Anyway, before we head out for dinner and tinto, we figured we would post some pictures from a day trip we took several weekends ago to Arcos de la Frontera. Arcos is a quick drive from Puerto and is a typical "pueblo blanco." It normally takes about 45 minutes to get there, but we made an impromptu stop which we will blog about luego. So, after our Garmin-navigated country drive, we arrived in Arcos.
|We parked the car and walked up the street lined with orange trees|
towards the center of the old town.
|pueblo blanco = white town|
Thank you beginner Spanish.
We mean "gracias."
|The white walls.|
|How the walls stay blanco.|
|Meghann used her best Spanish to ask a woman to take our picture.|
Turns out she was a German tourist, but was still willing to oblige.
|Graham checking out the countryside abajo.|
|The view from the top of the pueblo.|
|Arcos is home to the Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Asuncion,|
a gothic church built between the 16th and 18th centuries.
|The bell tower of the Iglesia de Santa Maria.|
|The bell tower overlooks the Plaza de Espana, which is the town square.|
|Orange trees also surround the town square.|
No one seems to pick the oranges. Graham swears it's because of some
archaic Spanish law prohibiting picking the king's fruit. Meghann has heard
it's because they taste like crap.
|Instead of chancing eating forbidden fruit|
(or disgusting fruit, depending on who you believe),
we decided a cafe was a wiser choice for lunch.
|Our lunch started out with two Spanish staples.|
Aceituna (olives) and sparkling mineral water.
|Shade and olives, life is good.|
|Next we had salmorejo - gazpacho's hearty and delicious cousin.|
|And a typical Spanish tortilla.|
Not to be confused with its Mexican counterpart, this is a potato omelette.
|After filling up on Spanish food, we were ready to explore some of the local art galleries.|
|The upstairs of the gallery featured etchings, paintings,|
bronze sculptures, and handmade rugs.
|The downstairs was filled with ceramics and tilework,|
including this set that illustrates the stages of a bullfight.
|Another gallery tucked back in a narrow alley.|
|Its entrance sign depicts the many artisanal crafts of the region:|
weaving, pottery, woodwork, esparto (grass weaving),
carving, painting, glassblowing, leather work, and metal work.
|Azulejos are ceramic tiles commonly found in southern Spain.|
They can be used to depict religious scenes, street signs, or decorative designs.
|"Street of the Scribes"|
|The Iglesia de San Pedro is an early 16th century gothic church.|
|The buttresses for the iglesia leave (barely) enough room|
to accommodate tiny Spanish streets and coches.
Some other shots from around Arcos, because Meghann loves to drive Graham crazy by taking a million pictures: