07.09.2007 30 °C
An update, and some more photos from Zaragoza Spain. Zaragoza was full of suprises. At first sight it did not appeal to us all that much. Its a very big city, EXTREMELY hot and not as ´pretty´as some of the other places we have visited. But on closer inspection it had quite a bit to offer. The main tourist attraction here is the Basillica de Nuestra Señora del pillar. Here is a view from the top:
Pilgrims come here to kiss the stone which apparently the Virgin Mary touched. We didnt do this... but we did climb to the top and had a very windy experience!
One of the best things about Zaragoza is all of the little plazas that can be found if you walk through the maze of streets. We had a great one just outside of the pension we were staying at.
A great spot to enjoy a beer on a hot afternoon. Also a good time for people watching, as everyone goes out around 5pm for drinks and socialising. Including the kids! They play all night on the streets till about midnight.
We had our first real tapa crawl night in Zaragoza. It was great! First we found this fantastic place that only serves sardines. It was really cheap and a great feed.
This was followed by a trip to the famous tapa street in Zaragoza. Here is a photo of the two most popular places. They were both packed when we got there!
First up we had mussels, which werent really very good. Then we went to the calamari place which specialises in fried calamari ring sandwiches doused in a bucket of mayonaise style sauce. We opted out on the sandwich, but had the calamari. It was really good, but made us feel sick afterwards! hehehe
Zaragoza also had a nice market
and the Aljaferia, which was a Muslim palace in its time
We also discovered here that Ben goes craaaazy during siesta! He really was ready for his next beer here
The best thing ever happened on our last day when we had a few hours to kill before going to catch our next train. I saw some people dressed up walking down the street and was wondering what they were doing when all the sudden there were heaps of them! It turned out to be the International Folk Festival and we got to watch a great parade with music and dancing. Lots of countries were represented, but sadly not Australia. We were tempted to break out the didgeridoos but alas we left them at home. The costumes were really beautiful and full of colour and it was really cool to see. The streets were lined with locals young and old who wanted to catch a glimpse of what was going on.