As you can tell by the title of this post, all did not go as planned today…….
We had carefully planned a bus trip out of town to Avila, a small town about an hours drive from Segovia. We asked the front desk of our hotel and they very kindly helped us, even providing a printed bus schedule. We decided we'd take the 10:30 bus to Avila and the 8 PM return, which would give us several hours to explore this wonderful town with it's beautiful walls.
The old city walls of Avila, isn't it amazing?
We wandered around for an hour or so, doing a little window shopping, looking at menus for a late lunch. We even wandered back over to the aqueduct for one last look--it's pretty amazing.
We weren't finding much of interest for a lunch spot, so eventually we settled on our hotel restaurant. I used my limited and very rusty Spanish skills to translate the menu for David, and we ordered our starters and main dish. Ahhhhh-reminders of China, another "Lost in Translation" moment!
David's salad came with a little surprise on top--anchovies. I tried one, David didn't, and he didn't miss much--ick.
My starter: green beans with bacon. I was expecting a plate of those delicious white beans. The green beans were very good, but just now what I was expecting:
Next came our main dishes. What I thought was beef fillet on the menu turned out to be fish fillet (as in feeeeesh fillet as pronounced by our waiter). It was a firm, very mild white fish with a nice sauce--really quite good, just not what I wanted!
David's main dish was truly a surprise--what we thought was going to be prawns sautéed with vegetables turned out to be scrambled eggs with teeny tiny pieces of shrimp, topped with a few oddly shaped crackers. We were laughing so much we forgot to take pictures. I think I need to brush up my Spanish skills, most definitely!
Dessert was OK, although David was surprised by his--chopped up strawberries in a bowl of orange juice. My rice pudding was fine, though.
But the wine was good! And the whole experience was good for a laugh, especially the very pretentious service of such mediocre food.
After that lovely lunch it was siesta time for sure. We're thinking the Spaniards are on to something with this afternoon siesta break….we could live like this! At least it wasn't a long walk back to our hotel.
We enjoyed a few hours of down time, organized and packed our bags, and had a little snooze.
No dinner to speak of tonight, just a relaxing glass of wine and a few tapas at an outdoor cafe in the Plaza. The company was perfect, and the view was great.
Tomorrow: Train back to Madrid, then onward to Toledo. And yes, I've double & triple checked the train times!
Good night from Segovia………..