It’s worth repeating; everything about the La Francesca is charming. The hosts, the staff, the gardens, the décor, and the doggies. Words fail to describe just how charming Anna is. Her grace under pressure, welcoming ceremony, manner of dress and conversation, and choices of design usually exist only at a larger hotel costing far more. But that is not to say she is stuffy or unapproachable. She is warm and can be encouraged to gossip. Her English is perfect; as is, no doubt, her French, since she speaks English with a French accent. She speaks a couple of other languages while her husband speaks no English.
Neither did the breakfast waitress we spoke with; which made her all that much more charming and sweet. And I cannot speak any Spanish before 11:00 AM. Breakfast, by the way is in the form of several different styles; which makes it difficult for us. Americans want it all! But to mix and match the two of you can each order a different one.
The gardens surrounding the hotel are on the par with any public garden open to the public. They have a rich history as does the house. Over 102 years they have been preserved and matured into several rich views, even though they are on a simple 4-box parterre scheme. This is my favorite type of garden: separate rooms and terracing. The houses position on a hill allow it to have much air movement.
The decorations throughout the house are in keeping with the 1911 time period. Hardware has a floral motif. The wall hangings are bright and pastel. Light fixtures are lacey. Man Alert! Yea guys, it’s a little bit feminine but you can put up with it for your spouse. And if it gets to you, you can talk to the husband about his bike.
The dogs were a welcome sight after being away from ours for two weeks. They are Catalan Sheepdogs; kind of like a string mop with a big heart. So lovable that they spotted me right away and followed us in there enclosure from side to side. I never saw them in the public areas and only heard them bark at night once. I don’t like begging dogs either but I bet when you say that you love dogs, the hosts are going to assume that you love all of the dog. They certainly would have done something if they knew about it. I mean really: dog = begging. It’s how we domesticated them in the first place. Which led to greater hunting skills for us, more leisure time to develop tools and…OK, I’ll stop. And this is a big city. A dog is probably a good thing to have around.
I saw very little traffic on their road either, but fortunately we were on the other side. I’d be surprised if traffic was more of a problem than most places. There is a three foot thick wall and it’s mostly topped with a thick covering of climbers. It’s a short walk (4 minutes) to restaurants, grocery stores, specialty shops (in Spain they don’t have everything in a Super Market), and the bus.
However it was not a short walk to the El Tintero restaurant that Anna recommended. Now I can exact my revenge. At least she seemed to indicate that we could easily walk there. I guess she didn’t realize that she was dealing with two fat Americans who compete over being right about things. After a half an hour and 3 arguments, we got to the restaurant. Which proves my maxim: ‘Never Trust a Lady about Directions.’
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