One afternoon of our program is dedicated to an excursion into the Castilian countryside. As our mini-bus winds its way down narrow country roads through a rocky terrain, we pass tiny villages, the ruins of early Romanesque churches, small farms,fields of rosemary and thyme, and the occasional shepherd tending his flock.The highlight of our day is a visit to Pedraza, a gem of a quaint pueblo where we explore a privately-owned castle, antique and interior-decorating shops, galleries, and a movie-set dungeon. Pedraza's cuisine is known throughout Spain. It is here that the "horno de asar" or rustic wood-stove kitchen prevails, and where we enjoy a superb lamb meal roasted before our eyes in the traditional Medieval manner.