A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Friday, June 01, 2007

España...

The weather: roasting...
The food: a mixed salad of tastes...
Mediterranean sardines Versus Atlantic sardines: win hands down!
The wine: flowed in various colours.
The beaches: can you beat the Med?
Ikea: the same as in England but pronounced E-K-R... Why did I go in?
Golf: handicapping...
Espol: mejorando...
The sights: sore eyes...
Camera: overused...
























21 Comments:

Blogger Hayden said...

Glorious, cream! I sit here in my study, huddled against the insidious, fog-brought cold of another SF morning, and bask in the reflected warmth of your photos. Looks like you had a great break... hope you post more of your photos. (Love the crockery pic, my favorite bean pot looks like the one in the back, but fully glazed! LOVE all of those bakers and envy them!)

1/6/07 3:59 PM  
Blogger fathorse said...

WOW look at that water! and that tiny, tiny lizard...

Jealousy is a terrible thing...

1/6/07 4:16 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Hayden, it was a great break indeed. I have lots more photos to share. It was back to the cold with a bump when I landed last night... From 32 to 11 degrees in 3 hours!

F, the Med always looks beautiful even if it's not the cleanest sea on earth. That lizard stood so still for the picture!

1/6/07 6:20 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

So pleased you've had a good break. Is that your hat?

1/6/07 6:26 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Beautiful, glad you enjoyed yourself. I want to dive right into that water!

1/6/07 9:14 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

so - why did you go in?

1/6/07 9:26 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

i have no recollection of what that comment meant.







hahahaha




i hope you can be equally tolerant!

1/6/07 10:06 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

Welcome back!
Judging from the photos I'd say you had a really hard time in Spain! ;)

1/6/07 11:15 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Queenie, wherever I lay my hat... Yes, it is my old battered hat, it welcomes me every time I go.

Christine, the water was nice and warm...

Lettie, you've lost me but here goes, I was passing and saw the Ikea sign so I veered off and went in. Why? I have no idea. I think I just wanted to know whether it was the same thing as up ours. And, guess what, apart from the staff, everything else was the same! Even the yellow bags, the Swedish Albondigas...

DC, it was hard... not to have a great time! And sorry about the Mediterranean sardines beating the Atlantic-Portuguese sardines...

1/6/07 11:44 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Hi Cream, welcome back, you can keep the Med, it is water... give me the food and wine:)))

2/6/07 3:38 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Oh Thankyou!!! this was like a mini vacation!

2/6/07 4:47 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Oh you're back, I've missed your musings. :)

I want some of that crockery, and those sardines, and that wine and most definitely the sun!

Welcome home, can't wait for more photos.

2/6/07 10:33 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

L, a lot of water crossed my lips to counteract the effect of the wine and food.

Val, there's more photos to come.

Akela, nice to have you back too.
I thought about getting some of the terracotta dishes back for our tapas bar. They looked shinier than the ones we use.
The sardines were delicious.

2/6/07 11:31 AM  
Blogger Dizzy said...

Lovely. I like the lizard, how handsome is he. Also the blue of the sea, you just want to be there.

Glad you had a great holiday.

2/6/07 12:57 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Cream, those pictures are gorgeous!!!!! The colours in that beach scene incredible, I have never been to a place like that, so exotic. And sardines, I could eat them morning, day, and night (I can cook them, too *g*, I had to, because there was only one fishmonger in all of Washington, DC who carried them, flown in every Thursday from Portugal; it's true, the Italian ones are more delicate, not surprising, considering that close to two dozen species can be classed as "sardines").
W.G. Sebald's essay about "herring" in his The Rings of Saturn makes for compelling reading (as do all his books *g*). He made me appreciate those little sardines even more.

(I am geographically challenged, so I have no idea in which area you live, Sebald's book tells about his wanderings along the English East Coast, in Suffolk County.)

2/6/07 8:09 PM  
Blogger muddy red shoes said...

Ah I want to go, what colours, lush, and what food, yum!

2/6/07 8:20 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Sounds like you had fun - glad to be back?

2/6/07 9:24 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Dizzy, there were a few lizards about but that one was really colourful. I wish I were back already.

Merisi, I am up in the North East of England.
In Algeria I was brought up on small Mediterranean sardines that were unloaded off the boat and put straight onto the charcoal grill whole. Served with fresh lemon and a simple salad. Mmmmm!

Sarah, you'd love Murcia with its old buildings and narrow streets. A painter's paradise!

Caro, I came back on Thursday.
32 to 11 degrees is a shock to the body and mind, I can assure you.

2/6/07 10:25 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I think you summed that up perfectly! The pictures are awesome. Keep them coming.

3/6/07 2:29 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Cream:
Charcoal roasted, yes, that's the best way to enjoy sardines. Wonder where I could get them in Vienna today .... ;-)

3/6/07 9:03 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Mary, a picture paints a thousand words... More to come.

Merisi, I wonder whether your fishmonger will be open on Sunday. You'll have to go catch them yourself...;o)

3/6/07 9:33 AM  

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