Where does one go, on an Easter school break?
Out of Bilbao, perhaps?
West? Center? South?
|Yes, we did. :)|
The Becky and Wander Iggy embarked on their first ever woman-doll *solo* travel during the holy week break. They took the bus from Bilbao to Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela to Burgos to Granada to Sevilla to Salamanca, and back to Bilbao in six days.
This covered the provinces of Asturias, Galicia, Castille y Leon and Andalucia. 5 words to sum it up: trip of a life time.
Oviedo, which is the capital city of Asturias as charming. No wonder Woody Allen loved it here. It was a mixture of old and new, without losing that authentic Asturias flavour (simply means: sidras (or cider) abound, and glorious ). Wander Iggy with the sculpture called 'The Traveller'.
DAY 2: Santiago de Compostela
Being the capital of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is famous for being the final destination of the Camino de Santiago (St James' Way). Pilgrims arrive in hoards, all happy and excited. It's all positive energy everywhere, where you can see a very diverse type of people hugging and chit chatting.
This archway leads to the square fronting the cathedral. Walking in you can hear Celtic music playing in the background, completing the whole magical experience. NB: It's been known that Galicia shares some of it's history with Ireland.
Being the foodie that she is, Wander Iggy made sure we tasted the Pulpo Gallego.
Verdict: all worth the long bus ride.
We stayed in this hostal which has this view from the dining area.
Short stop to Burgos on a Good Friday morning. Burgos is known for its many churches.
and El Cid Compeador. :)
Wander Iggy's baby sister demanded to have pictures of herself taken.
And that they must be solo pictures.
Venturing towards the South, mainly Al andalus, it was a different Spain altogether. It was a very fascinating moment--all these striking differences sinking in, giving you a better picture of the country.
Wander Iggy at the Mirador San Nicolas, overlooking the Alhambra.
DAY 5: Sevilla
Sevillas was like a scene out of the movies, during the time of the Dons y Doñas.
Our first Flamenco performance ever. Very memorable night.
DAY 6: Salamanca
On our way to Bilbao, we stopped by a few hours at Salamanca.
Okay, we had our regular Salamanca fare-- pinchos de planchadas. :)