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    • Day214

      Vitoria-gasteiz & Chartreuse Santa María

      June 2 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Réveil à quelques km de San Sebastian.

      À la base, on devait poursuivre le long de la côte tranquilement mais c'était sans compter les gris orages d'annoncés ⛈️.
      Ça n'aurait pas été un gros problème si on avait fait les réparations sur le toit avant. Mais comme la cigale 🦗, on a préféré profité du beau temps 😅.
      Résultat : changement de planning ➡️ direction plus au sud afin d'éviter le pire et surtout faire les réparations à l'abri de la pluie 😬.

      Depuis le début du voyage, ça a du être la distance la plus longue que l'on a faite en 1 journée : plus de 200km 🚌. On a quand même fait un arrêt à Vitoria-gasteiz histoire de couper le trajet.

      Arrivée à Burgos, on se trompe de chemin et finalement on tombe sur une magnifique chartreuse. Nickel pour le pique nique improvisé 😊🥪.
      On visite ensuite le bâtiment très bien conservé et avec beaucoup de reliques inestimables. Ce n'est pas ce qu'on mettrait chez nous, ou en meme en deco dans le van, (déjà çà ne passerait pas 😅) mais ça n'en reste pas moins impressionnant 😮.

      🦺GALÈRES 🚧 (suite et fin on espere 🤞)
      On se pose ensuite sur une aire de pique-nique à 3 km de Burgos pour faire (enfin) les réparations sur le toit. On a identifié, on espère, l'endroit problématique. On défait le mastic existant et on applique un nouveau. Il semble qu'il en manquait à un endroit donc on comble on comble, en espérant que cette fois-ci soit la bonne 🤞🍀.
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    • Day16

      Un poco del País Vasco / Baskenland

      July 26 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      [Ana, Deutsch unten]

      ¡La familia de Lucerna se reúne en Vitoria!
      Nos parece mentira, pero después de más de un año, nos volvemos a juntar todos. Bueno, casi todos... Sara se tuvo que quedar en Lucerna gracias a, una vez más, nuestro amigo el coronavirus.

      Hemos pasado dos días geniales en el País Vasco. El primer día fueron las fiestas de Santiago en Vitoria, que celebramos como si fueramos de allí, con la cuadrilla de Leire, y con mucho kalimotxo. Yo creo que los vascos están hechos de otro material... ¡vaya fiestas se gastan!
      El segundo día fuimos a pasar el día a Donosti, a su preciosa playa de la Concha. El sol brillaba y las olas eran enormes, y las risas y los abrazos no nos faltaron ni un momento.

      Para terminar, cenamos todos juntos con los padres de Leire, brindamos con Patxaran, y nos despedimos sin saber cuándo nos vamos a volver a ver, pero con la certeza de que sea cuando sea, va a ser siempre una maravilla.

      Lo bueno, si breve, se hace corto... pero somos muy buenos en disfrutar cada minuto.

      Mañana volvemos en taxi a por nuestro coche, y... vuelta a mi querida Asturias.

      Deutsch

      Die Familie aus Luzern trifft sich in Vitoria!
      Es ist kaum zu glauben, aber nach mehr als einem Jahr treffen wir uns alle wieder. Nun, fast alle von uns... Sara musste in Luzern bleiben, weil unser Freund, das Coronavirus, wieder einmal zugeschlagen hat.

      Wir haben zwei tolle Tage im Baskenland verbracht. Der erste Tag war das Fest des heiligen Jakobus in Vitoria, das wir feierten, als ob wir von dort kämen, mit Leires Gang und mit viel kalimotxo (Wein und Cola). Ich glaube, die Basken sind aus einem anderen Material... was für eine Party sie feiern!

      Drr zweite Tag verbrachten wir in Donosti (Dan Sebastian), am wunderschönen Strand Concha. Die Sonne schien, die Wellen waren riesig, und es gab keinen Mangel an Lachen und Umarmungen.

      Zum Abschluss assen wir alle gemeinsam mit Leires Eltern zu Abend, stiessen mit Patxaran an und verabschiedeten uns, ohne zu wissen, wann wir uns wiedersehen werden, aber mit der Gewissheit, dass es, wann auch immer es sein wird, immer schön sein wird.

      Eine gute Sache, wenn sie kurz ist, ist kurz... aber wir sind sehr gut darin, jede Minute davon zu geniessen.

      Morgen fahren wir mit dem Taxi zurück, um unser Auto abzuholen, und... zurück in mein geliebtes Asturien.
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    • Day8

      Short day to Vitoria

      June 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      I slept in till 7, made a coffee with my spiffy electric coil, and by 7:45 or so we were ambling our way to Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country.

      We passed a turn-off for a 2 km detour to the region’s “jewel of Romanesque” but since it is Monday and the church is closed, I passed on the chance to see the outside.

      We did go through a little town with a church with a Romanesque and doorway. Closed too, of course.

      The city of Vitoria has a beautiful downtown medieval core (was a walled city). Since the albergue didn’t open for almost two hours, we opted for a cheap pension in the old quarter. It’s fine.

      Currently icing my knee. Nothing to do before the 5 pm Cathedral tour except eat lunch, so I will rest up for a while now.
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      Traveler

      Sounds like an afternoon resting your knee is a good plan.

      6/12/19Reply
       
    • Day13

      Vitoria Gasteiz

      September 28, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      A stop to enjoy culture and gastronimy at 200%

      Traveler

      Hey, we're are you there? Looks interesting!

      9/29/19Reply
      Traveler

      Moin😁, what's going up in your country? Are you OK? Best to you and your family, piet from North-Friesland (Germany)

      10/20/19Reply
      Traveler

      Everything great, mate! Now in Portugal! I hope you're fine at home. I wish you a very happy new year!

      12/30/19Reply
       
    • Day18

      Vitoria-Gasteiz

      July 31, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Basque Autonomous Community in northern Spain. In the medieval quarter, the Gothic-style Santa María Cathedral features a sculpted facade and towering columns

      The 17th-century Plaza de la Virgen Blanca has a monument to the 1813 Battle of Vitoria. The Church of San Miguel has a large, baroque altarpiece and houses a statue of the White Virgin, the city’s patron saint

      Few places have two names like Vitoria-Gasteiz. The name "Nueva Victoria" was given to the city by King Sancho VI of Navarre, who founded Vitoria in 1181. At that time it was a walled defensive outpost belonging to the kingdom of Navarre. The name "Gasteiz" comes from a hamlet that used to stand on the hill around which our city is built.

      Historically, Victoria has always enjoyed a strategic position because it is situated on the shortest route between the tablelands of Castile and Northern Europe. Throughout its history, the city has always been known as an important trading centre. Historians record that there were three markets held every week in the 13th century and after 1399, there were two annual fairs attended by numerous visitors.

      Another important historical feature of the city is its individual privileges, which declared all its inhabitants to be equal, without distinction between nobles and the masses.
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    • Day19

      Santander - Spain

      August 1, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      The history of Santander goes back to the 1st century A.D. which is when the archaeological Roman remains found in the city have been dated. However, may historians go further back to the year 26 B.C. when during the Cantabrian Wars against Rome the Emperor Augustus wished to leave a record of his will to victory over the Cantabrians at the Portus Victoriae (Port of Victory)

      The first documented record of Santander appears in the privilege granted by Sancho II to the Monasterio de San Emeterio in 1068, from the Latin name of which (Sancti Emeterii) the current name of the city seems to originate

      Santander subsequently became an abbacy town and in 1187 was granted a privilege by Alfonso VIII. Moreover, Santander was one of the Four Sea Towns together with San Vicente, Laredo, and Castro Urdiales, and the ships that were to form the fleet of the Kingdom of Castile were built in their shipyards. An outstanding triumph of the Santander navy was the capture of Seville in 1248

      By the 13th century the town of Santander was grouped around two centres: the Old Town, in which the castle and the abbey-collegiate church stood out (the current area of the Cathedral and the Calle Alta), and the New Town (the area of Calle Santa Clara and Calle San Francisco), both of which are joined by a bridge and between which the building of Las Atarazanas would have been situated. However, its expansion was to be checked by a major setback: plague struck the town in 1497. For years Santander suffered the effects of depopulation and plague. Fortunately the opening of the Reinosa Road in 1753 led to the establishing of an important trade in wool and flour from Castile, especially as from 1765 when the Port of Santander was prepared for trade with the American colonies. At the same time the town was to undergo institutional changes: in 1754 it was chosen as the see of the Santander diocese and in 1755 King Ferdinand VI granted it the title of city. From then on Santander began to dominate the region and became its capital in 1801 with the creation of the Maritime Province of Santander

      The period of the true urban expansion of Santander was the 19th century. Although at the start of the century the city suffered the Napoleonic invasion, epidemics, and colonial crises, progress did not falter. The rise of the flour trade together with the importing of colonial produce encouraged the building of a railway between Alar del Rey and Santander. The Port of Santander had so much trade that it was even referred to as the Liverpool of Spain. This expansion was however cut short by the explosion on the quays of the ship Cabo Machichaco in 1893, which left 500 dead and injured thousands

      In summer 1861 Queen Isabel II decided to spend a few days on the beaches of El Sardinero; in gratitude the Town Council gave her the Alfonsina estate with the aim of her establishing her summer residence in Santander. Although this project did not come to fruition for political reasons, it was recovered by Alfonso XIII. The city therefore made a gift to the monarch of the land of the Península de la Magdalena and the palace of the same name, work on which was completed in 1912. Its construction encouraged that of some of the most emblematic buildings such as the Gran Casino, the Hotel Real, and the former Bellavista Racecourse.
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