American in Spain

Colindres de Arriba

September 28, 2007

Today, I went to reserve a room at the local B&B for Tom and Debbi, my godfather and god-step-mother, for their visit before the wedding. I could have called, but it was a beautifully sunny day, so I decided to walk. After reserving their room, 3 nights for 66€/night comes to a nice round 200€ that it's going to cost them, I continued up to see the church of Saint John the Baptist, an important landmark in Colindres that I had never visited.

The walk up there was so beautiful that I had to take lots of photos. Everywhere I looked was something beautiful to take a picture of. So here's a little photo trail of my morning walk. Two Quackers

Two quackers and no cheese.

White Flower

The people in the houses up there really love gardening.

Country Road

A poplar-lined country road.

Iglesia de San Juan

The church, with Pico Candiano behind it.

Flowers along wall

Flowers along a wall.


A scurrying lizard. He was in the last photo, too. Did you see him?

Weird White Flowers

These flowers were super-weird. Can anyone identify them?

Burdened Gnome

Burdened Gnome.


The church steeple. I love how Ben Franklin's science is closer to the heavens than Jesus' crucifix.

Church Doors

The church door.

Nice Balcony!

Now that's what I call a balcony!

Sun Dial says 10:30

The church sundial says 10:30.

Two hours off

My battered old watch says 12:30. Daylight savings time can make up for one of the hours, but what about the other one?

Church Bell Tower

A vertical panorama looking up the church bell tower.

Browner on the other side of the fence

Cows living like pigs.

Dirty Hooves

Um, I think you stepped in something.

Chestnut Tree

There's a chestnut tree next to the church.

Under a chestnut tree

I first noticed it by all the debris on the ground under it.

Chestnut Pieces

I love how shiny chestnuts are.

Church Blueprint

The blueprints of the church.

Tomatoes and Peppers

Tomatoes and peppers.

Dead Bug

Dead bug.

When potted plants attack...

The owner of this house really likes potted plants! Check out how they're all raised up off the street level.

Coat of arms

The houses up in Colindres de Arriba are several hundred years old, and many of them have coats of arms of the families that lived in the houses. How cool is that?


Water was dripping slowly from this mossy spout.

Apple tree

Apple tree

Jet over mountain over church

I was sure I'd be able to think of something witty to say about this jet over the church by the time I got back home.

Palacio del Contestable (14th century)

One of the more famous structures is this medieval palace, Palacio del Contestable, that dates back to the 14th century.

Overrun by plants

It's, um, slightly overrun by plants these days.

Green invaders

No roof anymore, either.

Coat of arms 2

Another cool coat of arms.

Greenhouse Effect

A greenhouse filled with huge tomatoes and peppers.

Green Tomatoes

Green tomatoes still on the vine.

Casa de Valle

And finally, I finish with this photo of the actual B&B. Photos inside can be found here.

Coat of arms 3

Even the B&B has a coat of arms!

What a lovely walk. Thanks for walking with me.