Travels with Tim and Lisa

"If my discoveries are other people's commonplaces I cannot help it – for me they retain a momentous freshness" (Elizabeth Bowen)

Fiesta Santa Teresa, Avila, 15.10.10

Posted by Lisa Hill on October 16, 2010


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I have always thought that Tim and I have been remarkably lucky on our travels, and today’s events proved it again.  We caught the morning train to Avila and stumbled into the Fiesta Santa Teresa…

Right across the plaza from our hotel (so cunningly selected by my own personal travel agent Tim) is the cathedral.  No sooner had we settled into our room than there was a blast of trumpets (well, ancient bugles actually) and a drum roll and lo! there was the municipal band and a bunch of (somewhat disorderly) soldiers and a whole lot of pilgrims all eagerly anticipating the start of the parade.

Fortunately most of the people of Avila are not very tall so even though we were at the back of the crowd, we saw it all.  Enjoy the photos!

And afterwards we walked into the first restaurant we saw, (Las Cancelas, which does Castellian cuisine) which looked just like all those Spanish cantinas you’ve seen in American westerns.  I asked nicely in my best Spanish if there was a table for 2, and even though they were obviously booked solid because this is such an important day in Avila, they found room for us and we had a scrumptious lunch.

We’re off to see the medieval walls next, watch this space!

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