Vitoria-Gasteiz, Capital of Spanish Basque Country

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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).

Countryside

Art museum

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

Traditional bread

Wall art

Window display

Spring

Traditional dancers

We took a tour of the under-renovation cathedral.

More!

Old town


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.

Main square

San Sebastián 

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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.

Downtown

Playa de la Concha


Carousel


Traditional women’s wear – banned by the church for being too suggestive!

Plays

Liberation

City services

Old town

River Urumea – incredible tidal flow

    Burgos!

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    Burgos is one of the provincial capitals in Castille – Leon with a lovely river walk and amazing Gothic architecture.

    El Cid

    City gate

    Cathedral

    Cathedral

    Cathedral

    Yes, cathedral!

    Other city gate

    View from castle on hill destroyed by Napoleon’s forces.

    Río Arlanzon

    Gate

    Las Huelgas Monastery – worth visiting!

    Favorite son – El Cid

    Cathedral

    Stained glass

    Letter slot

    Yup, Cathedral!

    More fabulous doors.

    Adiós Salamanca 

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    After a month of studying it’s time to leave this gorgeous city.

    Convento de San Estaban

    I wonder who this was?

    Another mystery face.

    Happy pig

    Small dogs with jackets are everywhere.

    Our street

    Train station

    More San Esteban

    Reliquia

    Old town

    Una fiesta

    Menú de día

    Catedral

    University

    Old library

    University courtyard

    University chapel

    Snow in Salamanca!

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    The temp dropped from 70 to 28 degrees and yesterday we woke up to snow. This is the first time it didn’t melt in many years.

    Plaza de la Escuela Menor

    Puente Romano

    Reflections

    River Tormes

    Plaza

    University

    Cathedral door

    Still snowing!

    Park

    Huerta de Calixta

    Grand Cathedral

    Next to library

    Salamanca Scenes

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    There’s so much to see in this historic place.

    Roman bridge

    Building detail from Saint Esteban Monastery.

    St. Esteban

    Mirror at St. Esteban

    Detail

    Monastery

    Cathedral at night.

    Salamanca

    Tormes River

    A rare rainy day.

    Statue in Calixta garden

    Bridge

    Bullfighters advertising in the Plaza Mayor.

    Mirador