4.23.2013

In which we almost got our car stuck in a church...

As you know, my husband and I recently moved to Spain. In the midst of the craziness of everything involved with moving overseas, we have taken a little bit of time to sightsee on the weekends.


Our first road trip was to a charming pueblo blanco (white village) in southern Spain, Arcos de la Frontera. As we drove into town, we thought to ourselves, "Hmm. Let's try to drive to the city center - that's probably where all these tiny European cars are headed..." 

 
As we drew closer to the city center (which is on top of a rather steep mountain), we began to notice that the streets were becoming more and more narrow, which made us more and more conscious of the width of our hulking, gas-guzzling, wide-load, "Hi, we're Americans" SUV. When we saw this flying buttress tunnel-type thing looming before us (see picture below), we took a deep gulp, folded in our side mirrors, and prayed that we wouldn't have to try to ask the drivers of the twenty cars lined up behind us to kindly back down the mountain so we could get our ridiculous car out of there. Yeah... In Spanish.


Fortunately, thanks to folding mirrors and the helpful Spanish men who climbed up into door frames and window ledges to let our car pass through, we made it through the narrow gap and squeaked our way down the cobblestone streets out of the historic part of town. Then we circled back and - like sane people - found the first parking garage, parked the hulk, and began exploring Arcos on foot.... Duh.


Unfortunately, we hit town right around Siesta time (yep, they really do that here), so most of the shops and historic buildings were closed. We enjoyed the quaint streets and beautiful architecture anyway.



The Iglesia de Santa Maria



Next to the church sits the Parador Hotel, formerly a palace called the Casa del Corregidor, that has an amazing overlook...






Inside the hotel, we enjoyed some delicious tapas at the hotel restaurant, then explored the public rooms in the lobby... Josh says this was a "real Picasso." Maybe it was. 



We'd like to go back and do a little more exploring (now that we know where to park), but overall, we had a wonderful time, and it was worth the drive simply for the amazing view!

8 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place. You both are going to have so much fun exploring. cant wait to see more blogs on your travels

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    1. Yes, it was really beautiful. We are looking forward to exploring more places like this - Spain has so many sights to see - more than I realized. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I should have some more travel posts up soon!

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    2. Thanks for the pics and commentary - Mike and I remember the narrow streets throughout Europe! We honeymooned mostly in Germany and Switzerland, but we rented a small Ford Escort :-) Keep your blog coming - love it!!

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    3. Donna - that sounds like a nice honeymoon! You were smart to get a small car... We're about to buy a smaller second car that we will be using most of the time, and just save the big car for when we have visitors or I need to go somewhere when Josh is at work. :o) Glad you're enjoying the blog - thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  2. I'm so enjoying your posts about your adventures in Spain. Simply gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing. And I wish we did the Siesta thing over here ;)

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    1. Breanne - thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying the pictures and stories. We're enjoying it here so far, although there are definitely things I miss about the US (and certainly, the PEOPLE I know in the US!).

      The siesta thing is nice.... unless you need something during siesta time! Then it's a little frustrating. All of the shops and restaurants over here have such strange hours (for instance, most restaurants don't even open for dinner until 8 or 9 pm), so it can be difficult to figure out when to go somewhere. But I guess we'll get used to it. At least I'm a night owl anyway!

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  3. Quite an adventurous day out! The town is pretty amazing as is the view. That's one day trip you won't forget in a hurry.

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    1. Karen - that's certainly true! :o) I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures.... Spain has so many little towns like this with beautiful things to see - much more so than I realized. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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