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Flavors Of Spain--Elderhostel


These images are selected from digicam photos I took during an Elderhostel tour, "Flavors of Spain", from March 26- April 7, 2001. This tour focused on the food and wine that is typical in Madrid, Castilla y Leon and La Rioja regions. Information about tours run by Elderhostel, Inc. can be found at their website.

Please scroll down and click on any thumbnail (small image) to see a larger version, which will open in a separate window. Because of file-compression and monitor-size requirements, the displayed images are significantly reduced in quality compared to the originals. Although you are free to copy any of them, tour members who require higher-resolution files for printing certain shots should email me at pjrose@frontiernet.net The thumbnails are arrayed in chronological order (left-to-right), and the locations are indicated-often with a guess -in the captions. All photos were made with a Nikon Coolpix 950 digicam. Most of the images were resized to a height of less than 500 pixels; a slight amount of sharpening and adjustment for contrast and brightness was also applied.
All images are © 2001 by P. I. Rose
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Days 1 through 4
(Madrid, Avila, Tordesillas):



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Isobel, our Madrid co-ordinator, starts the 1st day with an orientation talk (Hotel Regina) a bus tour of Madrid takes us to the Parque del Oeste where we gaze at the dramatic twilight sky... ...and the eastern skyline of Madrid... ...with views towards Palacio Real and Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Almudena being seated at our first dinner-- Restaurante Pazo de Monterrey a short walk from our hotel brings us to the Prado Museum

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entering Restaurante La Quinta del Sordo (Madrid) for dinner. Our trip co-ordinator, Gaye Sanchez, is at far left. Restaurante La Quinta del Sordo (Deaf Man's Manor")

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Madrid's sky glows with an incredible hue as we walk back to our hotel inside the Museum of Ham deli ham, ham, ham, ham, ham... Plaza Mayor, Madrid in Plaza Mayor

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street performer, near Plaza Mayor la Escuela de Cocina (Culinary School) tapas a la Escuela a roadside stop as we approach Avila

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the walled city of Avila under a dramatic (and chilly) Castillian sky in San Vicente church at the tomb of the martyrs, San Vicente and his sisters one of the 88 towers along the 9000 ft-long wall surrounding Avila Cathedral of San Salvador

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retablo by Berruguette Look up! digging into those Avila beans at Hosteria de Brocamontes at Parador de Tordesillas: Grandmother soup/

mushroom-shrimp cake with leek sauce/
kiwis over mulberry sauce

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