Pamplona to Lourdes ~ Visiting the Pyrenees and Lourdes is like visiting a little piece of Heaven on Earth

June 24th – 27th 2017 (Days 47 – 50) This week's photo shows the Notre Dame basilica above the Grotto in Lourdes with the mountains of the Pyrenees in the background. 2 weeks and 2 days after leaving Santiago in north-western Spain, I arrived in Lourdes. It was like going from the tourist hell on … Continue reading Pamplona to Lourdes ~ Visiting the Pyrenees and Lourdes is like visiting a little piece of Heaven on Earth

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Estella to Pamplona ~ Halfway with Hemingway at the bullring in Pamplona

June 23rd 2017 (Day 46) This week's photo shows me beside the Ernest Hemingway statue outside the bull-ring in Pamplona. I had cycled roughly 3,000 km to get to Pamplona and I was roughly at the halfway point on this year's Tour de Travoy. It was Hemingway that put Pamplona on the map when he … Continue reading Estella to Pamplona ~ Halfway with Hemingway at the bullring in Pamplona

Burgos to Estella ~ 2017 is bound to be a vintage year for red wine in the red hot Rioja region of Spain

June 20th – 22nd 2017 (Days 43 – 45) This week's photo shows some vineyards near the small town of Ventosa in the Rioja region of Spain. Rioja is famous for it's red wine but when I visited the region, it was it's red hot heat that I will remember the most. In this northern … Continue reading Burgos to Estella ~ 2017 is bound to be a vintage year for red wine in the red hot Rioja region of Spain

Leon to Burgos ~ Fierce heat altogether from the Sun of a Gun in Sahagun

June 17th – 19th 2017 (Days 40 – 42) This week's photo above shows a poster for a heavy metal band alongside a poster for a bullfight in the bull-ring in Sahagun.  Both the band and the bull look quite fierce but not half as fierce as the heat from the sun in Sahagun. It … Continue reading Leon to Burgos ~ Fierce heat altogether from the Sun of a Gun in Sahagun

Ponferrada to Leon ~ Almost end up in hospital in Hospital de Orbigo as my stomach casts me astray in Castilla y Leon

June 13th – 16th 2017 (Days 36 – 39) This week's photo shows a lorry tipped over on it's side on the A6 motorway near Manzanal del Puerto. I tweeted the photo the following day saying I needed a rest day or I would end up like the lorry on the motorway. But the day after … Continue reading Ponferrada to Leon ~ Almost end up in hospital in Hospital de Orbigo as my stomach casts me astray in Castilla y Leon

Santiago to Ponferrada ~ If Galicia is the Wild West of Spain, then Santiago is Dodge City and it was time to get out of Dodge

June 11th – 12th 2017 (Days 34 – 35) When I visited the Somme in 2015, the Thiepval Monument was covered in scaffolding as it was getting scrubbed up prior to the Centenary Commemorations in 2016. In a similar fashion, the one time I visit the the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago, it too … Continue reading Santiago to Ponferrada ~ If Galicia is the Wild West of Spain, then Santiago is Dodge City and it was time to get out of Dodge

Ribadeo to Santiago de Compostela – At times in Galicia, it felt like the end of the world

June 7th – 10th 2017 (Days 30 – 33) This week's photo shows the Tower of Hercules lighthouse in A Coruna. There has been a lighthouse at this location since Roman times and it is one of the most famous lighthouses in the world. Any medieval Irish pilgrims sailing from Ireland would have passed by … Continue reading Ribadeo to Santiago de Compostela – At times in Galicia, it felt like the end of the world

Gijon to Ribadeo – Stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, the Asturias has it all

June 4th – 6th 2017 (Days 27 – 29) This week's photo shows Santa Maria del Mar bay not far from Aviles in the Asturias. The Asturian coastline is full of secluded coves and unspoilt beaches like the one shown above. This must be at least the 20th photo of the Spanish coastline on this … Continue reading Gijon to Ribadeo – Stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, the Asturias has it all

San Vicente to Gijon – The Asturias has to be one of the best regions I have ever visited

May 31st – June 3rd 2017 (Days 23 – 26) This week's photo shows a smiling Fernando Alonso on the balcony of a house near Covadonga in the Asturias region of Spain. When I tweeted this photo, it caused quite a stir as Fernando had been making headlines that week-end by racing in Indianapolis in … Continue reading San Vicente to Gijon – The Asturias has to be one of the best regions I have ever visited

Bilbao to San Vicente – Cantabria should be re-named Canfabria as this region of Spain is as good as anywhere I have been

May 28th – 30th 2017 (Days 20 – 22) This week's photo shows the beach and harbour in the small resort of Comillas in western Cantabria. Very few tourists go to Cantabria compared to the numbers that visit other regions of Spain. But in my opinion, they are missing out on a treat as Cantabria … Continue reading Bilbao to San Vicente – Cantabria should be re-named Canfabria as this region of Spain is as good as anywhere I have been

Bilbao + San Sebastian – Rest and recuperation and lots of sightseeing in the 2 biggest cities in the Basque Country

May 26th – 27th 2017 (Days 18 – 19) It was Holy Communion weekend in San Sebastian and many of the bakeries and cake shops had shop window displays featuring Holy Communion figurines. Most of the displays were very elaborate and a lot of work must have gone into making the lollipops, chocolate figurines and iced … Continue reading Bilbao + San Sebastian – Rest and recuperation and lots of sightseeing in the 2 biggest cities in the Basque Country

St Jean de Luz to Bilbao – The Basque Country really basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine

May 23rd – 25th 2017 (Days 15 – 17) This week's photo shows the view of the Basque coastline from the Mirador de Mutriku viewpoint near to Deba. The Basque coastline is very similar to the Amalfi coast in Italy and I must have taken about 50 similar shots to the one above this week. … Continue reading St Jean de Luz to Bilbao – The Basque Country really basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine