Today we revisit a month in Spain spent visiting churches◹ and castles◹ , wandering through villages◹ , and exploring mountain ranges◹ . In Barcelona◹ we enjoyed a view from our window of the famous Sagrada Familia Basilica◹ and in Tortosa◹ we stayed in a castle parador◹ .

We followed routes once taken by knights of the Reconquista◹ past fortress◹ crowed heights and river threaded◹ gorges◹ , then paused for a rest in an historic parador near the world heritage city of Cuenca◹ .  

Beyond Cuenca we traversed poppy◹ fringed wheat fields◹ across the high meseta◹ and stopped to contemplate the ruins◹ of Belchite◹ .  The inhabitants of this bombarded town moved to a new location and left their old home as an evocative memorial to the horrors of the Spanish Civil War.

Finally we crossed the Ebro River at Sastago and headed northward to the stone villages and dramatic landscapes of the Pyrenees◹ .  These mountains form a rocky wall between Spain and France.

AuthorMary Lee Nolan