Thursday, June 11, 2015

If it's Thursday, I must be at another world heritage site.

We arrived today in Cáceres, another ancient City on the path of the Via de la Plata.  Settlements have existed near Cáceres since prehistoric times and the city was founded by the Romans in 25 BC. When you walk through its ancient walls it's a trip back through time, and a lesson in humility - these walls were here well before us and will be here well after us. 
From Wikipedia: In 1986 Cáceres was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986 because of the city's blend of RomanMoorish, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Thirty towers from the Islamic period still stand in Cáceres, of which the Torre del Bujaco is the most famous. 

Tonight we ate outside, just off Plaza Mayor, and had some lovely Iberian ham (also called pata negra - produced from black pigs fed grains and acorns and then dried for 24-48 months) and other Spanish delicacies.

Plaza Mayor

Our Iberian ham, on the hoof (note the black feet - pata negra)

Our ham (etc) on our plate
My new truck?

Tomorrow we explore on our bikes, and take a rest, and then on Saturday head towards Southern Spain. 

Thanks to everyone who has donated to our Research Chair, - for those who haven't yet donated  I am running a two for one special today and tomorrow, donate once and I will thank you twice, how's that for a deal?

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