Posted by: travelrat | February 23, 2009

Walk into Barco

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Barco de Avila: 2nd October 2008.

I’ve never said much about the food on Vaughantown programmes … except there’s maybe too much of it. However, several people have commented somewhat negatively on it, although I’ve never found grounds for complaint. Maybe I’m easily pleased?

One thing I have noticed is several Spaniards have said ‘This isn’t typical Spanish food’ without actually saying what is. Even the time at Valdelavilla, back in the ‘Englishtown’ days, when they made us a paella, we were told it wasn’t ‘genuine’. You wouldn’t have a seafood paella so far inland, they said; they’d use chicken or beef.

One evening, I didn’t fancy the dessert, and asked the waiter if there was any cheese. No, he said. But, the following morning, the breakfast buffet had a selection of cheeses that could have graced any after-dinner cheeseboard. Maybe the Spanish don’t eat cheese after meals?

Clearly, a lot more research needs to be done in this field.

On the Thursday, we all walked into Barco de Avila. Most of us took the opportunity to make a few small purchases. I needed shaving cream, and, remembering the toothpaste incident last year, took pains to remember the phrase ‘crema de afeitar’. I needn’t have bothered … in this case, the lady in the pharmacist’s shop spoke almost perfect English; she had lived in San Francisco for many years.

I wanted some more pictures of the castle, but we never got that far. In the Plaza Mayor was a very inviting pavement bar!


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  3. How relaxing does it look at that pavement bar? Just what I feel like right now, wine and cheese on the terrace!


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