Tuesday, September 11, 2012

SPAIN: Medina-Sidonia evening

Arco de la PastoraImmediately outside the house is the Arco de la Pastora - Arch of the Shepherdess - built around the tenth century in the middle of a 500yr period under the Caliphate after the Moors wrested control from the Visigoths in 712. They in turn had succeeded a Roman colony built on top of the
original 3000 year old Phoenician settlement. The name Medina-Sidonia comes from the Arabic Medina for “city”, and Sidon, maybe the oldest of the Phoenician cities, now part of Lebanon.

Peter took us for a walk up to the top of the peak around which the town is wrapped, where one can see the windswept Andalusian countryside, now appropriately farming the wind for energy. From near the old ruins behind the Church of Santa Maria Coronada you can see to the Costa de la Luz and the Bay of Cádiz.

Gustav plans the next Viking conquest wind turbines and prickly pear Gustav picks a hat for the evening walk

Church of Saint Mary the Crowned Sunset over the Church of Saint Mary 

Gustav, Peter & Munson  steep cobbled streets 

Dropping down the hill to the main commercial square we had a few drinks while everyone in the area it seemed came over to introduce themselves to Munson. Munson conquers the town squareIt was almost inevitable after so many millennia of different rulers that Medina-Sidonia would eventually fall under the control of a visiting malamute. His short benevolent reign of one week would surely be remembered long after the last of the whitewashed walls had fallen.Peter & Munson showing off the lap dogthe laying on of hands

Back at the house we dived into Peter’s fish-stew followed by a dessert of some slices of the local almond-based confectionary sausage.

Munson steps in to drink, but no further Peter & Gustav @ dessert time pool at night

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