Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sept 11, Day Two

A great day of sightseeing. We began with a walk through the
medieval hill town where we are staying (Sos Del Rey). We were fortunate enough to have a tour of the church given by the local parish priest. Some very interesting 13th Century Frescos, but he would not let us take pictures. On the but and off to Sanguesa famous for the stone carvings of the last judgement over the portal. There was also a town Basque festival going on. Firecrackers, cheering, and people dressed in white and red. Then to the Monastery of Leyre, which was my favorite stop of the day. Anything to do with Benedictines gets my interest, and this was a real gem. Not a whole lot of tourists around here, so one gets to soak up the quiet and peacefulness of this place, founded around 700 AD. A longest ride brought us to Jaca and a great lunch of local ham, salad, fish, and fantastic cheese cake. Not a good prelude to a visit to the Romanesque cathedral, which was dark and grim. Fortunately a chocolate shop across the street made up for. I had read about this place in a guide book, and it did not disappoint. I feel like I should get a rebate for all the candy the owner sold, and she was unaware that her shop was mentioned in print. The afternoon drive back was a time for nap and catching up on the journal.
It will soon be time to eat again!
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Location:Sos Del Rey

1 comment:

Susie said...

Enjoy 'coming along' on your trip to Spain--thanks!