Hidden Spain

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Sierra de Franca all above 2500 feet
Until the 20th C this region was one of Spain’s poorest malaria ridden areas ..when King Alfonso 13th visited in June 1922 only human milk was available for his coffee ..he is reputed to have donated the first cows into this area

Friday ….Leaving the camp site fully fuelled ,watered and an empty loo and after more toast ….our daily bread baguette bought and Asparagus for our risotto tonight and off we buzz into the hinterland …Lovely snow covered peaks in the distance …our aim today is just one of the five villages recommended by Lonely Planet ..Tomorrow we will tick the rest so here we are in San Martin del Castañar 40.52310 6.06241 the GPS A small but intimate car park over looking the half timbered stone houses ,flowers cascade from balconies and a small village bull ring which is being used as storage for a renovation project on one of the falling down houses ..we walked to the castle on the top of the hill and back ..30 minutes at the most so a very small village .we think it’s used mostly for summer tourists holiday homes as all is locked up …one restaurant open but that’s it … It’s just rained so J is cleaning Hetty’s windows and there’s thunder in them there hills ..

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Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.

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