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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Baeza, Jaen Province, Spain

Continuing the grab bag of posts I should have got around to months ago, here are a few photos to give you a sense of why Baeza is well worth visiting...

Only twenty minutes from Ubeda, Baeza is a lovely small town. As you can see from the photos it was deserted when we strolled around on a sunny day in late March.

On the righthand side of the picture above you can see the purple banners going up on the buildings in preparation for the parades leading up to Easter.

The small church above with its Romanseque entrance was a contrast to the Renaissance architecture that dominates the city.

The Cathedral from the attached cloister.
Where to stay Ubeda or Baeza?
We had difficulty deciding whether to stay in Baeza or Ubeda and having visited both towns I'm glad we opted for Ubeda. Somehow it felt like the historic area of Ubeda was more lived in. Baeza was lovely and well worth the visit, it is a lovely small University town but to us Ubeda was a more charming place to stay because the town felt more alive. This may be quite different in the summer when the University of Grenada runs a summer school in Baeza However, the older areas of Baeza (around the old University and the Cathedral) seemed to be more of a historic than a residential quarter. Either way, both of these towns make a nice change if your itinerary is heavily weighted towards larger cities (Grenada, Seville, Cordoba) as our was. 

On our next trip to Andulucia I'm looking forward to spending more time in either the countryside or in smaller towns like Baeza.