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

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

History lessons...

When you drive around Spain you will come across majestic old buildings.

Unoccupied. Unloved.

Within no more than 10 square kilometres I saw no less than half a dozen buildings, still standing proudly despite the inexorable march of time. I often think that those located at major crossroads would make amazing locations for a country inn or restaurant.
And yet, they are sadly left to rot away, due mainly to inheritance disputes...

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Sorry for posting so many photos, so often. I took loads when I was in Spain. There are many more to come.

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16 Comments:

Blogger muddy red shoes said...

what wonderful places, I want to come with you next time you travel!

5/6/07 10:57 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Oooh don't apologise for posting photos I love 'em! So, when are you going to 'love' one of those 'unloved,unoccupied' buildings as your next restaurant so you can live in Spain? ;)

5/6/07 10:59 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Pack a bag, Sarah!

Akela, I keep dreaming of opening my next restaurant in one of those buildings. But I wake up in sweat... Three are more than enough, I can assure you.
But never say never.

5/6/07 11:15 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

great photos!

You could sell up here and move there... that way you wouldn't have so many on the go at once....

5/6/07 2:24 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Oh go on, you know you want to and I can come visit.

5/6/07 3:55 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

Oh you must do it cream, sell the ones here (I know that will be hard)and live your dream.
The last photo made me want to jump on a areoplane.

5/6/07 4:18 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

No apologies necessary when you've captured such photogenic scenery.

5/6/07 5:39 PM  
Blogger Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Let's go rescue them!!!!

5/6/07 6:44 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Caro, if and when I sell up I just want to chill out faffing about doing nothing. I wouldn't mind doing consultancy for two meals a day.

Akela, the thought crossed my mind often but I know I wouldn't like to start again...

Queenie, you're so persuasive!

Thanks, Andrea, because there's more to come.

Maryam, you and your husband would do them justice by converting them...

5/6/07 7:22 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

What beautiful details on the buildings.

Oh boy, I know that legal dispute...I've seen buildings go that way. The law takes forever to move here too.

Is it true, is Spain an inexpensive place to live, Cream? Do you dream of living there?

5/6/07 8:28 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Gigi, Spain is in Europe so the prices are catching up with the rest. Fresh stuff is cheaper and so is eating out.
Property prices have stopped rising because the offer has exceeded the demand.
I would love to live in Spain at least eight months of the year and I am practicing, one to two weeks at a time, at the moment.

5/6/07 9:51 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I love the photos! Keep them coming.
How nice it would be to get a hold of one of those buildings. Beautiful colors and details.

5/6/07 10:42 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Give a man a camera ... *g*
I am enjoying the photos so much, so glad the camera arrived before you went to Spain, and yes, pleeease, do keep them coming, I'll send you a slice of Cherry Strudel as a small token of appreciation (of course, store bought, but at the right one *g*).

6/6/07 5:16 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Yes, Mary, and then YOU will be the noisy neighbour while you're restoring it...;o)

Merisi, "give anybody a camera and they turn into Bertolucci...." hahaha....
Cherry Strudel!! Yummy!

6/6/07 7:15 AM  
Blogger Janice said...

wow the detail painting is amazing.... How do they preserve it I wonder?

6/6/07 2:04 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Hi, Janice! They are glazed tiles.

6/6/07 2:36 PM  

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