It is Friday and we are on our way back to Madrid and the end of the Spanish portion of our trip. We drove almost five hours today, our longest driving day of the trip.
About an hour and a half into our drive we stopped to see the Altamira Cave Museum. In the 1800’s prehistoric cave art was found here. Because of the damage caused to the art by too many visitors the actual Altamira Cave is closed and the museum allows you to visit a Information display with artifacts and a reproduction of the original Cave.
The paintings are much larger than I expected them to be. They are colorful, realistic and beautiful. They were obviously created by very talented artists.
Our Parador tonight is one of the best of the trip. It is built in a former ducal palace. Our room is in one of the towers.
The central lounge is where we had our welcome drinks and played cards.
In the center of the lounge is a big loom with a partly finished tapestry on it. On one side you can see the thirty or so spindles with different colored thread being worked. On the other side the rich picture is emerging.
Before dinner we went for a walk around Lerma.
We ate dinner in the Parador. This is my stuffed artichoke starter.
My pineapple and lime desert.