Size matters . . .


But big isn’t better when it comes to a modern car you have to drive through an historic village.

Especially when you find yourself in a hill top plaza with only one, very narrow exit:


The town is Arcos de la Frontera, we followed signs to the information centre which took us to the hill top plaza and lookout.

On subsequent visits we used the car park at the bottom of the hill and walked up.

On the road again


We left Vejer de la Frontera yesterday (Friday) and stayed last night in a 14th century fortress (more on that later) in Caroma, near Seville.

The fast train took us from Seville at 8.45 this morning and we arrived in Montpellier in southern France just after 9 tonight.

Posting from now on will be somewhat haphazard, depending on time and internet access. In Spain free or low cost WiFi was widely available providing, as Inquiring Mind commented, a much better service than we get in much of New Zealand.

It’s  5 euro for one hour or 11 euro for 24 hours unlimited access at the Holiday Inn in Montpellier.

Spare ribs


Spare ribs on  New Zealand menu means a large, long rack of bones.

At La Brasa de Sancho in Vejer de Frontera, there’s less bone and more meat – and the meat is tender, tasty with the subtle flavour of the wood smoke from the fire over which it’s cooked.


They’re not eating our bread here


If I had to eat the same thing for lunch and dinner every day I’d complain but I’m quite happy to stick with the same breakfast for months on end.

Toast with cottage cheese and kiwi fruit in winter and topped with vegemite, cottage cheese and tomato in summer.

My bread of choice for the toast is either Vogels’ sunflower and barley or Burgen soy & linseed.

There is a lot to like about much of the food we’re eating in Spain, but we haven’t been able to find any bread which comes near Vogels or Burgen.

Still, early morning temperatures in the 20s and breakfasting on a roof top terrace with almost 360 degree views is pretty good compensation for that.


bread 2

bread 3

The bright green paddocks are growing rice.

July 19 in history


On July 19:

1553 Mary 1 takes the English throne from Lady Jane Grey.

1834 French painter Edgar Degas was born.

Self-portrait (Degas au porte-fusain), 1855

1848 The first Women’s Rights Convention opened at Seneca Falls, launching the women’s suffrage movement in the USA.

1982 the Privy Council granted New Zealand citizenship to Samoans born after 1924.

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