Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza, Spain

We arrived there in the evening, coming from Segovia...

Zaragoza, situated on the river Ebro, is the capital of Aragon, an autonomous Spanish community.

We had our dinner in front of the Basilica-Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar, praised as Mother of the Hispanic Peoples by Pope John Paul II.

From Zaragoza

This Cathedral is reputed to be the first church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

According to the local tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared miraculously, in the first century, standing on a pillar, to Saint James the Great.

Today, 12 October, Zaragoza celebrates "Las Fiestas del Pilar".

Also today, Spain celebrates El Día de la Hispanidad (Columbus Day, literally Hispanic Day), since it's the day of the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Here, two photos of the Cathedral surroundings...

From Zaragoza

From Zaragoza

I made this video on the following day, after visiting the Cathedral....

I hope you have enjoyed travel with me ;-) This is the last entry about my Summer vacation ;-) Stay well!! ;-)

Paco de Lucia, Entre Dos Aguas (1976)


Margarida Elias said...

Fiquei intrigada com aquela esfera junto da catedral. O que é? Gostei muito do post, com mais uma sugestão de um sítio a visitar.

Presépio no Canal said...

Ola, Margarida ;-)

Parece-me que a esfera, ou esta integrada no restauro da Praca para a Expo 2008, ou na candidatura a Capital Europeia da Cultura em 2016.
Mas nao sei pormenores...chegamos, jantamos numa esplanada, caminhamos um bocadinho por ali e fomos logo dormir, pois estavamos cansados da viagem. Na manha seguinte, nao me lembrei de ver...por acaso, foi pena.

Bjs!! ;-)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

SANDRA! This is WONDERFUL! AND PACO DE LUCIA??? HE is our favorite, and wouldn't you know, the YOUTUBE doesn't work! I keep hitting the arrow to no avail! I will look for this video....fantastic vacation dear one! Anita

Presépio no Canal said...

Hallo, dear Anita ;-)

Paco and Al Di Meola...amo!! Good luck with Youtube!!

Jacoba said...

Goede morgen!
How sad this is the last post about your vacation. Very beautiful pictures and I can imagine they bring back nice memories of all the wonderful things you saw this summer.
Your background picture takes me back to times spent in Switzerland, so we all keep dreaming on about Europe through your pictures.

Thanks for your enthousiastic comment on my Japanese teacup post. Your advise is very much appreciated and I have visited the website of the museum. In the mean time I found info on Wikepidia on 'lithopane', a 3 dimensional way of adding pictures to china. Highly interesting. I have added a link to this info on the post, and also added two more detailed pictures.

I am looking forward to your next posts, no doubt about the fabulous places where you have been.
Fijne dag en geniet van de zon!
Hartelijke groeten van Jacoba

Presépio no Canal said...

Goede morgen, Jacoba! ;-)

I must come back then to your post to see the new links...:-) Now, I am curious!!

Fijne dag en geniet van de zon! ;-)

(However, the sun is very shy today around here. Yesterday, was so gorgeous, Jacoba!!! Oh la,la!)

Hartelijk groten/Beijinhos!!! ;-)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH SANDRA!!!!! I wish I could record myself, but I have to take some time to learn how to record!!!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS COMMENTS and lovely, wonderful friendship that is felt across the big ocean!

Have a magnificent day, Anita

ana said...

Adoro Paco de Lucia. Obrigada por este belo momento em imagem e em som.
Boa noite!:)

Presépio no Canal said...

Boa noite, Ana ;-)

Sara said...

Andei aqui a deliciar-me com estas cidades espanholas. Segóvia é uma cidade que gostaria muito de visitar, consta mesmo da minha lista de "must go, someday" :)
É sempre um prazer vir cá! Numa altura em que o trabalho se impõe, é sempre uma alternativa para manter a vontade de "ir" :)

Beijinhos! :)

Presépio no Canal said...

Ola ;-) percebo o que queres dizer...as vezes, faz falta olhar para o sonho para ir buscar forcas para a realidade... certo? ;-)

Beijinhos! Obrigada por vires sempre ;-)