Hotel El Peregrino (370€!!!, inc. diner and breakfast)
We have a light breakfast… in Spain it tends to be café con leche and pan tostada, plus juice for Nick. We are out the door at 9:15 AM and walking over rolling, open fields. The going is easy. We pass through two small towns. The second – Obanas – is neat, clean, and cheery. On to Puente la Reina where we wander around town for at least two hours before locating our hotel, which we had walked right by on our way into town. El Peregrino is beautiful, if a bit overdone (for us desert bumpkins). We’re back to town for lunch in a little bar-restaurant where we enjoy a garden-fresh tomato salad, excellent gazpacho, local peppers in oil, and a plate of very tasty tapas. Yum! We return to the hotel and loll around all afternoon… bath and nap. Dinner is at 8:30 PM in a very fancy dining room. We enjoy a smoked salmon and a cream cheese goodie with endive to start, Nick then has a scallop salad with arugula, fennel, and asparagus. I have a puree of local red pepper with a poached egg on toast. For our entrees, Nick has magret of duck with yummy sauce, and I’m not sure what mine is other than it is pretty terrible… pork? (with lots of little bones?). The wine is an excellent Tripinino, local, and dessert is a molten chocolate cake. We are in bed at 10:30. I discover that I again have bedbug bites!