Lest you think I’ve abandoned ship, I’m coming back to you with a photographic representation of 2013 so far on the Iberian peninsula. The crisis is deepening, but life goes on.
Winter holidays were in Portugal. We ate incredibly well, thanks in no small part to places like Cervejaria Ramiro and the generally amazing seafood and sweets the country has to offer.
Lisboa continues to enchant me.
And there are so many other parts of the country to explore. We spent time in the hills and villages of the Serra da Estrela before heading back to España.
This winter was cold and snowy, to my complete delight. There’s nothing like being in the Parador de Gredos during a good snowfall
and exploring the surrounding area without even getting in the car.
Hiking trips in Madrid were frequently foiled by bad weather (not for lack of snow!), but trips elsewhere proved successful. The Sierra de Aralar was in full splendor before the rains of March set in (and we escaped the continent!).
A nearby Navarran village provided an unexpected lesson in cheese-making at the hands of an artisan.
We were also rewarded with a spectacular weekend in the Montaña Palentina, where we could see over the whole expanse of the Picos de Europa from the top of Peña Prieta
and even got a bit of culture with an excellent guided tour at the ruins of a Roman villa in Saldaña.
Here’s to spring.