Spain's Glorious Age
Spain's Glorious Age
 Brazatortas, Spain.
 Bar El Mesón.  Alamillo, Spain.
 Brazatortas, Spain.
 Brazatortas, Spain.
 Fontanosas, Spain.
 Almadén, Spain.
 Vincente. Peñalsordo, Spain.
 Brazatortas, Spain.
 Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.
 Fontanosas, Spain
 Fontanosas, Spain
 Fontanosas, Spain
 Fontanosas, Spain
 Alamillo, Spain.
 Alamillo, Spain.
 Peñalsordo, Spain.
 Peñalsordo, Spain.
 Fontanosas, Spain.
 Peñalsordo, Spain.
Spain's Glorious Age
Spain's Glorious AgeIf you travel far enough, drive long enough, get lost, double back, ask for directions then forget them, follow your gut and not your GPS, then you just might find yourself in a bar sitting across the table from the mayor of Fontanosas. At least, that’s what happened to me.Last summer, I spent ten days traveling through the tiny towns and villages of Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura, Spain. It was my third trip to the Iberian Peninsula, and every time I am drawn to the places where old men lean on their canes and cuss and gossip in the afternoon heat: the plazas and bars in the forgotten towns of rural Spain.The current global economic crisis is devastating these tiny towns and villages. As young people flee the countryside and flood Madrid and Barcelona looking for work, places like Fontanosas are left without heirs, with none to inherit their history.The mayor of Fontanosas led me out of the bar and took me on a walking tour of his town. A light breeze picked up and mercifully swept away the heat. “We’re old here, and life is slow,” he told me as we walked together down one narrow street, then another. We never saw a soul.
 Brazatortas, Spain.
Brazatortas, Spain.
 Bar El Mesón.  Alamillo, Spain.
Bar El Mesón.  Alamillo, Spain.
 Brazatortas, Spain.
Brazatortas, Spain.
 Brazatortas, Spain.
Brazatortas, Spain.
 Fontanosas, Spain.
Fontanosas, Spain.
 Almadén, Spain.
Almadén, Spain.
 Vincente. Peñalsordo, Spain.
Vincente. Peñalsordo, Spain.
 Brazatortas, Spain.
Brazatortas, Spain.
 Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.
Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.
 Fontanosas, Spain
Fontanosas, Spain
 Fontanosas, Spain
Fontanosas, Spain
 Fontanosas, Spain
Fontanosas, Spain
 Fontanosas, Spain
Fontanosas, Spain
 Alamillo, Spain.
Alamillo, Spain.
 Alamillo, Spain.
Alamillo, Spain.
 Peñalsordo, Spain.
Peñalsordo, Spain.
 Peñalsordo, Spain.
Peñalsordo, Spain.
 Fontanosas, Spain.
Fontanosas, Spain.
 Peñalsordo, Spain.
Peñalsordo, Spain.
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