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photogenic windmills, as romanticised by Don Quixote?, and interesting castle
Damn modern crane ruining pictures
In a nutshell
Nice stop on the way to/from Toledo
'Fiesta de la Rosa del Azafrán' is a big Saffron Party in Consuegra. It is organized every year in the end of October, since it was established more then 30 years ago by Francisco Dominguez Tendero, the town's intellectual leader.
At this place 'Crocus-pickers' from far and near come to compete who is picking fastest. They choose a Queen of Saffron among the young girls in the neighborhood. People enjoy music, dance and fireworks. Also, one of the famous windmills, 'Sancho', grind flour for 'peace in the world'. This is the only time of the year that Sancho (the only working mill there) is used.
Updated Jun 6, 2006
As with a lot of castles Ive seen around Spain and particularly Moorish ones, the castle has been in two buildings, ie a main building with a tower block parallel to it, with a walkway between the two up on the top storey or floor.
This castle has one, obviously a new renovated one as part of the restoration of the castle, but I tell you it did take a bit of daring to step out onto it, with visions pictured in my mind of the freak disaster stories one sometimes hears happening to people out on holiday - so here was a picture of the whole walkway giving way due to poor engineering - and what a drop to the ground below!
But the only other option was to go back down the way I had come up to the top of this castle building and back up the other tower which meant I would miss the excitement of having crossed one of these castle walkways!!
Dangerous or a sense of adventure and history not to miss!? The photos looking down were taken on my SLR and im yet to get them onto my laptop! So as yet I cant portray how far up and down it looked!
Written Sep 12, 2007