Jun 4, 2010

Photo Essay: mountain villages, monastery lighting and natural pools

Yesterday was a public holiday in Madrid so a friend and I took a day trip and wandered leisurely around the pretty mountain village of Rascafría, which is in the northwestern part of the Community of Madrid in the Sierra de Guadarrama. We indulged in a long lunch on the terraza by the bubbling brook that runs through the village and sauced ourselves with the huge bottle of wine that came with the menú del día at Casa Juanita for 11€. After we gorged ourselves, we took a stroll around the village. Here's what we saw:
Rascafria
Rascafria
Rascafria
Rascafria
Rascafria
Rascafria

Later we made our way to El Monasterio de El Paular, and sauntered its halls and corridors:
El Monasterio de El Paular
El Monasterio de El Paular
El Monasterio de El Paular
El Monasterio de El Paular
El Monasterio de El Paular
El Monasterio de El Paular
El Monasterio de El Paular
El Monasterio de El Paular

After we finished wandering the grounds around the monastery, we headed over to the nearby Área Recreativa de Las Presillas and lay on the cool grassy meadows along the bank of a series of natural pools formed by the Lozoya River.
Las Presillas
Las Presillas
Las Presillas
Las Presillas

We capped the day off by dining in the Plaza Mayor of a charming village called Cercedilla as the dying sun set fire to the surrounding mountains.
Sunset from a mountain mirador
Yay for mid-week public holidays! I haven't had the chance to leave Madrid since Christmas so this was a much need sojourn and I feel very blessed for this perfect day away from the city.

Happy weekend everyone!

All photography by Shehani Kay

5 comments:

Denalex said...

Wow! The photos are really great! And the ones you took in Las Presillas son preciosas!!! Gracias por a wonderful day!

Shehani said...

Thanks! Y gracias por ser un modelo muy fotogenico!

bruce said...

el caballo sabe que lo es ser cool, mola!

Shehani said...

he sure does ;)

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