish lunch, complemented by heavy red wines, cheese plates, and deserts, I am not surprised one bit that people pass out. While Spain was unconscious, it was our turn to have lunch – alas, only thing left was mozzarella cheese with tomatoes, wine, and bread – still a very delicious choice I must say!
Apart from medieval streets and great food, Morellaalso offers its visitors an impressive fortress, church and several galleries and museums, so there is a lot to seein one day. Since both towns have left a lasting impression on me and I can’t go into every detail of the trip, now we would like to share this video with you, so you can see them for yourselves.
Enjoy guys and we will see you on our next blog entry!