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Europe » Spain » Aragon » Jaca June 24th 2022

There was no way to get from Torla to Hecho by bus and the hour and a half trip would cost hundreds by taxi, so I headed out at 9:30 AM to hacer autoestop (hitchhike). I had the hardest time near the town/park entrance because police and rangers kept passing and tourists waiting for minibuses kept cramping my style. After 40 minutes, my fortune changed: a quality control inspector who travels to Libya and Iran took me to Biescas; a carpenter who lives in a hippie town took me to Sabiñánigo; two dentists and a nurse in a rented camper van took me to Jaca; a Cuban-Spanish taxi driver took me to Puente la Reina de Jaca; an older world traveler with COVID wanderlust took me Hecho. I walked the final 8K to my hotel - ... read more
Hotel Rural Montaña Uson
The road through the Hecho Valley. Not bad for a road walk.
Street in Hecho

Europe » Spain » Aragon June 21st 2022

With only one bus connection, getting to Torla from Huesca was pretty easy without a car. Getting out will take some creativity, luck, or money. The scenery was pleasant and the road - which is only mostly finished - is an architectural wonder in itself, winding along ravines and through sheer rock cliffs, all with the first-world luxury of guardrails. Torla is a picture-perfect Spanish town. Its charm, remoteness and proximity to Parque Nacional Ordesa y Monte Perdido make the accommodations expensive. I had to make reservations ahead of time since it was the start of the high season and because of the illusion that if you can’t find a place online, it must not exist. But there were several options that I couldn't find online. Most of the tourists were older, so maybe they booked ... read more
Impressive cliffs
Walking toward la ermita

Europe » Spain » Aragon June 19th 2022

Huesca is a lovely little Spanish city that's worth a day or two. I stopped here because I thought it was at the end of the train line, but it apparently continues to near the French border. Regardless, it was a perfect jumping-off point into the Pyrenees. I needed trekking poles but it was a Saturday when most stores were closed. The owner recommended somewhere a 15-minute walk away, near the park where I found pull-up bars and heard a mandolin warming up - an all-guitar group’s first performance in 3 years. And it was free so I watched it. On Saturday night the streets in Huesca and probably every other Spanish town are filled with tables. I still had to walk around for 15 minutes to find an empty one. Children played in the open ... read more
Huesca Plaza

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza June 18th 2022

The train from Madrid clocked at a steady 300km/hr, turning a 3+ hour drive into an hour and ten-minute ride through the torrid Spanish plains. Walking from the station, I saw a digital bank thermometer that read 51 degrees (124 degrees Fahrenheit). But it felt like nothing close to as hot as other parts of Spain I’ve visited since it was very dry and breezy. Maybe I just prepared myself well for the worst. I dropped off my boots and warm clothes at Pension Estrella (where I’m staying before my flight to Belgium in 2 weeks) and continued on to Hotel San Valero, which is in the Old Town. My short stay in Madrid reminded me of what “great location” means there: hardly any Spaniards and hordes of student tourist groups. Zaragoza was quite the opposite: ... read more
Main plaza.
Calle Principal.

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza June 8th 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – WED, 08 JUN 2022 – Day 9: Bilbao. Wine Museum in La Rioja. Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Dinner in Zaragoza. We will follow the motorway along the Cantabrian coast; some of the scenery we will go through as we travel between the mountains and the sea is of special beauty. BILBAO. We will arrive in the Bask Country’s largest city and, upon arrival, we will go on a short tour of the city with a local guide which will cover: Guggenheim area, old quarter, Cathedral… then there will be free time for some “pintxos”. We will then travel to La Rioja region, an outstanding wine region. We will visit the Wine Museum in Briones and learn about the importance of wine making from time immemorial. Later on, we ... read more

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Jaca September 13th 2019

Just to let you know that all future blogs will be on our Facebook page This is due to being unable to load photos on here. Hoping you will follow us on the above page. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Jaca September 10th 2019

Day 13 09/09 Tiermas to Jaca I spent the morning trying to put the blog onto the website, but for reasons beyond my reconning, I couldn't get any photos to load, so frustrating! In the end I conceded and I'll have to wait until I can find Wi-Fi. Maintenance was busy changing the engine thermostat to stop the engine overheating as we climb into the mountains. We then gave Dream Catcher a good sprucing up as everything was still dusty from the desert. After lunch we left our reservoir stop over heading to Anso, we spotted a castle on a hill and took a detour into Binies a very sleepy hill top village dominated by a castle. The castle appeared to be a private residence. The drive took us up a beautiful deep sided gorge along ... read more
The tunnels in the rocks
Lovely cottages at Anso
Inside Anso church

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Teruel June 16th 2019

Bonjour à tous, C'est avec plaisir, ce matin que j'ai quitté, mon hôtel, non seulement la chambre était minable, mais à une trentaine de mètres, il y avait un bel et grand hôtel, où étaient garés au moins 5 autobus, tous des vieux. Ce doit être dans leur forfait, la soirée dansante. J'ai bouffé du Paso, du Tango, Valse, jusqu'à 0h30. Eux il se sont amusés, et pas en silence. Plus le bruit des fêtards, dans la rue, et les mêmes dans les couloirs. Que ces gens là vivent tard. Ce matin dur d'émergé à 7h30. Ce soir c'est parfait une chambre toute petite dans le vieux Teruel. J'ai planifié, au départ, Teruel, distance 208km, temps de route, 4h25. je vous laisse calculer la moyenne. Pendant un moment j'ai presque regretté d'avoir décoché autoroute sur le ... read more
Teruel  Plaza del Torico
Ares del Maestre
Peniscola le Castillo de nuit

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Zaragoza June 13th 2019

Bonjour à tous Il va me falloir me mettre à l'heure espagnole. Hier au soir vers 19h15, pour être de retour et voir nos françaises, je me présente à la pizzéria toute proche de l'hôtel, j' avais trop envie de pizza, je n'en ai pas mangé depuis le Québec cette hiver, la jeune fille me répond "on commence le service à 20h, idem au resto de l'hôtel. Finalement je n'ai manqué que les 5 premières minutes du match. Pour ceux qui ne connaitraient pas le résultat 2 à 1 contre les norvégiennes, laborieusement. Ce soir je vais m'adapter à cet horaire. Ce matin petit dej, à 7h30, ensuite, je sors fumer ma clope à 8h en polo, et j'ai une sensation de froid, normal à 4°. Peu avant 9h je décolle, et vais faire le plein ... read more
le pont du Diable XIII siècle
genets du jour
route du jour

Europe » Spain » Aragon » Alcaniz December 29th 2018

Got away from the site without further incident - the awkward neighbours left before us! Weather on today's drive was weird - sunshine, cloud, mist ... everything. Including some enoemous lakes of low-lying mist like the one Elizabeth took a photo of. Otherwise the drive was actually quite boring - the landscape changed very little during the day and there was so little traffic that the biggest challenge was staying awake! Anyway, eventually arrived at our planned campsite just outside Vallederobres, Camping El Roble. Very helpful chap, well marked-out, flat pitches, and facilities that looked pretty recently rebuilt. Well worth 15€ for a night (including electricity). There were also some Teepees, but we didn't see anyone using them at the moment! 285km drive today.... read more

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