Day 58 – Zaragoza

No cycling today; Lots to see and do – in fact, so much that I’ve booked another day here.

The Spanish word for retired people is Jubilados; a term I love. So much better than pensioner, or senior, or Old Fart 🙂 I used my ACT Jubilados card today, and saved Euros everywhere….

The floor to ceiling window in my room has a metal shutter you can raise or lower by pulling a lanyard next to the window; it cuts out 99% of the light, and as my window faces due East, and the church, basilic and cathedral are all floodlit at night, I lowered it so I could sleep. When I tried to raise it this morning, whatever ratchet mechanism there is to keep it open failed; I pulled the lanyard, got the shutter up, and had to wrap the lanyard around the window latch to stop the shutter falling.

Rosalie rang, and we had a chat. Someone got into the i30 and took the USB player and other incosequential, but inconvenience-causing,  items. Bastard.  It’s also our 27th wediing anniversary – which I had, again, forgotten.

Showered, downstairs for breakfast, and told reception about the shutter. Breakfast was a great spread; three huge plates of scrambled eggs, one with spring onion, one with potato, and one with courgette; lots of sliced fruit, croissants, cakes, and cornflakes. There was muesli, bu it was that toasted stuff, which is basically fat and sugar – not a good cereal; even chocolate coated sugar frosty bombs have more nutrition.

So – onion scrambled eggs,  a big bowl of cornflakes, two croissants, coffee and fresh OJ. Awesome start to the day. Back up to my room, and housekeeping had fixed the shutter; new towels, bed made, new shampoo sachets.

I checked my map – still not sure about my route out of here to Huesca – so walked down to the river Ebro, crossed the old bridge

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(one lane only, and for traffic coming into town, so I’ll push mu bike over. Sorted out the route (the first three km anyway) , then walked along the West bank, which is all units and car repair places. Funny how there’s always a right and a wrong side when a city straddles a river, or a railway line, or any other major barrier – look at Canberra – everyone feels for the poor sods who live on the South side of the lake 🙂

I crossed over at the next bridge, back next to the Plaza Pilar, and then wandered left and right up the narrow streets, seeing some amazing graffiti

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among the usual humdrum crap, heading for the Aljaferia palace.

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Magnificent; stonework like lace, moorish architecture overlaid with later Christian elements, all brilliantly restored, and now it’s part museum, part tourist highlight, and part state government’s parliament. 1 Euro for jubilados, with a free audio guide. Younguns have to pay 5 Euro to get in, and 3 for the audio. That took most of the morning; I meandered back towards the hotel via the fresh produce market – flowers, fruit, fish, meat, vegetables, bread; a vibrant, and very busy, building just on the edge of the old town.

I bought some postcards, got to the hotel around 1:30,  Had a long, leisurely lunch while I wrote what are probably the last cards I’ll send, then had a snooze.

I “did” the basilica this afternoon, and a couple of nearby churches; I’m saving the cathedral for tomorrow – there was a long queue to get in, including a few school groups, and there a lot of stuff just South of the Plaza Pilar I haven’t seen yet.

That’s tomorrow’s treat. It’s a great city to visit – I’m loving it’s vibe, and it’s value.

See you down the road.

 

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