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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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Aug 28, 2011 - Off to Zaragoza

Sunday 28th August 2011 Weather:-31degrees/Humidity 28% Zaragoza:-The temperature is about the same as Barcelona but with the humidity at less than a third of what we experienced in our first few days in Barcelona we think that we are in heaven. We had a 7:30am take off from our apartment to catch the bus to the Airport where we were picked up and driven to the depot of ‘Citoen Leasing-France’. A 5 minute lesson on the intricacies of the little C3 5 door Citroen and we were away, with Herman driving with ease, on our way for the 308Km drive...

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Jun 11, 2011 - Zaragoza

Enjoyed morning in Zarragoza, beautiful city with great atmosphere. Saw wedding, pentecostal concert, student protest, street markets and amazing historical monuments.Again thankful for GPS as we headed to our next destination,240km south east zig zagging up the mountains to 1250 metres above sea level with all the black and yellow snow measure poles, then zig zag down the other side to the mediterranean coast!! Staying in RCI apartment for 7 days, 2 minute walk to beach and amazing views from our 6th floor balcony. Enjoyed 3 course meal...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Wedding Bells.. !Vivan los Novios!

Today was a transatlantic union.. Caroline, my cousin from Canada married dashing young Carlos from Zaragoza in Spain in the Real Seminario San Carlos, a wonderfully ornate baroque church close to the Plaza del Pilar. Zaragoza's Pilar cathedral is one of Spain's most impressive. Wedding took place in traditional Spanish style..a las 5 de la tarde! What Garcia Lorca termed la hora de la verdad.. or the moment of truth. Which is what weddings are all about I guess!

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Susan ar Strae 2009

May 7, 2008 - Pamplona to Barcelona via Zaragoza

This church is well known for this small statue of 'Our lady of the pillar'. It is venerated and surrounded by jewels and gold. The church is a large baroque building - rather too ornate for my liking. There are ceiling frescos by Goya but too high to really be able to appreciate them. The main town square is quite impressive and we liked the water feature.

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Aug 23, 2007 - Barcelona to Zaragoza

Thursday 23rd August: A bit of a sleep in this morning. We headed back into the centre of the city and back to the Ar de triomf. It all looked so different in the light. We walked again through the park to look at the Cascada which is a massive stone monument. From the park we again headed into the old part of Barcelona and to the Museu d'historia de la ciutat. This was a fascinating walk among some roman ruins ( not quite as well preserved as those in Bath but with the same feel). From here we walked to the Cathedral. The inside was filled...

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Sep 17, 2006 - Get Mum off this continent

Okay the first night in Spain in Girona/Gerona was wonderful and Mum couldn't stop smiling and giggling. She was so happy to be out of France. The town was wonderful and the people great. The train ride in was okay and once again the pact that Europe has about travel via public transport does not get passport checks has held true. We haven't been checked since our last flight. The downside to that is that we have no stamps in our passports for Germany, France or Spain so far. Would have been nice to have them. We enjoyed a good buffet feed...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Jul 14, 2006 - Running of the Bulls

Hey guys. I'm back. I intitally wrote this entry like 5 days ago, but for some reason it didn't save. So all of the work I did was deleted. Because of this, I'm only gonna give you guys an abbreviated version of everything that has happened over the last week and a half. RUNNING OF THE BULLS. The Running of the Bulls, or Encierro (en-see-air-o), as Spaniards call it has been taking place for hundreds of years. It is part of an annual festival called San Fermin, that lasts 7 days. During this time, millions upon millions of people flood...

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