Visiting the Pyrenees and Lourdes is like visiting a little piece of Heaven on Earth (2017 Days 47-50 Pamplona to Lourdes)

Today's featured 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 Earth that is Santiago to a little piece of … Continue reading Visiting the Pyrenees and Lourdes is like visiting a little piece of Heaven on Earth (2017 Days 47-50 Pamplona to Lourdes)

Halfway with Hemingway at the bullring in Pamplona (2017 Day 46 Estella to Pamplona)

Today's featured 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 went to the San Fermin … Continue reading Halfway with Hemingway at the bullring in Pamplona (2017 Day 46 Estella to Pamplona)

2017 is bound to be a vintage year for red wine in the red hot Rioja region of Spain (2017 Days 43-45 Burgos to Estella)

Today's featured 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 part of Spain, it rarely goes above 30 degrees … Continue reading 2017 is bound to be a vintage year for red wine in the red hot Rioja region of Spain (2017 Days 43-45 Burgos to Estella)

Fierce heat altogether from the Sun of a Gun in Sahagun (2017 Days 40-42 Leon to Burgos)

Today's featured photo above shows a poster for a heavy metal band alongside a poster for a bullfight in the bull-ring in Sahagun. ┬áBoth the band and the bull look quite fierce but not half as fierce as the heat from the sun in Sahagun. It was close to 40 degrees when I arrived at … Continue reading Fierce heat altogether from the Sun of a Gun in Sahagun (2017 Days 40-42 Leon to Burgos)

Almost end up in hospital in Hospital de Orbigo as my stomach casts me astray in Castilla y Leon (Ponferrada to Leon 2017 Days 36-39)

Today's featured 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 that, I ended up looking exactly like the … Continue reading Almost end up in hospital in Hospital de Orbigo as my stomach casts me astray in Castilla y Leon (Ponferrada to Leon 2017 Days 36-39)

If Galicia is the Wild West of Spain, then Santiago is Dodge City and it was time to get out of Dodge (2017 Days 34-35 Santiago to Ponferrada)

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 is covered in scaffolding. But if anything, the scaffolding … Continue reading If Galicia is the Wild West of Spain, then Santiago is Dodge City and it was time to get out of Dodge (2017 Days 34-35 Santiago to Ponferrada)

At times in Galicia, it felt like the end of the world (2017 Days 30-33 Ribadeo to Santiago de Compostela)

Today's featured 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 this lighthouse on their way to complete the Camino. … Continue reading At times in Galicia, it felt like the end of the world (2017 Days 30-33 Ribadeo to Santiago de Compostela)

Stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, the Asturias has it all (2017 Days 27-29 Gijon to Ribadeo)

Today's featured photo shows Santa Maria del Mar bay not far from Aviles in the Asturias. The Asturian coastline is full of secluded coves and un-spoilt beaches like the one shown above. This must be at least the 20th photo of the Spanish coastline on this year's Tour but I consider this is my best … Continue reading Stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, the Asturias has it all (2017 Days 27-29 Gijon to Ribadeo)

The Asturias has to be one of the best regions I have ever visited (2017 Days 23-26 San Vicente to Gijon)

Today's featured 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 the USA in the Indy 500 race. The photo is … Continue reading The Asturias has to be one of the best regions I have ever visited (2017 Days 23-26 San Vicente to Gijon)

Cantabria should be re-named Canfabria as this region of Spain is as good as anywhere I have been (2017 Days 20-22 Bilbao to San Vicente)

Today's featured 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 is full of tiny scenic beaches like the one … Continue reading Cantabria should be re-named Canfabria as this region of Spain is as good as anywhere I have been (2017 Days 20-22 Bilbao to San Vicente)

Rest and recuperation and lots of sightseeing in the 2 biggest cities in the Basque Country (2017 Days 18-19 Bilbao + San Sebastian)

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 cakes shown above. Earlier, I had met up … Continue reading Rest and recuperation and lots of sightseeing in the 2 biggest cities in the Basque Country (2017 Days 18-19 Bilbao + San Sebastian)

The Basque Country really basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine ( 2017 Days 15-17 St Jean de Luz to Bilbao)

Today's featured 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. The coastline is incredibly beautiful when the sun is … Continue reading The Basque Country really basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine ( 2017 Days 15-17 St Jean de Luz to Bilbao)