In Vitoria-Gasteiz since yesterday. The city was founded over 900 years ago and the old town has an ancient feel.
Here’s a video of traditional dancing:
Open the door and build gardens (per Google translate).
There was a fair recreating the time of the Peninsular War against the French.
More great graffiti.
Writer Ignacio Aldecoa. Bookstores and monuments to writers and poets are all over Spain. People read!
Adorable tiny dogs in jackets abound; “los mascotas”.
Old city wall
We took a tour of the under-renovation cathedral.
Garden at the base of the Cathedral.
The Basque freedom organization, ETA, has disbanded but political prisoners are still held all over Spain. There is an effort to have them moved to prisons closer to families and to get proper medical care.
We’ve been in Donastia (San Sebastian), for the past couple of days. It has a Belle Époque feel; walking along the beach promenade I could picture women with parasols and men wearing straw hats.
I had some truly delicious slow cooked pork pintxos (small dishes) at La Cuchera de San Telmo.
All signs are in Spanish and Basque and it does sound very different from anything else I’ve ever heard. Our hotel receptionist was patient enough to teach me a few phrases:
- Kaixo (kaysho) – hello
- Eskerrik asko (eskerry asko) – thank you
We took the funicular up to the high point.
Playa de la Concha
Traditional women’s wear – banned by the church for being too suggestive!
River Urumea – incredible tidal flow