Archives of articles, essays and stories of Geri Dreiling grouped by month:
March 2013

El Tostado in Avila

Cheesecake at El Tostado

Where history and food collide

By Geri Dreiling

“El Tostado!” Enrique said excitedly as we toured the Cathedral of Ávila in Spain. With that simple exclamation, our cultural and language differences crystallized.

The image that immediately popped into my head was of a tostada, a fried tortilla slathered with refried beans then topped with lettuce, tomato and salsa that is listed on a menu in a Mexican restaurant in the United States.

Of course, that was not what Enrique had in mind. Instead, he was referring to a renowned scholar, writer and bishop of Ávila in the 15th century. He had spotted the tomb for El Tostado behind the high altar of the Gothic church and was excited that we had discovered it. Continue reading...

 

The Walls of Avila

Walls of Avila long view_featured

A beautiful backdrop for a romantic walk

By Geri Dreiling

When you like someone in grade school, taking a walk with your crush around the playground is exciting. When you’re in college, a stroll through the zoo, a park or around a nearby lake can be a dreamy experience. But when you are an adult, the backdrop for a romantic outing is limited only by your imagination – and your finances.

The medieval walls of Ávila provide a perfect setting for an enchanting walking date. Located in the Castile-Leon region of Spain, Ávila is surrounded by walls that were built beginning in approximately 1090 and continuing over the next two hundred years as fortification against the Moors. Continue reading...