Into the Pyrenees – 4- on the Spanish Side

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Now it’s the Altos Pireneos

On the Spanish side

Green high fields

Bringing back memories of the North West of Spain

The quaint villages

And the friendly Spanish people

Camp where ever like and come and register when your ready.

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Into the Pyrenees – 1 – Cauterets, the Pont d’ Espagna, and the World Cup win

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France wins and Cauterets celebrates

In a quite valley

In the Pyrenees

A few sort miles from Spain

Over the Pont d’ Espagna

Cascading

Water

Bringing joy and beauty

On the bridge to Spain

In the Haute Pyrenees

And in bars in Cauterets the faithful watch the world cup being won

And the Gendarme too sounded the victory siren

In Cauterets when France won the World Cup.

Impressions of North West Spain – part 4, the culture.

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Pouring sidr in Cangas de Onis

Friendly

Diverse

Lively

Passionate

Yes the culture of Spain but the north west is a little different

Maybe it’s the Comino de Santiago

Or the hydrangeas that are every where

The pipes being played at the cathedral in Santiago de Compestela

Or could it be the thermal pools in Ourense, free for the public to use

But I think it’s the vast greenness and amazing Lakes and rivers.

Impressions of North West Spain. Part 3, the beaches.

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Bay of Cathedrals

The Atlantic

The Bay of Biscay

Cold clear waters

Wrapping round North West Spain

Shaping the land

Forming sandy beaches

Atlantic Coast beaches

Roads winding around the coastline

And the sun setting over the Atlantic.

Impressions of the north west of Spain – part 2,the mountains

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Looking to the Picos de Europa from Potes

The Picos epitomise the mountains of North West Spain.

High

Views of the Picos de Europa

And for the bike rider. The toads to get there.

And camping camping in the lush green of North West Spain

Impressions of North West Spain – Bilbao

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It’s late June 2018

World cup fever grips Europe

Do you follow football? I ask my Spanish companion.

Si, was his reply.

I started to commiserate about Spain’s poor performance.

Quickly he responsponed. I don’t support Spain. I’m Basque.

In time I learn how different north west Spain is.

Ready to alight the ferry in Bilbao

Bilbao of course is a little different

There is the Guggenheim

With its amazing installations

To add to the old city

The beaches and harbours

But then there is the green.

The thing that is different about north west Spain is its the green Spain.

Next stop

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Bilbao

Spain

Passionate Spain

Gateway to Galicia

Another Celtic nation

The night ferry said goodbye to England

Departing Portsmouth

Along the coast of France

Across the Bay of Biscay

The often wild sea a mill pond on this crossing.

Its night

The morning brings Spain

Ready to catch the ferry to Bilbao with fellow bikers

Passion for Spain

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Break dancing in Puerto del Sol\

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In Puerto del Sol, Madrid

The wild break dancer

Spinning

On his back

His shoulder

Lithe

Strong

Passion for the night

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Passion

The dancer

In the Flamenco Cave

The flashing of the legs

The swirling of the skirts

The staccato beating of the feet

Hard on the floor

Driving the beating of the heart

The Dance of Passion

Looking forward to visiting Spain again to indulge the passion

Impressions of Spain 3 – Alhambra

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Alhambra

Sitting below the Sierra Nevada and above the fertile plane of Granada

is The Red

Alhambra

The site chosen by the Romans for a fort

Bought to its glory by the Moors as Christian Europe languished in its Dark Ages

Magnificent architecture

 

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Summer House at Alhambra

 

 

Mosaics

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Gardens

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Bought into flourish by the Nasrid Sultans over 700 years

Then occupied by Ferdinand and Isabella

Driving Islam out or Spain and establishing themselves as the Catholic Kings

In the Palace, Isabella signed the orders for Columbus to sail in search of the Americas

The dawn of the Golden Age

 

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Alhambra Palace

The centre of old Granada

Overlooking the Albacain, the Arab quarter

 

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The Albacain from Alhambra

 

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Plaza Aliatar at night in the Albacain

 

 

Ransacked by Napoleon’s troops in 1882

Alhambra still stands magnificent even though losing its former glory.

Impressions of Spain 2 – Cadiz

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Cadiz

Old City

3000 years old

Inhabited by

Phoenicians

Romans

Goths

Moors

Through to

the Spanish “Golden Years”

 

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Walls of Old Cadiz

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Castillo de San Sebastian

 

Flourishing

Gold and other trade from the Americas

Trading through its port

Building a flourishing city

Grand Cathedral

 

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Cadiz Cathedral

 

 

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Henry Moore’s Reclining Woman beside the Cadiz Cathedral

Filled with the silver and gold

flowing from the Americas

 

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Silver alter in a Cathedral chapel

Now a coastal tourist city

Port of ferries, cruise and cargo ships

old town and new

new ways and old

The wonderful passion of spain