S: Our Spanish Fly-Fishing Adventures 2012-2013
FC: SPAIN | Great Food Great Fishing Great People
1: When Sam began looking for a place to fly fish in Europe, he knew we wanted to be someplace where we would be comfortable with the language. We wanted to be someplace that has good food, good people and good fishing...pretty scenery and clean as well. Sam corresponded with several outfitters and we knew we chose the right one when Ivan, the owner and guide said, the people and the food are taken care of, that's not a problem...the fishing, well, that is up to you!" Thus began a wonderful friendship with Ivan and Salvelinus Fly Fishing School! | Spain: Great People, Great Food, Great Fishing
3: The tile work on these two buildings reminds me of quilt patterns.
4: Walking around town, we found chocolate crepes for breakfast, a wall mural, and a fashionable window display. | We stayed the night in Zarragoza in a very small budget hotel across the river. It was fun to realize that we previously visited Zarragoza in 2001 when we took the European Art Museum tour with the family! | Zarragoza
5: The fertile Rioja Valley is located in the Northern Iberian Peninsula. The area is well known for beautiful vistas, wineries and vineyards. We had a wonderful lunch at the Marques de Riscal vineyard restaurant, below. | The winery of Vinos Herederos del Marques de Cristal is located in Elciego, in the Rioja region of Spain, and is one of the oldest wineries in the region. The building is a series of rectilinear elements, clad in sandstone, combined with sweeping panels of gold and pink titanium, and mirror finish stainless steel.
6: Medieval City of Laguardia
7: Sitting high on a rock foundation. With in the shadows of the mountains to the northwest, the city retains, intact, its historic walls from the 13th century including its four entrance gates. With in its walls can be found historic buildings from various time periods. | The view of the valley from the walled city.
8: Ezcaray A Charming Village In The Rioja Valley | A Pretty Flower Shop | Textiles TFrom the 1600's, Ezcaray had an important textile industry, manufacturing some of the finest textiles in Spain. At the turn of the 19th century, civil war interrupted the textile industry and the Royal factories could not meet the demand so people turned to other sources. The textile factory we visited made hand woven cashmere items! | A Delightful Garden | A Blooming Wisteria
9: Beautifully conserved old quarters, monuments, porticoed streets and squares that invite one to wander through the village. Everything about Ezcaray is quaint: the town well, the flower-decked windows, and the architecture! Nearby Valdezcaray is a popular ski area bringing many tourists here.
10: Tapas Bar and el Rincon Del Vino Restaurant
11: We had a delightful lunch of garlic artichokes, fillet mignon, and burgundy beef. The decor was cozy and they lit the fireplace for us. Afterwards we went to the bodega next door. We had a lot of fun selecting wines and visiting with the proprietor.
12: The edge of town ended where this rock wall began. It has its own micro-ecological system. | The moss was flowering and this vine reminded me of barbed wire.
13: The countryside is lush and green with rolling hills and terraced fields. While I was photographing the old stacked rock wall with its flora and fauna, this man and his dog passed by. It added to the quaint and romantic atmosphere of Ezcaray. On to Pamplona!
14: Pamplona | The Bull Pen Corral/Parking Lot | Ancient City Wall/Bull Pen Wall | Current Day Bull Pen
15: The origin of the Bull Run goes back to medieval times. The bulls for the bullfight used to be driven through the streets at dawn from outside the city walls to the public square that served as a bull ring. Many young men from Pamplona became accustomed to running in front of the bulls, a practice that was banned but ignored! The bull run was popularized in Hemingway's book, "The Sun Also Rises" , which brought attention to the Running of the Bulls around the world. The bulls run July 7-14 at 8am. | City Hall Square
16: The Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in 1899 in the USA. Considered one of the best writers of the 20th century, he gave life to a number of characters in around twenty novels. Among them are, "The Sun also Rises" and "Fiesta", a definitive work to make the festivity of San Fermín internationally known.
17: Hemingway visited Pamplona nine times, and from the first he walked the streets of the city, drank in its bars and cafés, and enjoyed the local food, the bull runs, the bullfight and the happy atmosphere of the fiesta in general. | Hemingway's Hangouts in Pamplona
18: Hilltop Villages of Aragon
22: Town Squares: The Center of Village Life! | Children play while the men visit over cards and the women go to mass. | Woman shelling peas near the village square
23: In Ezcaray, this family had been out picking berries. They came to the village well to wash up and get a hug from "Abuela" who was sweeping the plaza in front of her home. The gentleman to the right was sitting in a Barcelona square, enjoying a read.
25: Climbing to the Castle ruins on the summit overlooking Aren, we passed by a couple of medieval home ruins carved into the rock of the hill. | Views from the summit.
27: Archways and narrow cobbled streets beg one to explore this medieval village. Plazas and pavilions are just around the corner. The cathedral is the sentinel of the main square while the golden rock church with the round tower keeps watch over the entrance to Aren.
28: Our first view of Aren Casa Domenc Village Cemetery Park near the hotel Cemetery Marker Aragon View
29: Casa Domenc is our home for the week. Our comfortable room was an efficiency apartment with great views from the balcony and windows!
31: For the first 8 hours, Ivan schooled us in all things fly fishing. We practiced casting on the village tennis courts located near the sheep farm. We could hear the sheep bleating and their bells tinkling as we practiced. We made our angling debut in the city park. The fish were biting and we had a good time putting our newly honed skills to the test. All the fishing in these areas are catch and release.
32: Sam Gets the First Fish! A pretty little trout!
33: This was a great first day of fishing! The mountains are beautiful and the water is clear. Ivan is a patient and encouraging instructor!
34: BREAKFAST FEAST
35: A Panoramic View of the Pyrenees Mountains
36: Day 2: Ivan stopped on the bridge above the river to watch for fish rising. The water is clear to the rocks on the river bottom and cool in temperature. The scenery is beautiful, the air is fresh, the company is friendly and the fishing is good!
37: Our first full day of fishing began here in these crystal waters. Rock climbers traversed the huge 'rock' above the river while we fished!
38: Day 3: We are ready to fish; decked out with waders, rods, flies, and nets. | Ivan 'reads' the river, looking for bugs in the air, birds in the brush, fish rising in the river, and a look at what fish are feeding on in the water... in this case, shrimps!
40: In this clear, quick flowing, iris-lined stream we fished using several methods: roll casting, high sticking, and bowstring fishing using nymphs, dry flies, and streamers.
42: This pool is where the BIG fish hang out! From the bridge we could count numerous fish loitering.
44: Juan Antonio prepared a riverside picnic feast for lunch: sausages, cheeses, fruits, bread and wine. Poppies bloomed near our feet.
45: In the countryside we saw many interesting buildings. | Farmstead | Olive grove and olive oil production center. | Chicken Houses
47: Las Ramblas | Las Ramblas is a central boulevard in Barcelona. One can find kiosks selling everything from pets to plants to pistachio ice cream. Street performers are a common sight along the walk.
48: Mercat de Sant Josep de la boqueria | The first mention of the Boqueria market in Barcelona dates from 1217, when tables were installed near the old city gate to sell meat. From December 1470 onwards, a pig market was held at this site; at this time it was known as Mercat Bornet. Later, until 1794, it was known simply as Mercat de la Palla, or straw market.
50: Sam with bust of Actor, Soler | A balconied street off Las Ramblas | Christopher Columbus Monument | Street Performer on Las Ramblas | Lichtenstein's El Cap de Barcelona | Street Performer on Las Ramblas | Barcelona
51: Government building | Kim on the waterfront | Juan Muro Painting in Tile | Street Art on the Ramblas | "Waves" modern sculpture on the waterfront
52: The triangular blue concrete building, conceived as a sponge saturated with water, blends with the sky and the Mediterranean Sea. The project came into being when Barcelona in the 1990s, with UNESCO support, decided to organize the first World Cultural Forum. The four-and-a-half months of conferences, dialog's, concerts, exhibitions and other events intended to bring together the world community in celebration of its heritage and in discussion about its future. | This building looks like a shiny bullet. the cylindrical shaped 144 meters tall Torre Agbar or Agbar Tower, completed in 2005 in Barcelona’s undeveloped Placa de las Glories district. Designed by French, avant-garde architect Jean Nouvel as the headquarters for Aguas de Barcelona, a local water company, the Tower with its bright shimmering hues of reds and blues is a prominent feature in a cityscape already known for its eccentric modern architecture. | Cool Sights Around Town | Center for Biomedical Research
53: The sculpture, known as Piex on the waterfront in Barcelona. Frank O. Gehry was commissioned to build the piece for the 1992 Summer Olympics, which were held in Barcelona and brought the city to the attention of the world. It faces the sea and measures 35 by 54 meters (about 114 by 177 feet). It is made of stone, steel, and glass. Its copper-colored shiny metal plates sparkle in the sunshine and make the sculpture a real eye catcher. The sculpture can be seen from several of Barcelona's beaches. | Antoni Llena’s “David & Goliath” is a sculpture representing the struggle for freedom of expression in an urban planning context. In the artist’s own words, the sculpture is meant, ghostlike, to evoke the billowing “sheets drying on balconies”(1) of the vanished neighbourhood. Although commissioned as part of the sweeping changes over which many in Barcelona had little say, it is also an attempt to reclaim an element of that which was lost, to imbue the stark, new suburb with some personality. Hence the symbolism of a triumphant David: the little people have overcome the giant-like powers of urban development. | Two neat fountains: girl on a drinking fountain sculpture (left) and a dog watering fountain. (right)
55: Along The Waterfront
56: El Emperador | After enjoying our walk along the waterfront, we found this charming restaurant with a view of the water. We ordered paella and a pitcher of sangria. The weather was nice and there were plenty of people to watch! What a great meal!
58: La Sagrada Familia
59: The Passion Facade The facade faces west and therefore receives the last rays of the sun before night falls. That arrangement heightens the symbolic effect of darkness and shadows that haunted the architect. Like the other facades, it has three entrances, also dedicated to charity, hope and faith, and four bell towers, dedicated to the apostles St James the Less, St Bartholomew, St Thomas and St Philip, ordered from left to right.
60: The sculptures on the Passion facade stand out for their contrast with the background, free of ornaments and apparently composed of simple forms. In this way Gaudí wanted to symbolize the desolation, the pain and the death of Jesus Christ. From that idea, between 1986 and 2005 the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs did the twelve stages of the Via Crucis.
65: The Nativity Facade | The Nativity facade celebrates the birth of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God made man. It is also referred to as the facade of Life, of Joy, or of Christmas. The Portal of Faith is on the right and is devoted to the theological virtue of faith and to Mary. The Portal of Hope is on the left and is dedicated to Joseph. The center Portal of Charity is devoted to the theological virtue of Christian charity or love and to Jesus. The bell towers are dedicated to the 12 apostles. The upper portion of the Portal of Charity is a cypress tree surrounded by doves. The cypress is a long-lived evergreen associated with the hallowed ground since ancient times and symbolizes the eternal love of Christ.
67: Antoni Gaudí spent most of his professional career building the Expiatory Church of La Sagrada Família, He received the commission in late 1883 and it occupied the his whole life. He did other work there, such as the Provisional Schools of La Sagrada Família (1909), and the construction of the workshop, where he worked with models and photographs, and where for his final years he went to live to follow the work from closer up. On 7 June 1926, at the junction of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Carrer de Bailn, Gaudí was knocked down by a number 30 tram. Seriously injured, he was taken to the Hospital de la Santa Creu, where he died three days later. His body was buried on 12 June in the Carmen chapel in the crypt of La Sagrada Família. His coffin, which was carried through a large part of the city, was followed by a crowd who wanted to say farewell to the man who was the city's most illustrious architect. The building of La Sagrada Família was continued by his associate architects and artists. Over the years, the work has been enriched by the participation of many architects and artists with the aim of following Gaudí's original idea. Much of Gaudí's work was marked by his big passions in life: architecture, nature, religion. Gaudí studied every detail of his creations, integrating into his architecture a series of crafts in which he was skilled: ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. He introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadís, made of waste ceramic pieces. | Antoni Gaudi
69: Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gracia district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. In 1900 Güell commissioned his friend and protégé Antoni Gaudí with the development of the project. With the support from other architects including Josep M. Jujol and his disciple Francesc Berenguer, Gaudí worked on the garden village until 1914 when it was clear the project was a commercial failure: Güell failed to sell a single house. In 1918 the city of Barcelona acquired the property and in 1922 it opened to the public as a park.
70: Bret and Sam | Gaudí was strongly influenced by natural shapes and used them in his work. Here you can see a walkway supported by twisting rock pillars that seem to be growing out of the ground like tree trunks. Although these are rather irregular in shape they do feel strangely natural too. | The supports are organic, look like trees and support the structures above.
71: A connecting flight of stairs leads to another famous feature of the park: the Gran Placa Circular. Originally intended as a market place for the residents, this plaza is bordered by what was known as the world's longest bench. The colorful ceramic serpentine bench, designed by Jujol, twists snakelike around the plaza. The view from the plaza is spectacular, you can see as far as the Mediterranean Sea. The whole platform is supported by eighty-six huge columns, creating a hall beneath the plaza, known as the Sala Hipstila.
72: Casa Batlló is one of the two great buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí on Passeig de Grcia, the other being La Pedrera. From the outside the facade of Casa Batlló looks like it has been made from skulls and bones. The "Skulls" are in fact balconies and the "bones" are supporting pillars. Gaudí used colors and shapes found in marine life as inspiration for his creativity in this building e.g. the colors chosen for the facade are those found in natural coral. | a historical reason and a legend. The bat comes from the dragon used as a symbol for the kings of Aragon (dragons are another big symbol in Barcelona). But the legend is a little more fun. A bat supposedly helped Jaume I of Aragon win a big battle to add Valencia to his kingdom. Apparently, a prophet told Jaume that he wouldn’t win while the city’s owner’s pet bat flew around at night. One night, the bat was so fascinated by the shiny dragon on Jaume’s helmet that he stayed in, and the next day Jaume won the battle for Valencia.
73: The last bull ring in use in Barcelon was Plaza Monumental which was designed in Neomudejar and Byzantine style by the architect Ignasi Mas i Martorell. The building was inaugurated in 1914 and originally called "El Sport." | The Arenas was built between 1889 and 1900 as the Plaa de Toros de les Arenes, designed by the Catalan architect August Font i Carreras in a Moorish style with a monumental horseshoe shaped entrance decorated with colorful tiles.
74: Barcelona Flea Market
75: Bret makes a deal with a merchant. | Known as Els Encants or 'Mercat Fira de Bellcaire', the flea market is Barcelona's biggest and most popular. The market has been held hereon the Placa de les Gilries since the 14th Century. We decided to hop off the Hop-On, Hop-Off tourist bus to visit the flea market. People were selling everything from antiques to paintings, tools, old books, and second-hand clothing. I loved the old books and the fez while Bret found a bronze eagle for Kyle.
76: The Gothic Quarter | The Gothic Quarter is so called because it used to be the Roman village. You can see part of the old Roman wall and narrow streets leading to plazas
77: Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia
78: Jardins de Mossen Costa LLobera | This is one of the largest gardens specializing in cactus and succulent plants in Europe. It opened in 1970.
80: El Poble Espanyol | Built for the 1929 World Expo as an authentic walled village, it replicates the best of Spain's different architectural styles and all its regions.
82: At the foot of San Juan de la Peña Sierra and under the impressive hanging conglomerates which gave shelter to the "old Christians", we find the little village of Santa Cruz de la Serós, natural door to the Cultural Park of San Juan de la Peña. | Santa Cruz de la Seros | Espanta Brujas Homes in the Aragon region typically have chimneys with rocks or figures on them to ward off evil spirits, or witches.
83: Panoramic View of the Pyrenees from San Juan De La Pena Monastery Trail
84: San Juan De La Pena Monastery | Legend tells of a noble that while out hunting gave chase to a stag. The stag ran over a cliff and the noble’s horse unable to stop in time, followed over the edge. Uttering a prayer to John the Baptist, instead of being dashed to death on the rocks below, the noble found himself safely landed beside a cave. Inside he found the remains of a hermit and decided to set up a monastery at the spot to thank the Saint for his escape from death. | The Mozarabic chapel - the oldest part of the complex - dates back to 920. A pantheon contains the tombs of early Kings of Aragon, but the real highlight is the 12th century Romanesque cloister. Arches on two sides of the cloister remain intact with exquisitely carved capitals on each column depicting a scene from the bible.
87: The village of Loarre is located in the state of Aragón in the province of Huesca. It is surrounded by a patchwork of farm fields and lanes lined with figs, and blackberries. A walk about took us past a natural spring fountain, and still pond and a lovely bridge.
88: Castle Loarre was built by the Aragon King Sancho el Mayor in the 11th century using the Romanesque style in vogue at the time, to defend and control his territory. This castle, undoubtedly the best in all of Aragon, was built during the 11th century and later, at the end of the 12th century, a wall was built around it. The oldest part was built in the time of Sancho el Mayor (1020-30); Sancho Ramírez (1064-1094) established a community of the St. Augustinian order here. | Castle Loarre
90: Day 1
93: Fly fishing in the Pyrenees, using dry flies and sight fishing for Brook, Rainbow and Brown Trout. Ernest Hemingway fished many of the rivers and streams in Northern Spain in the 1920s and '50s. Clear water, an abundance of food, and good weather makes for great fishing!
98: High Mountain Fishing | We drove a couple of hours out of Aren to the high mountain lake area. The morning was clear but as we drove, clouds dappled the sky casting fleeting shadows across the steep, ever-changing mountain scenery. We made a stop to take a photo of a sheep fold far below the road embankment. The air had become fresh and cool. | Day 2
99: The trek to the lake was arduous, steep and long. By the time we reached the water, clouds had thickened and covered the mountain peaks. We traversed a sheer shale wall, serpentine trails and rocky shores to reach the lake.
100: High Mountain Lake fishing is on the agenda for today. We had planned to take a helicopter to a lake, but the weather in the upper altitudes was too stormy. So, we bundled up and trekked to this gorgeous lake. We changed lures; we changed depths; we cast shallow and deep, and we didn't catch a thing! Ivan said the barometric pressure changed with the stormy weather, driving the fish deeper. Then he mentioned that maybe I should get a Gortex jacket that would blend in better!
102: Juan Antonio Prepares Gourmet Meals
103: Day 3
104: The River at Can Boix
110: Los Mallos de Riglos
113: Los Mallos de Riglos are a set of conglomerate rock formations in the region of Aragon. They are located near Riglos 28 miles north east of Huesca. Rising to approximately 980 feet high at 3300 feet above sea level, they form part of the foothills of the Pyrenees. | The impressive rocks behind the village of Riglos are a good place to see vultures, including Lammergeiers and wintering Wallcreepers and Alpine Accentors. We spotted puenters, or bungee jumpers jumping off of this old Roman Bridge
114: Non-fishing enthusiasts would say fly fishing is someone wearing silly rubber pant-boots, standing in waist deep water flinging a rod around like a crazy person. In actuality, fly fishing is angling to catch fish using almost weightless artificial flies as lures on weighted line. | FLY-
116: Santa Cilia's history is linked to the Royal Monastery de San Juan de la Peña as far back as the 10th century. In 1336 "the town was deserted and destroyed by the instability, death and heavy burdens on its neighbours." At about the same time the present layout of the old town was created, consisting of a nearly six blocks, though its straight streets are reminiscent of a Roman camp. The church was rebuilt, replacing a medieval church with the addition of a bell-tower in 1646. Walls to protect the church from flooding were added in the 18th century. The old medieval bridge is now broken, but once stretched 160m with eight spans and was an important toll bridge over the River Aragon. The Salvalinus Lodge is a part of the old church. The bar area is actually where the monks made their wine. A rock in the floor is engraved with an equation. The lodge sits on the bank of the
117: Casting Practice in Ste Cilia Park
118: Salvelinus Fishing Mountain Streams Aragon River System
119: Meals are always a pleasure when fishing with Ivan and company! Inaki and Ivan showed us a great day of fishing!
121: Productive Fishing in the Canyon
124: Brad Steer, our Cairo friend, joined us on this trip. Here Brad is fishing in the Canyon
127: The waters were deep and swift and the fish were plentiful albeit on the small side. The Geological formations of the rock walls in the canyon were convoluted and whorled.
128: Angling the High Mountain Stream
131: Walking out of the irrigation trough, we trekked through the woods to this wide open, flower-filled meadow with a view!
132: High Mountain Streams Day 2
148: Bret, Brad, and Sam enjoying a pre-diner drink in the Salvelinus bar.
149: A good day of fishing was followed by an evening of good food, great people, wonderful wines and good times. | We are so happy that Bret could come and that Brad could join us and share in the joy and the splendor that is found in the Pyrenees of Spain. | Brad and Ramon
150: High Mountain Valley | Fishing | Salvelinus
157: barbel [bahr-buhl] noun 1.a slender, external process on the jaw or other part of the head of certain fishes. 2. any of various cyprinoid fishes of the genus Barbus, especially B. barbus, of European waters. | Angling for Barbel
158: Barbel Fishing is a little different from fishing for trout. With trout, you have to quietly and patiently sneak up on them. You wait for them to take the lure on their terms. One noise and they spook! Barbel on the other hand, will spook if they see you but you cast so that the fly practically bops them on the head. The splash gets their attention and they go for it!
160: Barbel on the Line !
163: After a day of successful fishing, we were served a Spanish Paella. The green beans were phenomenal too!
164: Our final fishing spot was not far from Ste Cilia on a quiet stretch of the River Aragon. We pulled off across a farmers field, parked the car and then walked through electric fences, past this old rock barn to the river. Someone had been here before and left a trail maker. The river here is wide and still, moving slow and deep. We slogged quietly through the mud along the river to a tree that overhung a deep hole. Several trout languished in the river. Sam cast to the tree several times. The light was waning as the sun dipped lower on the horizon. The fish was difficult to see and Sam was casting to a shadow. Sam's casts were smooth and consistent - enticing and the trout could not resist. He struck! He was a big one! The rod bent and the line went out; not fast, but strong. After some minutes, it seemed like a long time, Sam was able to net his fish with Ivan's help. His trout was a whopping 5 lbs! He was an older trout as his battle scars and torn fins suggested. He was a beauty!
167: 5# | 5#
174: Our three guides for the week: Ivan, Inaki, and Ramon are excellent at what they do. They are fun companions and teachers and It is obvious they understand and enjoy fishing and guiding people in having outstanding fishing experiences. Our fishing adventures have led us to small lakes in city parks, fast streams through farm lands, wide moss bottomed streams with rushing water in the Ribagorza, streams covered in foliage, in canyons, and streams in wide open spaces. We spent a couple of hours fishing in a trophy pool where the fish were mammoth and lazy. We have fished the Aragonian freestone rivers of the foothills and the high mountain streams and valleys of the Pyrenees Mountains. We trekked to and fished a high mountain lake. We have fished rivers wide with strong currents, and with barely 10 inches of water. Each stream or river requires its own method of fishing. We have learned to cast overhead, to the side, bow fishing, high sticking, fishing with streamers and dry and wet flies. We can identify what the fish are eating and find a fly that corresponds to the diet of the fish. We have caught the gamut of sizes of fish, from a fingerling to 5 pounders, a trophy, and all sizes in between. The scenery is beautiful and the wildness is pristine. Fishing the high mountains was especially wonderful for me. The air was pure, the land untouched except by sheep and beef ranchers who used the free-range valleys. Every turn in the road was picturesque, a post card waiting to be photographed. This part of Spain is amazingly untouched! We didn't see a cell tower, an airplane, a phone line. There was no traffic, construction, or people noise. I saw Siberian Iris growing natural, covering the mountainsides! The wild flowers were a gardener's dream! It was as if we were the only people out there. Most of the time we were! My mom's doctor likes bears. She goes on salmon fishing trips to photograph bears. Why? Because a photo safari will only get one so close, then you have to use your telephoto lens. But a fishing excursion puts one in the boat next to the bear on a rock catching his own fish! That makes for great photos! I think that fishing with Ivan is similar in that the places we get to fish are not accessible to everyone. We get to be in some of the most beautiful locations in Spain while doing something we love! I would recommend a fishing trip to Spain, just for the nature experience! Our guides have become our friends! Juan Antonio who runs Casa Domenc, inherited the traveler's inn and bar in Aren from an aunt. It has been in the family for 300 years come 2017. Ivan is from Zarragoza and guides fishing schools and trips in Spain and South America. He operates fly fishing schools locally and abroad. Ramon hunts for mushrooms, truffles, and morels and makes his own wine. Inaki ties flies and guides for Salvelinus.
175: The food has been a gastronomical delight! Juan Antonio is a gourmet cook, using mushrooms in many of his dishes. We had 4-5 course meals with appetizers, soups, meat, dessert, digestive and aperitifs. He served us oxen, goat, beef, and pork as well as the angler's reward for a good day's catch-fish! The food in Ste Celia was more basic yet delicious, especially the paella! When we stayed in Can Boix we were treated to a 10 on the gourmet scale of meals! Each dish was a work of art! Salvelinus Fly-Fishing Adventures have given us many moments to remember, good memories we will share over and over. When we asked for a trip that included: good food, good fishing, and good people, Ivan was correct when he said, “ The food and the people are a given. The fishing is up to you”! With his guiding and teaching we did pretty good on the fishing! It has been not one, but three adventures of a lifetime! I hope there are more in the future! | We were a little late in leaving the river on the final night of our stay in Ste Cilia. The sliver of a moon and the beautiful sunset colors caught our attention. We stopped on the way out and watched until the sun set, snapping this photo. A perfect way to end our vacation!
176: Medieval Villages On our ride back to Barcelona to catch the plane to Cairo, we passed near several Medieval villages.
177: Village Ruins Along the River
178: Roda de Isabena
179: The cathedral of San Vicente de Roda de Isábena, rises right in the middle of this town of the Ribagorza district. It was founded in the year 956 by Ramón II, Count of Ribagorza. It is considered the oldest cathedral of Aragon and the smallest one to be found on Spanish soil. In front of the main faade there is a square allowing one to enjoy the cathedral’s beauty. This great building has two distinct spaces: the church and the cloister.