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Jun 4, 2017 - Zaragoza

Day 17 - Sun 4 Jun 17. Boy are the days flying! I have just noticed on the front page of Mytripjournal that we are the only couple regularly posting for Spain. Conclusion; no one else is travelling or most are facebooking or blogging elsewhere and I'm alone , which is fine. I post daily for the discipline of recording what I know I'll need to remember in a few years time as the greying matter kicks in; sorry about the photo's, I have hundreds but this is not the easiest of sites for uploads. Today we plan to visit the Basilica as a...

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Jun 3, 2017 - Zaragoza

Day 16 - Sat 3 June 17 A quick snack of 2* Tapas buns and coffee started the day in the Plaza de Espana as we awaited the 1030 hrs Hop on Hop off tour of the city. Presenting a 50€ bill to the bus driver was not well received and we had to make a special stop to change the money. The tour was expected to last an hour and a half and we continued the trip until we reached stop 16 of 19, the Aljaferia Palace. We had previously viewed from the bus the bullfighting arena, the new ultra modern inter modal transport centre and the impressive area...

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Jun 2, 2017 - Zaragoza

Day 15 - Fri 2 June 17 We both did not sleep well but we were up and away from our Valladolid hotel for Zaragoza at 0815hrs. Our first objective was Soria; the half way point. At first, the countryside was quite green and fertile, much as we have seen until now however it was to be quite different by the time we reached Zaragoza. We stopped for fuel at a transport stop and while I filled the car, Kaye attempted to order a coffee with fresh milk. On entering the restaurant, I sensed the discussion had not gone well and we/ I have agreed that...

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Apr 24, 2017 - Zaragoza to Barcelona

As usual the trip begins with a trip to a new city. Today it is Zaragoza. Besides being the birthplace of the artist Goya, Zaragoza has a spectacular basilica, Our Lady of the Pilar. St James supposedly brought Christianity to Spain and an apparition of Mary came to St James regarding developing the first temple to Mary here. Many years later another apparition appeared to a nun describing a pilar and Statue of Mary and where it was to be placed; the temple was built. Following a fire in the 1400's, the Church was rebuilt in the Gothic...

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Sep 21, 2016 - #2

From Sort, we headed up the river valley turned west up a second river valley and started to climb up into the clouds. 1/2 up we met some cows who challenged our presence in their dining room. We could see for miles! But once on top our view was limited. The pass was 2100 meters. (C 13 to C 28) The river valleys had been narrow and rocky in places. The top of the mountain was a cloud forest with the scenic parts well-hidden. Once over the pass we joined N 230. Modern ski lodges started appearing--one after the other. The lodges were tall...

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May 9, 2016 - Zaragoza wander

Buffet breakfast was a big mistake as I couldn't fit as much tapas in later as I wanted. (I walked the 6 flights to and from to make up for it) The usual confused conversation with a local at breakfast. She asks me how far is it to the moon and I tell her where the cutlery is. Works for me. The hotel we are staying in has a facade of opulence. Lots of chandeliers (plastic), huge fake paintings from the masters and furniture that is not real. Suits me at the price. We are on the sixth floor with a roof top we can look out over the city. Huge...

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May 8, 2016 - 40th Wedding Anniversary and drive from Hodarribia to Zaragoza

It is not often that I make a mistake - well in my eyes at least. I said to Chris happy Mother's Day and Happy 40th Wedding Anniversay, all on the right date. ok so far. THEN I said lets go to Huesca on the way to Zaragoza, it's only a couple of centimeters out of the way on the map. So off we go. Oops. Why is the hotel proprietor scrunching her fingers at us as we leave the car park? Yes you guessed it we didn't pay. Try explaining that you meant to pay but you forgot when Basque is not your second language. We paid and left friends - I...

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Jan 26, 2016 - Drive into the interior

Today we drove into the interior from the campground. The first part of our drive was to the town of Morella we had visited a few days before. We experienced fog but as we came into the Morella valley the sun was shining. We then took a back road from Morella which gave us brilliant views of the town. Continuing we came to another viewpoint we gave us a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. Continuing further we drove into the municipality of Aragon here the landscape was even wilder with deep canyons and escarpments. We came to the...

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Sep 17, 2015 - Camping Bujareula to Refuge Goriz

Overview After a good night's sleep in 2 sets of proper bunks we set off to walk the Ordesa Canyon. The 'camping' resort owners were lovely and gave me GF toast for breakfast as well as the remainder of the baguette to take with me. Like all days in the high refuges, we were provided with a picnic. It was always interesting to see what we were given to survive during the day. We initially walked on roads next to the raging river and then climbed to walk along the valley side, through forests, until we were at the start of the Ordesa...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Day 6 - No ruins for you!!!

(For those of you who were on pins and needles wondering if we ever managed to find the necessary adapters, we did. You call sleep better at night now. And pictures will be forthcoming). We arrived in Zaragoza by train. That meant we had to take a cab to the apartment where we were staying. (For a little more than 1/2 the price of a hotel room in Barcelona, we got to stay in an apartment in Zaragoza). I have noticed that cab drivers love to talk to their fares. Or maybe they just want to talk to Americans or English speakers, but they seem...

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Apr 4, 2014 - Day 5 - Shocking. Simply shocking.

You may have noticed that there are no photos (as of yet) in this or my last two journal entries. This was not intentional. There is a story behind that. Or more accurately, a series of mishaps. Most of the photos I've been taking have been with my Sony camera, which can best be described as a high-end point and shoot. It's not to the level of an SLR, but it's quite a few notches above even the best cell phone cameras (which have, in the last few years, become generally pretty good for most purposes). I also have a camera on my iPhone, but...

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Sep 12, 2013 - On the walk

I am in ZARUTZ Spain tonight the walk has been brutal the most difficult thing I have ever done there hasn't been a single mile of flat land yet the views are beautiful of ocean farm land and forest never thought I could hurt so bad my legs and shoulders are the worse and now I have blisters on two toes walking with a group of six five from Spain one from Denmark they speak Spanish but frank speaks a little English so it is ok need my rest leave at 8:00 doing 13.5 miles tomorrow did 16 first day one more day only 745 kilometers left???

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