And so we've come to the last bit of my Diego Spain: 2012 edition. The last three days of the trip were spent en route to and in El Escorial, a small city about 45 minutes outside of Madrid. On our way there, we stopped by Avila (again!) for lunch. It really is a cool little town, with tasty food and gorgeous sights.
Oh, and you may notice the city in the background. All of Avila is surrounded by an old wall, and the city itself is a UNESCO heritage sight.
On Friday, 6 of the 8 of our travel group woke up at the crack of dawn for a hot air balloon ride. Who knew that Patricia's brother owns a hot air balloon company and would offer us an hour-long ride along the outskirts of El Escorial? I was beyond excited.
Our last full day in Spain was spent at Las Radas, the home my father-in-law spent his childhood summers in. It is a gorgeous estate, and two of JP's uncles and their families joined us for a day spent by the pool, veggie garden, and grill.