These bull silhouettes, a symbol of Spain, dot the highway landscape. Known as the Toro de Osborne, they originally advertised Brandy de Jerez. When roadside advertising was banned (just realized that but no wonder it was so scenic) in 1994, public outcry allowed them to be maintained in this blacked out version.
A few people mentioned Cuenca (kwenka) so we stopped en route to San Sebastian. With gorges on three sides carved out by two rivers, it started as a Muslim fortress in 714 and was eventually reconquered in 1177. The town is famous for the hanging houses, built on the edge of the Huecar River gorge. The most famous have balconies, which were added in the 1920s.
Another important part of Cuenca’s history is the convent of Saint Paul, the large building on the left. It was built in the 16th century and was used until 1975. In 1990 it was updated as part of the Paradores program, which creates luxury hotels out of historic sites, including castles, palaces, and heritage sites. So we stayed there and it was wonderful!
Our bedroom with very fitting decor. Always with the twin beds! Just the same as a queen except for getting sandwiched in the center if you dare to cross the center line.
It’s easy to get work done in fabulous surroundings. Plus giant chairs are boss.
The love padlocks tradition is going strong in Spain. The lock is left on a bridge, gate, or fence to symbolize everlasting love.
And we just happened to have our own to add.
An ET lover I know thought these eyes looked familiar.