By Stephen Clarke
In keeping with Stephen Clarke's personal reviews and with names replaced to "avoid embarrassment, attainable felony motion, and to avoid the author's legs being damaged via a person in a Yves Saint Laurent suit," A 12 months within the Merde provides ideal leisure for Francophiles and Francophobes alike.
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It came of age as the mountain folk fought their way down into the fertile valley of the Ebro and onto the high plateau, the dry Meseta of bieges and browns, that is the dominant geographical feature of central Spain. There, at the expense of the Muslims, the mountain people hacked out the kingdoms of Navarra and León and the turbulent County of Castile. Full maturity as a nation came only after seven centuries of virtually constant warfare, a bitter struggle the Spaniards call the Reconquista, the reconquest of Spain from the Arabs and their Moorish minions.
The one is a massive range of high mountains that effectively block off the Iberian Peninsula from the remainder of Europe. The other, the Cantabrian westward extension of those peaks, separates the stormy Atlantic from the high, dry central plateau of the Iberian interior, the Meseta. These mountains dominated and totally shaped the destiny of the peoples of Northern Spain throughout history. The high passes are easily defended by a few determined fighters. This meant that conquest from the outside was rarely worth the price.
Now it is a five-star parador operated by the Spanish government for pilgrims and travelers with deep pockets. - The “How to” of Things Pilgrimage lore not withstanding, this book is intended for travelers with a taste for history. On these pages you learn what highways to drive along, where to get out on foot for a better view of things, and all about sights you won't want to miss. ” Such directions are only a minor part of our story, necessary though they may be for facilitating your travels.
A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke