Almond Blossom and Sanitoriums 

9 Feb

In all the time we’ve spent in Jávea over the years we’ve never managed to go to the Jalón Valley when the almond blossom is in flower. Less delayed than expected by this year’s unusual weather, as soon as we heard the blossom was out we changed all plans and drove to this lovely area away from the coast.

Finding a narrow, winding road almost by accident gave us the most beautiful views at every turn and so quiet that stopping to take photos wasn’t that difficult. In fact I wish I could have recorded a sound track: a dog barking in the distance, a cockerel trying to impress the ladies and, close to, the steady hum of bees. Of such moments are memories made.

Deciding to drive further afield into the Val de Laguar we came across Fontilles up in the surrounding hills. In such a beautiful location in the middle of nowhere, why did this small village seem to contain only hospitals and sanitoriums (sanatoria?)? A bit of Googling revealed that the original Sanatoria of San Francisco de Borja had been founded by a Jesuit Priest for the treatment and research into leprosy. Well, that makes sense, then. http://unitingtocombatntds.org/endorsement/fontilles

If we learnt anything today it’s that there still so much more to explore in this area. We have to go back. Soon.

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4 Responses to “Almond Blossom and Sanitoriums ”

  1. chitchatandpics February 9, 2017 at 11:57 pm #

    Looks so beautiful, those colours are just incredible

    • lamputts February 10, 2017 at 6:29 am #

      Thanks, Wendy. Makes all the difference when the sun shows its face again, doesn’t it?

  2. javealife February 26, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    Great set of photos

    • lamputts February 26, 2017 at 11:59 am #

      Thank you. Much appreciated 🙂

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