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  • Day8

    Euro5000: Barcelona to Zaragossa

    September 14, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    European5000 - Stage 8: Coastal warm-up and a pre-desert drive with astonishing views & fabulous mountain-roads! #European5000 #TeamPetitBateau #PetitBateau #NavarraDesertIsCommingCloser #Zaragossa #JimmyFrey #HijIsHierNooitGeweest #HijHeeftHetMijZelfGezegd #E38 #728 #NextStopPamplona

  • Day31

    Y Viva España - Zaragoza

    October 3, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Back to school - Hieß es für uns diese Woche! Wir haben in Zaragoza eine Woche lang Spanischunterricht genommen und obwohl es eine ganz schöne Umstellung war wieder jeden Morgen um neun zum Unterricht zu gehen, hatten wir ziemlich viel Spaß. Können wir jetzt Spanisch? Hablamos un poco español - Da ist definitiv noch Luft nach oben, aber wir üben fleißig weiter.... Diese Woche war in Zaragoza einiges los, da gestern offiziell die Fiestas del Pilar begonnen haben und die Stadt sich eine Woche im Ausnahmezustand befindet. Das Ganze hat ein bisschen was von Karneval, manche verkleiden sich sogar, es gibt Umzüge, Feuerwerk und alle feiern die Jungfrau el Pilar, natürlich begleitet von literweise Cerveza🍺 und Vino🍷 - Also genau nach unserem Geschmack!Read more

  • Day848

    Zaragoza - Caesaraugustus

    October 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We have driven past Zaragoza, Spain's 5th largest city, a couple of times having been unable to find a decent place to stay. But a great municipal aire with a tram stop next to it gave us the opportunity to finally see the city.

    The Romans founded Caesaraugustus (from which Zaragoza is derived) in 14 BC and, during the 1 & 2 centuries AD, large public works were undertaken to create a city of splendour that reigned as one the Iberia's most important commercial centres. Then the Visigoths arrived and sacked the place in 472 AD.

    As medieval Zaragoza developed, Caesaraugustus lay buried and forgotten for 1500 years. Incredibly, it was only in the 1990's while excavating building works were taking place that the hidden treasures below the ground were revealed. We have visited numerous Roman theatres in our travels and, though this one was not as in tact as others, the way in which it was displayed, explained and re-created was by far the best and we learnt so much. Did you know that the Romans used concrete and boards to create walls which were then finished with alabaster, marble or smooth stone?

    The Basilica de Nuestra Senõra del Pilar is one of the best we have ever visited. Located on the huge Plaza del Pilar, the exterior is a feast for the eyes but the spacious, baroque interior, with inner dome, complete with frescoes by Goya, is something else. Many pilgrims visit the Basilica as the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared here atop a marble pillar (pilar).

    The famous painter Francisco de Goya was born nearby and we found out all about him and his art with a visit to the Museo Goya, recently refurbished and well laid out over three floors.

    The free aire only allowed us to stay for 3 days so it was time to go but we could easily have stayed longer. Now we know where to stay, we shall definitely be returning to see the other magnificent sights we didn't have time for on this trip.
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  • Day586


    February 2, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    Zaragosza, the regional capital of Aragón, is Spain's fifth largest city and one the Lonley Planet recommended visiting. We drove the short distance and parked up on a rough ground car park under one of the many bridges crossing the Río Ebro. There was an amazing two-way cycle track with low friction surface leading along the river to the very heart of the city 2km away.

    The first sight that really made an impact was the waterside Basìlica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, a huge church with domes, spires and 4 towers, one at each corner. At 130m x 67m it was a large building and its white, yellow and blue patterned domes made a striking impression. Securing the tandem in a bike rack off the large main square, we entered the Catholic basilica. In contrast to Barcelona's light, airy and colourful church, this had rather an oppressive feel, despite the light stone pillars lining the aisles. Photography wasn't permitted but we'll describe it the best we can. Chapels branched off the aisles and mass was taking place in a central chapel at the south end of the nave. People gathered to echo prayers projected via speakers and we passed someone kneeling at a confessional, pouring her heart out to a richly robed man seated in the small, ornately carved wooden box. Domed ceilings contained frescos by Francisco Goya and there were a lot of carved stone statues on the walls. Much of it was darkened with age and the smoke of incense from silver censers suspended high up.

    We made our way to the north tower where we secured a ride in the glass elevator with a surly assistant. It shot up and we stepped out to an open air and windy section of the tower, with views over the basilica roof, river and city to the hills beyond. From here we climbed ever narrowing stairways and eventually emerged from a tight spiral of metal, wood and glass, to a panoramic view through windows. The space was cramped but there were only a couple of others with us at any one point and we were able to spend time taking in Zaragoza's sand coloured buildings stretched out below.

    From the vantage point we spotted a small market in the square below and made a beeline for it after the basilica. This stalls specialised in organic produce, so we got some local eggs, a small box of saffron and some goats cheese flavoured with this spice, which we thought might be interesting to try.

    Time was getting on and we had looked up a vegan restaurant for lunch. The city had quite a few vegan or vegetarian eateries, as well as organic and healthfood stores. We are still trying to adjust to Spain's opening hours and as El Plato Reberde didn't open until 1pm we whiled a little time by walking the surrounding neighbourhood and being buzzed into a hippy shop by yet another surly looking assistant. It was difficult to put a finger on it, but we weren't getting a good vibe from the city. People seemed self absorbed and Vicky had been bumped into more than once. Despite having checked the restaurant's opening hours and Facebook page, 1pm came and went, but its doors remained closed. We were less than impressed but headed towards another nearby that had been recommended by users on the Happy Cow app. La Retama was a veggie restaurant the 1st floor that seated around 20. We were the first to arrive and the dining room was cold but the staff friendly. We ordered the 3 course options menu but didn't receive any bread as promised. Will is still building confidence in his Spanish so we didn't point it out. The food was well presented but bland and we left disappointed.

    The final attraction we wanted to visit were four underground museums showcasing parts of a Roman city. Arriving at the first, the remains of public baths, we found it to be closed. The opening hours were 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 9pm. We decided we didn't have the energy to return in several hours time and made our way back to the van. We could have stayed where we were but despite the highlight of the trip up the tower, we hadn't had a particularly positive experience in Zaragoza and wanted to move on.
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  • Mar24

    In der Stadt Zaragoza

    March 24, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Nach Valencia haben wir uns entschieden ins Landesinnere von Spanien zu fahren, um dann irgendwann in die Pyrenäen zu gelangen. So sind wir in die wunderschöne Stadt Zaragoza gekommen und haben hier zwei Nächte auf einem kostenlosen Stellplatz verbracht. Meistens sind diese Plätze neben einem Fussballplatz, so auch hier. :-)Read more

  • Day3

    Stupidity accepted

    May 31, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Air con caused some dehydration issues - nothing that a face filling breakie couldn't solve. Bit more chaotic today. Liz a little delicate - sun burn still causing issues. Accepted that it was her own fault for not putting on sun block initially - silly girl. Packed up & hit the road - well walked to the car hire place. Unfortunately got an upgrade. Picked it up @ an upscale hotel so a small car to a rich bugger is not what I class as small. Driving round Madrid & its compact car parks is going to be challenging. What was also challenging was linking my phone & navigating round Barcelona & listening to LFC related podcasts all at the same time. Didn't crash... somehow. Small matter of 200 miles passed easily - listening to the King pontificate on the final. Checked in to find the pool wasn't open - too cold!!! How hot do they need it. Decided to check out Zaragoza after Liz had washed her hair. Some mad roundabouts later we found ourselves admiring the cathedral. You know it's a big church when it can accomodate mass & a wedding seperately. Snuck in to find the tower - just in time. Great views & then back for a bargain tea.Read more

  • Day64

    Day 64: Northwards to Zaragoza

    April 20, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Long day of driving today! We were heading back north again after another spell in the centre of Spain. Today's trip was about 4 hours in total, north and vaguely east to the city of Zaragoza, for - of course - another World Heritage site!

    We left after a relaxed breakfast and hit the road. First stop was approx 2 hours into the drive at the small hilltop town of Teruel which lay directly in our path. The World Heritage site we were visiting today is the "Mudjar Architecture of Aragon", and although the buildings are mostly concentrated in Zaragoza, a handful are in Teruel as well so we decided to pull over and stretch our legs.

    Had a look around the town for a little while, though it was quite high in the mountains, overcast and bitterly cold thanks to a searching wind. The architecture was nice, though at times difficult to see thanks to surrounding buildings and the bright white clouds making photography difficult.

    I should explain as well that Mudejar architecture is an Islamic style practised by the Muslims who remained in Spain after the Christian reconquests in the Middle Ages. Generally speaking, they were allowed to continue practising Islam until fairly late (15th century I think), though forced conversions and expulsions eventually happened en masse.

    But the architectural legacy left behind is very beautiful, lots of tiling, intricate patterns and uniquely, large structures like churches built from bricks rather than stone blocks - I'm told it's because Muslims believe the only permanent thing is Allah, so they expect their creations to have a shelf life rather than last forever.

    We moved on from Teruel and continued the last two hours of our drive north to Zaragoza, with only a brief stop on the outskirts for our typical driving day lunch (McDonalds).

    Our apartment was in downtown Zaragoza, so we parked up nearby and started exploring again, not being able to check in until later. There were a couple of churches and towers to look at, so we did that and got our filming done as well. Some people recommend going inside the churches, others don't, but with fairly steep entry prices and the dog in tow we decided against it.

    5pm rolled around and we met our host for the evening. We were essentially staying in the guest bedroom of the flat he shares with his girlfriend, so it was a slightly odd situation. We dropped our stuff off and went back out, visiting the last couple of sites and most importantly, the large Muslim palace that still exists in the centre of town. We'd hoped to tour this one as dogs were allowed on the grounds, but these days it's used as the parliament building for the Aragon government, and they were in session today so entry wasn't permitted! Alas. The outside was very nice though!

    Decided to have dinner in tonight as we'd had a few expensive meals in a row. Grabbed a baguette, some meats and cheese and feasted on that back in the apartment while we did some work and planning. Our host Sergio and his girlfriend were both in their bedroom with the door shut so we basically had the run of the place. A little odd, but at least we're moving on tomorrow!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Zaragoza, Saragossa, ZGZ, سرقسطة, ساراجوسا, Saraqosa, Сарагоса, سەرەگۆسا, Σαραγόσα, Zaragozo, Çaragoça, ساراگوسا, Saragosse, Salduie, סרגוסה, Սարագոսա, ZAZ, Saragozza, サラゴサ, სარაგოსა, 사라고사, Caesarea Augusta, Saragosa, Saragoza, Сарагосо, सारागोसा, Żaragoża, Сарагосæ, ਤਾਰਾਗੋਤਾ, Saragòssa, 50001, Saragoça, ซาราโกซา, סאראגאסא, 萨拉戈萨

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