Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 02, 2009

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

June 14, Sunday

I think I lost a day somewhere along the line. Anyway we left this morning after a long wait for the woman to come at 10, she was late, as the elderly man on the reception did not know how to take a credit card payment.  So much for being ready to leave 1 hour before our scheduled time, we left late.

We are on toll highways to get us to and around Barcelona.  They are pretty cheap and short ones.  We are on our way to Zaragoza on the west side of Spain. 

We go through farm land, then fruit orchards, we couldn't figure out what they grown, but there are lots of fruit packing plants along the highway.  I kept thinking there would be fruit stands somewhere, but they never materialized.

At lunch time we stopped at a rest area along the highway.  It is quite warm, but the clouds are protecting us from the sun.  When it comes out, it is very hot.

We are in cattle and pig country, we sure can smell it all along.  We do have the air on open windows wide!  We stopped at a gas station to get a slurpee, it was closed so had to walk across the highway to the station there to get a couple of pop.  No slurpees here!  We see a couple of huge statues of bull cows on hill tops and interesting signs along the way for Canada, there is a squiggly over the n.

The GPS won’t accept the address I had for a campground so when we get to Zaragoza so we decide to go into the town.  We see 4 spires, it is either a church or a mosque, I think the first.  Lucky choice of turn-offs as we end up right at the Church.

We find a parking spot and walk back across the river to look at the beautiful church.  The sign on the bridge says 15.23 and 33 degrees, yes, it is very hot.  We walk past some Roman shop ruins and their great sewage system.  There is a statue of Caesar Augustus with stone arched walls behind him.  Some of the brick work here is the influence of the Muslim era.

The Basilica de Nuestra Sra. Del Pilar is really beautiful outside, with statues along the top, colourful tiles on the roof and about 8 spires of various lengths with something different on top of each pillar.

The inside is incredible with extremely high ceilings, with paintings on the tops and plaster angels and cherubs all around.

The organ is huge and the choir area is wood chairs and walls with ornate carvings on the wood.  The nave is incredible with so many carvings and niches to look at.

Around the corner there is a silver coffin or tomb, but it isn’t stated whose it is.

At the end of the church there is the Virgin Mary chapel.  It is like a church within a church.  We enjoyed our time inside looking at the architect, the wooden doors and the paintings, just a few pictures to look at.  It was nice and cool inside.

We take a hotel for the night as it is now 35+ degrees.  We will have a look around again tomorrow.
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