Chilling out in Castellar de la Frontera
15.10.2011 - 15.10.2011 26 °C
I now have time to put some thoughts down on the Spain we have discovered so far. The idea of this trip was to celebrate our 25th anniversary, to get Ladybird to Mallorca and to see what we thought about Galicia as our future home. We have found that we love Galicia and the people there. The countryside is stunning! The people are simple (in the nicest sense) and so willing to offer help and frienship to complete strangers. They don't care where you come from, good manners and a smile is all they need to get you welcomed.
You really can lead the 'good life' here. Everything grows well and you can litterally forage for anything not growing in your garden - chestnuts, walnuts, grapes, apples, cherries all grow at the side of the road and everywhere are locals picking them up for the table, to preserve or to sell on. Everyone has their own chickens, many keep a pig or two, goat and cow are abundant and boar, deer, trout and salmon are there for the catching. No-one goes hungry in Galicia!
We took the bikes out for a spin after our mannipedi (Mandy) and massage (Roy) up to the castle and the views were stunning. The climb to get there was not but carrying 5 stone too many and smoking is really not condusive to exercise. A fab late lunch at the Jardinerilla (sp?) on the way down restored frayed nerves from negotiating hairpin bends on narrow roads and now LB &C are relaxing in the shade waiting to have all the bug splats removed from their headlights while Mandy and Roy enjoy a drink on the terrace.