Monday, November 14, 2022

The Casas Colgadas of Cuenca, Spain

 November 14, 2022

    Funny what we find when we're sweeping out the garage to make room for more Hellraisers books.

Tommy & Saddam

   We flew to Spain to visit Thomas Charles in December of 2003. Tommy was attending school in Valencia, and we rented a house on a small lake south of the city and in the morning we were going to a local pub for breakfast paella, when we spied a newspaper rack with this headline. 

   Tipped off by turncoats (and no doubt the $25 million reward), Saddam Hussein was discovered in a "spider hole" in someone's backyard and his captors probed his mouth which is allegedly a major insult in the Arab world? Great shot of Tommy preserved for our family history. Meanwhile. . .

The Hanging Houses of Cuenca

   On this same trip we stumbled across a Moor-founded town called Cuenca.

The Goose, The Deen and The Kid

in front of the Casas Colgadas

   Cuenca is a city set in the mountains of east-central Spain. Founded by Moors, it retains its Historic Walled Town with steep cobbled streets and medieval castle ruins. Perched on a limestone spur high above the Júcar and Huécar rivers, it's most famous for its well-preserved "casas colgadas," or hanging houses. Cantilevered over the Huécar gorge, they seemingly cling to the cliffs’ edges.

T. Charles On A Limestone Spur
with the Cuenca skyline in the background

   We stayed in a monestary with four-foot-thick walls and I was so inspired by the cobbled streets I came home and created our own stone driveway as an homage to the streets in Cuenca, Spain!

Our Cuenca Inspired Driveway

"Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent."

—Adam Smith

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