Suddenly, it clicks
|The Basilica of the Virgen del Pilar, Spain's national saint.|
We knew this would be a very different break to many we've had; two seiges in the early 1800s wrecked the city, so it's architecturally very modern, with a smattering of older buildings. (I think of anything after 1800 as pretty recent!) It's not a massively touristy destination either.
We love Spain, so thought that wouldn't be a problem - but we hadn't expected it to be so quiet earlier in the week. I mean, it was dead. And all the things we were going to see seemed to be surrounded by housing blocks, so walking between them didn't feel particularly relaxing. Normally the Spanish cities we visit have an old town area, but thanks to Zaragoza's turbulent history, it doesn't have an ancient district of mazy streets and tiny, captivating plazas.
So, what clicked today? Not sure. We've been to see loads of sights - origami museum, Roman theatre, Rosario del Cristal (a collection of stained-glass parade floats that are lit up and carried through the streets in honour of the Virgen del Pilar, patron of Spain. We visited the Basilica, which houses said Virgin, and the Roman forum museum. Having lots to think about definitely helped, and the Rosario was something beautiful that we just stumbled across.
|Boat to the new world, because the Virgen del Pilar is also |
patron of all Spanish-speaking countries.
We found a group of excellent tapas bars close together - no more 15-minute walks between one and finding another. Things just felt right. Effortless. Uncomplicated. Like holidays should be. We stopped looking for places to go and places to eat, and simply found ourselves in them.
Of course, the good feeling could be because I saw cats for the first time today...