Monday, July 14, 2008

The Sky's Balcony

On Saturday the family caravaned south again, this time up the Mala valley to the hilltop town of San Vicente de Azpitia.

The Mala valley is an agricultural zone and the Mala river itself is rich in crayfish, for which the local cuisine is famed, particularly the town of Azpitia. Azpitia lies at the crest of the northern edge of the valley, a location which gives the town it's nickname as the Sky's Balcony. Living up to the name, a number of restaurants have been built on the edge of the ridge, including the eponymous "Balcon del Cielo", which overhangs the valley and looks straight down upon an arm of the river. It offers a variety of criollo and "international" dishes, but it's pride and joy are those which feature the local crayfish, which are large and delicious.

We had a great time chatting and drinking wine, while the kids went down to the river to look under rocks for crayfish like we'd observed the locals doing and spent the rest of the time teasing each other and their uncles.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


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Love, Mom