May 9, 2015
Today Mechanical Pinckney Hugo Pencil took a road trip. Not the kind of road trip where you’re going somewhere, the kind where you just drive and see what you find. Since Mechanical Pinckney Hugo Pencil knew there was a little castle on a hilltop overlooking a lake nearby we decided to head that direction! First we stopped in the town of Canyelles, where our B&B is located. It’s basically the Adams Center of Spain. But as the wise Robert Randolph once said “ain’t nothing wrong with that.” Then Mechanical Pinckney Hugo Pencil drove through the hills to the town of Castellet, which sits atop a hill overlooking to valleys of the Penedés region. They make wine. It’s delicious. Like all Spanish wine. That’s pretty much all Mechanical Pinckney Hugo Pencil has had to drink since arriving. He’s a bit dehydrated. And tipsy… AAAAAAANYWAY in Castellet Mechanical Pinckney Hugo Pencil walked up the main “thoroughfare” to check out the castle, which also happens to be a UNESCO site for biodiversity. Or a school for mutants. Something. Our Catalán isn’t great and all this Spanish wine isn’t helping. Speaking Spanish in Barcelona is one thing but all these little towns we go to just a speak Catalán so we have to say “¿Perdona?” a LOT and that’s NOT one of the phrases we need to practice. Thanks, Obama. Then we found the town of Vilafranca de Penedés, which we walked around until it was time to get back to the pool. Mechanical Pinckney Hugo Pencil is getting pretty good at navigating this country without a map. We’ll put that to the test tomorrow when we hit the road again.