FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Alcaníz to Barcelona, Spain

July 31, 2012 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Alcaníz to Barcelona, Spain 

Day 18 – Friday, July 27 – Alcaníz to Barcelona, Spain

Parador Courtyard


Church in Parador

  • chose Alcaníz stop to shorten drive back to Barcelona
  • only 200 kms drive today
  • don’t need Garmin & maps for next two weeks!
  • breaking up the driving with cruising
  • having someone else in charge of where we go
  • caught thief attempting to “pinch” the backpack off top of luggage yelled & he dropped it
  • got my “wake up call” to never, ever look away from belongings
  • get a taxi to ship terminal
  • arrive 1:40 pm


  • takes more time – only 2 lane roads through small towns

    More Parador

  • not having street signs that match Garmin directions
  • a bit difficult finding Hertz in downtown Barcelona
  • almost got backpack stolen in front of Hertz – only thing in it were passports

FF (FUN-fact) – Spain is the size of Nevada & Utah combined.

TIRA – (Things I Remembered After)

  • San Sebastian has a “mini Rio” feel with statue of Christ high on the hill overlooking the bay & city.
  • When ordering Spanish wine the degree of quality ranges from  –
  • Crianza – then Reserva – then Gran Reserva
  • 4 glasses of wine with 8 tapas & water only costs 9 Euro in Sigüenza.

Northern Spain Trip Recap – The major roads were great to drive on and well marked. Everyone is very nice & helpful (especially when we needed directions in town). The cities were clean and well maintained. Food & beverages were very reasonably priced. Pamplona was fabulous with its civilized debauchery – Santiago Cathedral was spectacular – Segovia’s main plaza was magical with the authentic local experience.

FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Sigüenza to Alcaníz, Spain

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Day 17 – Thursday, July 26 – Sigüenza to Alcaníz , Spain

Our Parador


  • breaking up the long drive back to Barcelona
  • only takes 3 hours
  • Garmin still works!
  • Parador is at the top of the hill overlooking town
  • dinner here is quite good again


  • kind of on Castle, Palace, Monastery, Church overload
  • feeling a bit sequestered up here so don’t venture down to town

FF (FUN-fact) – A cafeteria in Spain is a cafe that serves food all day.


FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Segovia to Sigüenza, Spain

July 27, 2012 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Segovia to Sigüenza, Spain 

Day 16 – Wednesday, July 25 – Segovia to Sigüenza , Spain



La Granja

  • freedom of having a car
  • being able to deviate from plans
  • take off instead of staying here 2 nights
  • Garmin still works!
  • stop @ La Granja Palace – aka “Mini Versailles” – includes palace, gardens and sculptural fountains – incredible amount of art, tapestries, furniture and paintings -painted ceilings with massive gold leaf detail are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen
  • arrive 4 pm to yet another cute Parador – old castle sits high atop the hill overlooking the very small town
  • 7 pm walk down to town takes 15 minutes – see Plaza Mayor & Church ending up in Alameda Park – where all the action is – several blocks long sitting @ outdoor cafe sipping wine and watching everyone
  • thunder in the distance cools the warm night air
  • 30 minutes later it’s pouring @ we’ve run across the street to sit in the restaurant
  • venture out in the rain to go 1 block down to recommended restaurant
  • El Doncel is excellent! – have scallop appetizer, nice mixed salad, & sea bass – more good wine – Carmelo Rodero Crianza
  • rain has stopped for walk back to Parador

La Granja


La Granja

  • can’t think of anything

FF (FUN-fact) – All over Spain when you order a drink you get free tapas – little mini sandwiches or a small portion of some other local dish.