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As we approaced the Carmona parador, we saw it high on a hill. The parador is a restored fourteenth century Arabic fortress/castle. It was built by King Pedro [i.e., "Pedro The Cruel"]. During his frequent absences from the castle, he used to put his wife in the care of the nuns at Palencia. One of the nuns, Sister Maria Colonel, was very beautiful and the king was attracted to her. To make herself unattractive to him she disfigured her face with burning oil. Her remains are still preserved in the Convent of Santa Ines in Sevilla.

It was our second parador and proved to be the "best" and most interesting of all. Following are a number of pix around and near the parador. A view is also noted of an early Roman bridge.

Of course we had to visit the marketplace, although, as noted, it really is a market arcade. We bought our usual "picnic" menu [salami, cheese, rolls & drinks] and "dined" in our room.

One afternoon we walked down into "new" town where we saw the remainder of the old city wall and double gate. Typical of many old Spanish homes is the gated patio, most of which are more beautiful than cameras can tell. We came across a drama school on our walk which, the previous night, had put on a mystery show...the "figures" were part of the story. Our final dinner at the Carmona parador was with Leter and Jos from Belgium...a delightful couple.

From Carmona we drove west to Sevilla where we then turned south to Jerez, then east over mountains to parador Arcos de la Fontera located on the banks of the Guadalete.
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