However, if we'd had more time, I think we'd have loved to walk more around Jaca's amazing citadel... it would have been great to have compared this to the citadels that we studied in Blaye (part of Napoleon & Vauban's ring of steel) and Dubrovnik... both chances to try a little history 'road schooling'... Both girls have loved this chance to 'see things in person' was we do our best to try and bring learning to life...
With the rain clearing rapidly we left Jaca to see the city of Zaragoza and it's amazing Basilica of Our Lady and the Pillar. This vibrant city holds half of the region's population and is full of life... feisty, sassy and dripping with history...
Zaragoza (or Saragossa to locals) is probably one that gets missed from most tours of Spain due to its geography.. Flanked by the Pyrenees, overshadowed by it's northern/southern neighbours in Barcelona , San Sebastian or the closely located Pamplona (famed for it's yearly bull running fiesta!) It's worth you trying to visit Zaragoza...!
We headed for our choice of places to stay... but sadly the CamperContact suggestion near the river banks to the south of the city centre was utterly deserted and a little menacing for us... especially with young girls on board, it simply didn't make sense to leave this to chance
Unfortunately this is one of the more difficult parts to a road trip with a young family, but needs must so we packed our bags!! And headed south, leaving the rest of Zaragoza for another day... A somewhat sad end to the day yet we are really excited to see Teruel next... Another not always on everyone's 'to do list' but hopefully we'll be enchanted by the moorish influence on this walled city set in it's reddish ochre rocks (some 90mins to the south east of Zaragoza)
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