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Europe » Spain » Aragon September 26th 2014

Mit ein paar Pillen mehr im Gepäck erreichen wir Benasque, der Weg ist mit der durch eine beeindruckende enge Schlucht führenden Straße und einigen Geiersichtungen aus kurzer Distanz schon abwechslungsreich. Benasque selbst ist trotz des erst mal arg touristischen Eindrucks ein netter Ort mit alten kleinen Gässchen im Kern, aber auch dem bestsortierten Bergsportladen, den wir bisher je gesehen haben. In der Skisaison und wohl auch zur Sommerhochsaison muß hier mächtig was los sein, doch jetzt kann man statt mit dem Shuttlebus selbst bis in den hintersten Winkel des Tals fahren, um die Ausgangspunkte für allerlei Wanderungen zu erreichen. Wir beschränken uns erst mal auf kleinere Touren auf der Nordseite des Benasque-Tals, die dafür aber tolle Aussichten vor allem auf das Maladeta-Massiv mit dem höchsten Pyrenäenberg, dem Aneto, bieten. Aber auch einen Blick auf die fra ... read more
Bewachen die Wanderer auf Schritt und Tritt: Murmeltier-Hundertschaften
Maladeta-Massiv
der Schutthaufen...

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Torla September 17th 2014

Nachdem wir die französische Seite der Hochpyrenäen zumindest zum kleinen Teil kennen, wird es Zeit, sich das ganze mal aus spanischer Perspektive anzuschauen. Doch dazu müssen wir erst mal den nächstgelegenen Pass auf die andere Seite erreichen. Der liegt etwas im Westen und für den direkten Weg dorthin queren wir erst mal auf der französischen Seite - über einen weiteren, kleinen Pass. Unter Mitnahme zweier Anhalter mit ganz schön dicken Rucksäcken wird der Col Soulon zur Tortur für das Mammut und auf der Passhöhe ist der Siedepunkt erreicht - Zwangspause! Zum Glück das einzige Mal und ohne weitere Folgen. Während des Wartens auf Abkühlung sehen wir dafür zum ersten Mal die in den Pyrenäen nicht seltenen Geier, allerdings noch rechtweit weg. Nach einer Nacht kurz hinter der Grenze erreichen wir am nächsten Tag den Nationalpark Ordesa-Monte ... read more

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Sos del Rey Catolico August 25th 2014

This morning we headed for Castillo de Loarre, a castle that as we approached it appeared to me to be a pop-up from a picture books. It is the best preserved Romanesque castle in Europe and was fabulous to walk through with an audio guide to get a real sense of how it functioned. The castle was the fortification on the border of Catholic Aragon and Al-Andulus (Muslim Spain). It's interesting to think what would have happened if the Catholics had not won at that point and begun the Reconquista: Europe today might be Muslim - and European history would almost certainly have been kinder to the Jews. We are now in another pretty medieval town: Sos del Reys Catolicos, a very quiet place with winding alleys but without the views or pretty cafés of Alquezar. ... read more
Sos del Reys Catolicos
Fortifications, Castillo de Loarre
Church inside Castillo de Loarre

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Alquezar August 24th 2014

Alquezar in Aragon must be a candidate for the prettiest town in Spain, if not Europe. It is cut into the hillside and every aspect is gorgeous. It is named for the old fortress that began life as a Muslim fortification and then became a Catholic monastery. We just loved the old cobbled streets and the views. Every time we turned a corner there was another magnificent vista. It was a perfect choice for an overnight stop as the town is also pretty by night with key buildings floodlit. We ate dinner at one of the sidewalk cafés with a fantastic outlook. We took our time getting here. Before we left Catalonia we had a beautiful walk along a lovely lake to an old monastery in the Garrotxa National Park. We ate a delicious lunch of ... read more
Alquezar at night
Alquezar restaurant
Alquezar

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Sabinanigo May 27th 2014

Sunday night Monday morning - what a night. Our last night in Spain was an eventful one. In the early hours of the morning the mother of all storms erupted. The sort of storm you never quite get in Britain and the sort of storm that rocks a motorhome. At first it sounded like someone was watering Suzy from above with a watering can. This then increased to the volume and strength of a hose pipe. Then the thunder and lightening started - the lightening lit up the sky like a firework display. We didnt need a light in Suzy you could have read by the light of the flashes. The boom of the thunder overhead followed by seconds later. It was impossible to count a gap between the clap and the lightening. Thunderbolts and lightening ... read more
Snow on the tops
how much narrower can they get
Mountain tunnels

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza May 25th 2014

How plans change. When we woke up the sun was shining. Why move? We would kick ourselves if we missed Zaragoza now being so close. We may not come this way again. So it’s a day in Zaragoza then and France moved back another day. We had managed to miss Africa and Gibraltar so the plan was that this one wasnt going to get away. Sunday morning in Zaragoza. We are into the third week of our trip . We have covered somewhere in the region of 2600 miles so far and still have some way to go in the next week before we return to Britain. Yet again another fairly early wake up call. We did the usual chores , Suzy is dusty and needed a good clean. Where does all that dust come from ... read more
Zaragoza
Puerta del carmen
Aljifira

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza May 25th 2014

After our western adventure with plywood cut out Clint Eastwoods and faded photos of long dead movie stars we stayed the night at Camping Kiko Park laughing off our strange day. Sometimes things are so bad they are almost good. We will still laugh at it for years to come . Today we are travelling from Kiko Park over the Via de Mudejar heading for the capital of Aragon Zaragoza. We got up early. The fulltimers still in bed having gone to bed late and were waking up late. Our hopes of seeing another hoopoe were dashed but then there were no orange or lemon sellers nor prostitutes out at that early part of the day. We were travelling before the sun got up and temperature was cool enough to drive. The journey took us over ... read more
Somewhere along the Mudejar highway
On the mudijar highway
Something to relieve the boredom of miles and miles of straight roads

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Teruel May 13th 2014

I have to say that Peniscola ended up quite a joy in the end. We spent our last evening doing a passiagiata along the seafront waiting for the sun to set on the castle and the sea and the lights of Peniscola to come on. The Spanish and the French though just don’t cut the mustard when it comes to passiagiatas. The Italians have that one sewn up They seem to manage it with some panache. We sat for a while watching the world go by. Young and old men sat on the beach with their fishing rods talking and whiling away the evening. It felt like the Spanish equivalent of the man shed where they met every evening to discuss the matters of the day. We spent a peaceful night with little or no noise ... read more
San Pedro
Modern sculpture
Mudejar architecture

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Jaca April 24th 2014

April 23, 2014 Day 18 The way of St James http://www.caminosantiagodecompostela.com Kirsten again woke up first, showered and packed up the car. I’m still rolling around in bed. I thought we were on vacation. I have the Go Go, all you have to do is shower and get dressed. Uh where are my clothes. I’ve laid out what you need. Gee’s can I get another 30 minutes. NO! It’s 7:15 and Momma and Daddy are in the car waiting. WHAT! We drove to the other hotel and had breakfast with all the teenagers. They were having fun, oh to be young again. All I wanted was another 30 minutes. We walked around the village JACA went into the cathedral, very nice. I think I’m enjoying the cathedrals in Spain more than Italy. They are very basic, ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Aragon » Jaca April 23rd 2014

Day 3 April 22, 2014 The Way… It’s a movie, rent it or check it out from your local library. We wake up and the raining has stopped, Kirsten is first into the showers and I follow right behind. Oma and Opa are waiting for us in the dining room having breakfast. It’s not to Hedy’s standard. Go figure, the breakfast breads were too hard and no meat or cheese. We all pile into the car and head north. We’re following one of the 25 famous road trips in Spain. Thanks to Carl for getting us this book. Of course we made a few minor adjustment, suggested by Kirsten. So were heading due north on A138, in Spain toward the Pyrenees Mountains. It’s beautiful climbing the up the mountains, the crystal clear rivers are flowing down ... read more
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