This 2-plus-week road trip was not our normal travel situation. Typically, we’re city (or at least big town) people, and we stay in one place for a while. So our final stop in southern Cantabria was out of our comfort zone…
The grounds were beautiful:
The décor was spectacular (happens when the owner is an artist):
Our cabin was amazing:
We got settled and headed into Polientes, the “capital of this valley.”
Our first stop: the local candy store. We got there just as school was out, and the proprietor was reinforcing math skills. As the kids picked out penny candies, he made them keep up with the math. If the math wasn’t right, they didn’t get the candy until it was. And they had to figure change, too!
Following Carolyn’s advice, we went into La Olma for drinks. We got there a little after 6, and the kitchen didn’t open until 9:30. So we contented ourselves with chips and people-watching with our wine and beer.
Two groups of older men were playing what we guess was spades – 10 cents per hand. Only one argument broke out while we were there, but they resolved it without spilling drinks or coming to blows.
A mother with a toddler and infant was having her afternoon coffee while the kids had their afternoon snacks. It appeared that she had brought their snacks with her, and that that was a daily visit.
In the square outside, mothers visited while school kids played soccer. Every few minutes, a boy would dash inside, rush past the bar, and scurry down the stairs to the bathroom.
Three middle-school-aged girls lugged in their school books and set up homework on a table by the front window without ordering anything – again, apparently a daily occurrrence.
Obviously, La Olma is much more than a restaurant/bar: it’s town center.
We explored one village whose only resident appeared to be a scruffy doggo – when Todd opened the car door to say hello, he jumped in, ready to come home with us. Took a bit to get him back out…
On our way back to Molino Tejada, we spotted a mother stork feeding her babies:
We awoke the next morning to this breakfast spread – we were the only guests!
A day of exploration, starting with Cascada de Orbaneja del Castillo:
The town was guarded by kissing camels framing a map of Africa:
Local cats kept their eyes on us:
We arrived at the 12th century Romanasque Collegiata de Sant Martin Elines in time to pick up the tour:
Finally, we headed out on our long drive home, surrounded by rising mist:
The final tally: 3000 kilometers in 2 weeks