Ávila

Last weekend we took an overnight trip to Ávila, a walled city located northwest of Madrid. It's an easy hour and a half train ride from the city, and it was nice to see more of the surrounding region. Neither of us was feeling great, so we took it easy and enjoyed strolling around the town--inside and outside the walls, and on the walls as well (which was a really great experience and well worth the 5 euros per person). It's an ancient city, and was inhabited in the 5th century BC. (That's really hard for me to wrap my mind around!) We stayed in a simple room in a 15th century inn. Because how often do you have that opportunity?!

Our hotel, Las Cancelas, a fifteenth century inn.

Our hotel, Las Cancelas, a fifteenth century inn.

The view from the wall surrounding the city.

The view from the wall surrounding the city.

These walls aren't going anywhere--they are sturdy!

These walls aren't going anywhere--they are sturdy!

These are yemas, a traditional sweet in Ávila made of egg yolks and sugar. You know, I can't say I'm a fan...it's a texture thing. And a thinking-about-what-I'm-eating thing, too.

These are yemas, a traditional sweet in Ávila made of egg yolks and sugar. You know, I can't say I'm a fan...it's a texture thing. And a thinking-about-what-I'm-eating thing, too.