Maderuelo is a small medieval town of roughly 150 inhabitants, located at the southern end of the Embalse de Linares del Arroyo (The Linares Creek Reservior) in the province of Segovia, about 140 kilometers north of Madrid. We stopped here for some tapas and a stroll (they do a lot of that in Spain) on our way to another town and bought a jar of honey from the beekeeper. Passing through the town gate and following any of Maderuelo’s streets, up past the church to a tiny plaza almost at the end of town, you will arrive at the home of the Colmenero de Maderuelo – the Beekeper of Maderuelo. I’ll write about the colmenero some day, but for now, I’ll just share some images of Maderuelan village architecture. The town is a mix of decay and rebirth. Spanish rural tourism has taken off in recent years, with many city dwellers converting old family homes and investment properties into “Casa Rurales” or “country homes” for weekend and vacation rental. With their human penchant for the nostalgic, ample supply of towns with an intact historic architectural base, and at-hand stores of rural accouterments for decoration, The Spanish have given the lives of these small country villages a reprieve of sorts based on rural and eco-tourism. While they may never return to anything close to their former states, their slow slide toward oblivion has been arrested. Who knows, as city life becomes more hectic and more young Spaniards “opt-out” of modern, debt inducing, hectic soul-crushing industrial lives in the cities (prescriptions for anti-depressants is skyrocketing in this country that traditionally has been seen as knowing “how to live”), one might see a small bump in re-population of small towns and villages like Maderuelo.