Saturday morning (well after 10 when we finally rolled out of bed) we put our walking boots on and headed into town. This time is was just to be a part of the Christmas shopping crowd most of all. With nothing in mind to spend our money on, we just went from shoe store to shoe store (Louise’s idea…). Naa, it wasn’t exactly like that, we did go into a couple of clothing stores as well. Fact is, I was the first one to buy anything. I thought I needed a pair of pants for our Christmas “Lunch”, so finding a pair of cords I felt that I was ready. This was the first pair of “cords” I’ve had for over 30 years. OK, I’m ready… Now it was off to see every shoe store in town. Actually I had a good time walking through the stores and pulling shoes off the shelf and asking…”How about this one ???”. I’m sure you know the answers I was getting… Finally successful, we headed off to the grocery store and then strolled our way back to “Bumble Bee”. We ( I ) thought it was time for lunch, but Louise had a good idea for lunch at home, so after finding out what she had in mind, I agreed. After a quiet evening, we settled in for the night in anticipation for Sundays “lunch”.
I don’t know what it is, but since we have been in southern Spain, we have been staying in bed until well after 9 am…fact is, it’s 9:30 at least before “I” roll out and head for the shower. This had better improve before we head back to the states.
Merry Christmas !!! Its Christmas morning (and again after 9:20). A “wonderful breakfast”
purchased a wonderful sweater in a small mountain town outside of Valencia, and decided this morning that it just wouldn’t work with the new cords, so I put the cords away and pulled out my black jeans (heck, I really didn’t need the cords anyway…). Louise got all dressed up in her bright new hot pink sweater and black shawl and together we headed off to town one more time…lunch was waiting. I had mentioned earlier that we had made reservations at the “Parador de Ronda” for their Christmas Lunch. When we got there, the tables were all set up with 3 large wine glasses, a champagne glass, 4 different forks and 3 knifes, and some wonderful table accessories…now this is going to be a special lunch. The menu read like a book: Each person was to receive 6 different appetizers, a sub main course, main course, first desert, second deserts (6 different ones at once), as much white wine as you would like with the first half of lunch, as much red wine as you would like with the last half of lunch, and then it was into the champagne that never found the bottom of the glass, and finally a cup of coffee. Just to give you a sample of the menu;
Iberian Cured Ham
Acorn Iberian Pork Loin
Cured Goat Cheese from Ronda
Sweet Duck Wrapped in Crisp Pastry
Home Made Meat Croquettes
Stuffed Piquillo Red Peppers with Sea Crab
Grilled Tenderloin of Veal
Warm Ice Sabayon with Wild Fruits
Christmas Cake and Almond Nougats
And, And, And…
I’m afraid I have a slight guilty feeling right now, but one thing I know, IT WILL PASS !!!
Tomorrow, we move onto Granada…tonight, I try to recover from this afternoon…