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Originally posted by Longboarder:
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Originally posted by Vinaigre:
Alozaina, Spain.


I must have missed this discussion last week.
Confused


Nothing to be confused about, we just never got around to discussing this, we had so much great wine to share and talk about !!!! Cool
Thanks again and hope to meet you again, SOON !


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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Vinaigre:
Alozaina, Spain.


I hope you're enjoying yourself and will post a few impressions and recommendations when you return. We expect to be in the area next year.


I did enjoy myself very much(Thanks for asking !) I was there also last year at the same time. So it was a good rest and the kids had a great time.
I have some very good friends that have been renting the same house for the past few years in Alozaina.
It is between Malaga and Ronda. Small town (2000 people), one of many of the "Pueblo Blancos" that dot the area.
It is a good base if you want to stay in one place and do day trips to the interesting towns around: Granada, Cordoba, Ronda, Gibraltar (Very optional, it is a dirty city, the only interesting thing is the monkeys and the view) and Cadix and Seville (Both are beautiful city's so plan for two days
Driving is easy, the roads are very well maintained, surprising due to the economy, the only challenge is the roads in the mountains. Altought they are well paved and the signage is good, some parts are very narrow and guard rails seem to be optional Eek.
This is NOT a wine area. The local favorite is a sweet wine that is the most vile thing I have tried. It was gratiously offered to me by the owner of the house and I drank it with a smile Ack
Most restaurants have very good tapas. And a basic understanding of Spanish is a must. In most of the city's I mentionned above you might get by, but the smaller ones along the way are less accustomed to the tourist trade, but those are the places I enjoyed the most. I had roasted rabbit that was just great in "Casarabonela" Small restaurants that mostly cater to the locals.

I could keep on going, if you want any more info let me know.
Sounds very nice! I remember driving the road from Marbella to Ronda, looking down from the crumbling edge of the road hundreds of feet and hearing a bus horn around the next switchback. I'm not sure which areas of Spain we'll visit. We've seen most of the towns on the Mediterranean coast, but there are wine areas I haven't visited. A return visit to Barcelona and Priorat are virtually definite.
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Originally posted by Rothko:
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Originally posted by Dom'n'Vin'sDad:
Legoland Smile


Which one?


Carlsbad. Drove down Saturday, took in a Pads game at Petco Sunday, beach Monday, Legoland Tuesday, drove home Wednesday, drove to The City for the Giants game Friday night and to the Ferry Building and Boccalone for charcuterie on Saturday.

Been a good week!
Actually, it ran out in front of the car. I hit the brakes. I always do for animals. I thought maybe it went between the wheels, but I looked in the rearview mirror and saw it trying to squirm off the road, and then it stopped. I hate seeing a life wasted.

Oh, well, it could have been worse. It could have been an elk.
Amboise, Loire Valley.

We took the TGV from Paris to Tours, picked up rental car (Renault Laguna diesel--manual transmission which I have not had to use for a few years now; we can still smell the burning scent from me continually trying to take off from a light uphill in 3rd gear; the only solution to prevent it stalling again seemed to be more fuel and slower clutch release, ouch! Red Face) and drove along the extremely picturesque Loire River to Amboise. We're staying on a great property, an 18th C. chateau beautifully restored and run by a retired American couple who have discovered their little piece of heaven here, and take pleasure in the property and lifestyle which is their adopted home. We rented a self-contained smaller house on the property, absolutely charming, with rose bushes outside our upstairs bedroom window overlooking an exquisitely manicured garden. It is easy to see how someone can fall in love with the comparatively slow-paced, quiet mood that permeates a perfect summer day here.

Friends, I wish for all of you that you have many such days this summer. Ours will be limited to this week, then home next Sunday.

Damn! Smile
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Originally posted by VinT:
I was going to post "Stranded at the Newark airport" on this thread last night but I was too damn busy trying to find a local hotel room. Along with about 50,000 other people in the same predicament.

Finally made it home this afternoon.


Should have called g-man.

You could have opened a bottle of Port and enjoyed the evening. Cool

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