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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 indicatedđoften with a guess đin 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 ę 2001 by P. I. Rose.

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Days 1 ----> 13



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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 Seľora de la Almudena being seated at our first dinnerđ 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 Hosteri a de Brocamontes at Parador de Tordesillas: Grandmother soup/

Mushroom-shrimp cake with leek sauce/

Kiwis over mulberry sauce


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a bodega visit in the Ribera del Duero region in the tasting room Peľafiel Plaza del Coso--used as the town's bull ring. In distance looms the castle A closer view of the castle from below. Inside is a marvelous Wine Museum.

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atop the Peľafiel castle walls A view from Peľafiel castle. This 180 degree panorama was made from 6 separate photos. Remember to scroll the picture... lunch at Asador Mauro 2 the restaurant's Master Roaster checks to see if our roast suckling pig is ready enjoying our wait for the main dish to arrive Cocinillo asado is ready to be served!

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contemplating the meal cooking demo at the Tordesillas Parador: First, take one 8-9 lb. free-range rooster... Carmen tells how to catch a rooster... ...be careful! Inspector Hayward, taste-testing

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our dessert that evening: Parador's toasted egg-yolk pie (Milhojas rellenas de manzana reineta y nata) in front of Parador de Tordesillas: our bus awaits walking through town of Toro, toward the Collegiate Church Toro: the "Portico de la Gloria" doorway of the Collegiate Church in Toro: the "Portico de la Gloria" doorway midday chat

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the ubiquitous "Black-Butt" storks at their nest Zamora market something for everyone Wings Over Zamora at the cheese factory: Inspector Hayward the creator of award-winning "Queso de Oveja de Zamora"

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queso oveja--just resting justified pride in his artisanal tradition Storks atop church in Valladolid. I see at least 5 of them here! Vallodolid roasting lamb in the oven of La Solana Restaurant (Valladolid)

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La Solana Restaurant (Valladolid) at La Solana Tordesillas: Convent of Santa Clara and home of Queen Joan ("Juana la Loca") Santa Clara Convent--gilded chapel

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Burgos, crossing the River Arlazon Burgos, catedral Santa Maria gateway (Burgos) el Cid statue (Burgos) in Haro, late afternoon walking tour Bodega Bilbainas, Haro

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march of the wine bottles into the caves of Bodega Bilbainas in the caves wine tasting, of course

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an evening wine-tasting session at our Hotel (Los Augustinos) Monasterio de Yuso inside the Monastery

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a quiet coffee-break in Santo Domingo de la Calzada this little pilgrim decorates our lunch plates at Escuela Hosteleria in Santo Domingo de la Calzada an artistic dessert at Escuela Hosteleria seashell symbols mark the Way of St. James at an ancient gate in Logroľo

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Alberto Hagemann tells about the passage of pilgrims through this gate strolling the narrow streets in La Guardia panoramic view from La Guardia--so I got to use my tripod again! the huge oak barrels of Remelluri Winery

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a very nice Remelluri Rioja Reserva ('97) served with lunch at the winery awaiting the main course: tasty and tender lambchops (Chuletitas de Cordero) ...and pears with wine sauce and oranges (peras al vino) for dessert a pensive Alberto Remelluri vineyards view from the winery

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in Haro, the view from our hotel window Forney Miller spotted a great location for taking a group photo. And so we did. Everyone seems to be here, but who is that little fellow down there-- between Gaye and Elaine? Paella served at the Palace Restaurant in Soria "Noche de tapas" (Elderhostlers enjoying tapas in Plaza Mayor, Madrid) in Madrid, there's a great place to get wonderful hot chocolate and churros

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in Plaza Mayor heading off to our farewell dinner... ...just as evening begins to envelop Madrid we reach our destination, Restaurante Sixto

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(L-to-R) June, Nina, Jane, Forney, Ron, Katy, Linda, Will Rawley, Bettie, John, Sue, Duane, Lois, Tam, Elaine Isobel, Adley, Corinne, Gaye, Missy, Donna, Paul, Ed, Ellen Judy, Phil, Audrey, Hayward, Martha, Ann co-ordinator Gaye Sanchez--still relaxed and cheerful after 2 weeks with our group

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Suddenly..."Tuna"! Marvelous music of Spain Gaye Sanchez--providing spirited accompaniment on castanets

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sparkling wine with dessert --a fitting end for this two-week adventure in Spanish food and wine. Hasta luego, mis amigos.


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