Tag Archives: Europe

Goofing With Cervantes

My childhood friends arrived in Madrid. A couple for the first time; another couple for the second time. Then there’s my sister visiting for the first time too, and my niece who’s based here but has not made the day … Continue reading

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LOURDES for the 6th Time

The first time I visited was all planned but nearly got shelved because of a major surgery. Then my surgeon said I could go a month after the surgery. I went. With a dear friend and a nephew. Three years … Continue reading

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Murallas de Pamplona

Mi apologia. But I can’t leave the subject of “Hemingway’s Pamplona” without mentioning the well-preserved murallas or walls of Pamplona. This fortified city may boast of the Encierro (the running of the bull) which is quite a spectacle like no … Continue reading

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Sheep Bells Through The Mist (SJPP to Valcarlos)

Stepped out of our Hotel Itzalpea at 7:30 this foggy morning. Skipped breakfast, thinking there’d be a cafe bar between Saint Jean Pied de Port and Valcarlos, the first town in Spain from the French border. Still Basque Country. In … Continue reading

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The Sun Also Rises in Pamplona

We skipped Pamplona the last time we were in this area. Not this time. I intend to walk my Camino here (from St. Jean Pied de Port or Roncesvalles) sometime in the near future so here I am. Con mi … Continue reading

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MISSING (IN) MADRID

    My Madrid visits typically count several weeks to a couple of months. While I miss my family here in Manila, I enjoy the solitude of being in a city where I hardly know anyone and barely understand the … Continue reading

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RONDA’s PUENTE NUEVO

The 18th century arch bridge is Ronda’s most famous landmark. It is a marvelous piece of architecture and engineering which took 42 years to build and claimed the lives of 50 construction workers. This 3-arch stone bridge built over the … Continue reading

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