Saturday, May 16, 2009

La Mancha - Tierra de Don Quijote

La Mancha is possibly one of the most famous literary lands in Spain and yet, apart from Toledo, it is one of the least visited. That of course is part of the charm and intrigue of La Mancha, to be out in the countryside, to be out there with the people who work the land, to see the patchwork of fields and farms, to be in the land where Don Quixote had many of his adventures, to be in La Mancha. Obviously, windmills are infamous in La Mancha and one of the best places to see some is the city of Consuegra (which also has a castle). The windmills in Consuegra are on top of a very large hill (with the castle on one end) that overlooks the city and surrounding countryside. They have been restored and make for some fun photography and daydreaming. (Window looking out of one of the windmills in Consuegra - upper right)

In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire tocall to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen thatkeep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and agreyhound for coursing...
17th Century Windmills

21st Century Windmills

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