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3.0 out of 5 stars An Obvious Error, 20 Jun. 2011
This review is from: A Pilgrim in Spain (Hardcover)
I love Spain and I have travelled all over the country on journeys of exploration. I nearly always stay at the Parador hotels and I am a member of the Amigo de Paradores.
I was most surprised to read Christopher Howse state on page 7 of his book "A Pilgrim In Spain" that the hotel group was established in 1930 in an historic building in Oropesa because none of these facts is correct.
The decision to found the Parador hotel group was taken in 1926 with the first hotel being opened in 1928. "Hoteles desde 1928" often forms part of the group's logo. The first hotel to be opened was the Parador de Gredos, a former hunting lodge built for King Alfonso XIII in the early 20thC near Navarredonde de Gredos. The building itself is therefore not truly historic.
I am not sure if there are any other inaccuracies in the book but I will still buy it simply because I have visited just about all the places mentioned in it.
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Initial post: 20 Jun 2011 20:18:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jun 2011 20:19:49 BDT
C. Howse says:
Be of good cheer, brave reader of page 7. I wrote that in 1930 at Oropesa "the first state-run Parador was established in an historic building". That is what happened, as the Parador there still boasts: "The palace was converted into a Parador in 1930, the first historic and artistic monument in Spain to be used in this way." The Gredos Parador was built from scratch in 1928 and soon had the misfortune to see the Falange founded within its walls.
I'm sure you'll find even greater pleasure in reading about the other places mentioned in the book. The index is fun too. I recommend the entry "Castilians, supposed characteristics of".

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 21:08:51 GMT
O"Cleirig says:
Euge!Euge! A Woody Allen Victory!
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