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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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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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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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May 21, 2013 - J'ai couru Bilbao et marché San Sébastian

Je commence par une anecdote. Philippe m’a dit que j’étais quelqu’un de très organisé. Donc à mon arrivé à Bilbao, je mets sous la charge tous les petits appareils qui fonctionnent à pile. Le jour suivant, je pars faire mes visites incluant bien sur le musée Guggenheim. Sur mon chemin je vois un bel édifice que je veux prendre en photo. Surprise! Tellement bien organisé que j’avais oublié, avant mon départ de remettre a pile dans mon appareil photo. Alors les photos que vous allez voir ici on été emprunté de ~Google image~. Donc vous ne...

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May 17, 2013 - Zaragoza

Comme un je suis un vrai verseau, alors c’est normal que j’aime autant les grandes que les petites villes. J’en ai fait BEAUCOUP en Espagne. Alors là j’ajoute Zaragoza, capitale de l’Aragon, cinquième ville d’Espagne avec une population d’environ 750 000 habitants. Elle est surnommée « ville des quatre cultures » pour avoir été occupée successivement par les Ibères, les Romains, les Musulmans et les Chrétiens. Zaragoza a été l’hôte de l’expo universelle en 2008. Le peintre Goya est né en 1746 à Fuendetodos, tout près de Zaragoza. Un arrêt...

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May 15, 2013 - Gran Canaria.....nada!

Bonjour! Mes 12 jours à Gran Canaria (Maspalomas) sont passés. Quoi écrire, excepté que je n’ai rien fait. Je me répète rien fait, sauf la plage, et les boites en soirée. Bien sur bien arrosé de bières, de vin, et de cocktails parfois seul et parfois bien accompagnés. Les premiers jours, la petite voie intérieure me disait: Ro il faut faire le jogging, il faut faire ci, il faut faire attention à cela, etc. et surprise après 5 jours la petite voie est devenu aussi paresseuse que moi….alors là….FIESTA! C’est l’endroit rêvé pour faire ce genre...

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Sep 16, 2012 - Zaragoza, Spain

Today I began my 6 day tour of Spain. The first stop is in Zaragoza, a place I have never heard of before but with a beautiful Cathedral and some interesting history. This part of Spain was occupied by the Moors for many years. It is said the Zaragoza is the site of the beginning of Christianity in Spain. St. James preached throughout Spain soon after the Crucifixion and caused a small chapel to be built in Zaragoza just before he returned to Jerusalem where he was executed by Herod. It is a long drive and some loud and crazy people in...

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Oct 21, 2011 - Something happened in the town of Manresa

Friday, October 21, 2011 We left the chill mountain air of Xavier (Javier) this morning for the dry, arid plains of the former kingdom, now region of Aragon. We stopped for lunch in Zaragoza, the capital of the region, before reaching the banks of the Cardoner River in the town of Manresa. It was a long ride, hard to imagine making the journey on foot as Ignatius did. Actually he went to Montserrat (serrated mountain) first. We’ll be going there tomorrow. Our points for meditation … Ignatius spent ten months in the cave at Manresa. He later...

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Aug 29, 2011 - Zaragoza--Still

Monday 29th August 2011 Weather:-34degrees and lovely A leisurely 2.1km stroll along the Ebro River took us to the Moorish palace of Aljaferia it is a fairytale type castle built for the Arab sultans in the late 11th century and now home to the regional assembly of Aragon. The palace was used by the catholic monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella who installed the fabulous throne room for their use in the 15th century. It's seen many alterations and additions since its original construction but it remains one of the finest and best...

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