Category Archives: Andalusia

Venta Micena – Day 26/30

Signs of the Civil War are everywhere in Spain.

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“The Pastures of Heaven” by John Steinbeck

As if I had known how beautiful it would be in Venta Micena, Andalusia, I brought a book about a similarly beautiful valley to read during my stay: The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck. In this early work, first published … Continue reading

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Venta Micena – Day 25/30

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Venta Micena – Day 24/30

At one time, the frontier between Arab/Moorish al-Andalus and the Kingdom of Murcia ran close to Venta Micena. That explains the Arab watchtowers on some of the hills around here.

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Venta Micena – Day 23/30

Sometimes, people send a donation to support this fabulous, entertaining, helpful and inspiring blog. Any donation will be rewarded with a personal postcard. Because there is no post office in Venta Micena, I will even walk 7 km to the … Continue reading

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Venta Micena – Day 22/30

One early morning, on the way to climb the Sierra de María, I saw this table-topped mountain. Tonight, it walked into the photo again. I jumped into the car to chase it down, managed to stop it near Velez Blanco, … Continue reading

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Venta Micena – Day 21/30

The moonrise was more spectacular, and I have come to prefer sunrises over sunsets here, but I guess you also want to see some sunsets.

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Venta Micena – Day 20/30

In the countryside, we go to bed early and we rise early. The latter isn’t that hard when sunrises like this one expect you almost every day.

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Venta Micena – Day 19/30

When I spoke of people shooting at me, nobody believed me. So, I ventured outside again and took photos of the many bullet casings lying around. Also, I noticed someone following me with a drone. And then, most cunning of … Continue reading

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At the Cigar Shop – 50 Years later

I had gone to Huéscar for market day, thinking I might as well look for my favorite Spanish newspaper, El Pais. It would find it at the tobacco shop, I was told. As I entered the store, just around the … Continue reading

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