CONSUEGRA: BATTLING THE WIND AT DON QUIXOTE’S WINDMILLS

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Monday May 25 started out for us in Madrid with an amazing revelation about my lifetime as Franz Liszt. The day ended in Ciudad Real, the heart of Don Quixote’s La Mancha country.  In between, we  visited Aranjuez, Toledo and Don Quixote’s Consuegra windmills.

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We had originally planned to overnight in Toledo. But this city left us cold like the blades of its famous swords.  So we moved on.  Improvisation and Planning – key to great trip experiences.

CONSUEGRA: BATTLING THE WIND AT DON QUIXOTE’S WINDMILLS

We left Toledo early and drove on deeper into Don Quixote country and his windmills (Consuegra). We loved our time with the windmills. Before we got there, however, we experienced a Spanish ORGAZM. Just to stay awake. 🙂

Our hair was flying under the windmills as we battled the strong wind (above shot). Now we can understand why they had the windmills there from way back.

We even came across an Asian couple who had chosen to have their wedding pictures taken and this windy place. Maybe they were Don Quixote fans? Wonder if they knew beforehand how windy the windmills can be?

Elizabeth and I also climbed up to the top of one of the windmills. It was quite interesting to see the ancient machinery and the huge millstone used to grind the wheat and make flour at these places.

It was also interesting to see the modern windmills in the distance. Spain is the country in which we have seen more evidence of renewable energy farming than anywhere else in the world.

And now, here are some still shots from our visit to Consuegra and the windmills.

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Consuegra windmills

We ended up overnighting in Ciudad Real.  The city became the capital of the province of La Mancha in 1691. We had a delightful dinner in this otherwise quite ordinary city.

Author: ALTZAR

Bob Altzar Djurdjevic is a writer, musician, video maker, thrice-ordained Inca-shaman, geopolitical commentator, business analyst, playwright-producer... He is also founder of non-profit organizations Stewards of the Earth (https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaiastewards) and Truth in Media (https://www.facebook.com/groups/truthinmedia.org/) ALTZAR shares his time between Maui, Hawaii and Scottsdale, Arizona. You can follow his blog at http://djurdjevic.wordpress.com/ and his travelogues at https://yinyangbob.wordpress.com/). Bob had also worked as a business consultant and advisor to top executives of large multinational computer companies for 36 years (1978-2014). He had spent 8 years working for IBM prior to starting his own business in 1978.

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