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From Portugal to Port-bou via Santander in Spain


I came through Spain by the border of Chaves Portugal and I went towards Verin, Spain. I went to Burgos and visited the downtown where they have a spectacular Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral in Burgos, it was built in 1221. Later on, I hitchhiked and went to The basque region, I was picked up by a truck driver. I asked him to let me out after he started talking about saucage (chourizo). I suspected he was a homosexual and I was not interested. I was left in the mountains and it was really humid. I slept outside on the entrance of a church. It was a cold night. I remember that I was travelling through when I heard that the pope John Paulo had been shot on this fateful day, May 13, 1981.

In some way I ended up in Santander. This was one of most spectacular cities that I had seen in Spain. There are excellent beaches spread in between splendid cliffs. Contrarily to the rest of Spain the landscape is not arid. The whole town seemed that it was built on beautiful golf course. What I remember the most is the walk I took with a Spanish friend that I met in town. There was a narrow trail suspended dangerously on a cliff. Below, we could see the waves crashing and splashing. My friend was walking like he was in a sidewalk in Madrid. I was totally terrified and I preferred to crawl on my knees. I knew, one false step when I was gone. I took a picture of the Devil Bridge (Puente del Diabo). The place is by the Faro de Cabo Mayor near Cueto. Santander is also blessed with a Scotland-like castle called Palacio de la Magdelena it is surrounded by verdant grass and trees. It stands on top of a hill. In the distance you can see a great beach and the ocean. This area of Spain is probably one of the most beautiful of the country, but it's not well-known.

On my way back to Portugal. After visiting France I stopped at Port-Bou in Spain. In the cemetery, I was stunned to see people stacked on top of each other like in a drawer. There was also a nice beach. I also stopped in Zaragoza I visited the splendid Basilica del Pilar. This town is in a region that looks like a desert. The region seems to be very arid. In 1981 I visited Barcelona by myself. I visited and climbed my way to the top of one of the most fascinating churches in the world the Sagrada Familia. The church was built by Antoni Gaudi in 1882 and it still not totally finished. The tallest tower is 170 meters and it supposed to represent Christ, to reach the top you need to climb around 400 steps. I also went to the port there was a replica of the Santa Maria. It was great to go inside and see what the boats look like. We now have one in my hometown of Edmonton.

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Devil Bridge (Puente del Diabo) Santander
Devil Bridge (Puente del Diabo) Santander

Barcelona City Park
Barcelona City Park

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

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Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral in Burgos
Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral in Burgos

Port-bou Spain
Port-bou Spain

View of Barcelona taken from the Sagrada Familia
View of Barcelona taken from the Sagrada Familia