Self-Guided Cathedral

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had the free breakfast at the Airbnb house on September 11, 2012.  It was a lovely spread of food: toast, tea, fruit and biscuits served outside on the porch overlooking the garden.

We said bye to Cecilia and the rest of the family.

Ivan drove us to the centre of town.  We were going to see Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar which is the biggest cathedral in Spain.

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It was massive. It’s a pretty cathedral inside.  I took a few pictures and a guard said I couldn’t take pictures. 

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I said ok and started walking and he was trying to block me with his arm from going that way.  I walked the other way and told Ivan what happened.  I gave him the camera so he could take pictures.  Ivan started taking pictures and the security guard started bugging him.  Ivan pointed to a few people who had big professional video equipment and said What about them?  He said they have permission.  You have to go to an office for permission.   The security guard kept following us around.  I don’t know why he was being annoying.  It all just seemed a bit ironic, having someone telling you not to take photos in a church, when right behind him is big cameras taking photos because they have ‘permission’. If photos are not allowed because of ‘respect to those praying’ why give permission to others to take photos…..because by ‘permission’ ‘What they really mean is ‘pay money’!!!!

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I went to a room and looked like I was going to pray and he waited outside the room.  I said you’re going to watch me pray.  I was getting annoyed. Ivan started pointing out all the other tourists that were taking photos, and at least that seemed to get him off our back.

After exiting the church we had a walk around and found a souvenir shop that seemed to be selling black baby Jesus’ and figurines of the KKK.

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We bought one.  We then grabbed some lunch at an Japanese buffet restaurant called Restaurante Sakura that was actually great value for money (unlimited food of a very high quality!)

Saw some cool graffiti while we were walking around.

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Afterwards we said goodbye to Zaragoza, and  drove to Logroño which was a couple of hours away.

Logroño has beautiful mountains.  We were staying at a bed and breakfast called La Casa Verde outside the main town in a little village with a friendly family plus some dogs. 

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We met the lady who runs it who’s full of information and very friendly. The house was lovely and the view from the porch was of beautiful mountains.

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We used the internet for awhile and then went out for dinner.

Logroño is famous for its tapas. We went on a self guided pintxos tour. 

Our first stop was Bar Soriano.  We had mushrooms stacked up high on bread with some red wine. 

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Ivan and I weren’t sure how to eat the mushrooms since they were on a stick.  We decided to take the tasty, juicy mushrooms off the bread and eat them one by one.  Lil Dave created his own version with bananas of course!

Next, we went to La Tasca del Pato where we had their specialty txangurrito.  It’s a crab cake that’s in a clam shell.  It was lovely.

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It was on to the next bar at Blanco y Negro.  Here, we tried the roasted peppers and anchoves on bread with a refreshing Florentino Martinez Clarete. 

We went to El Soledad de Tudelilla for sardines topped with peppers.  Lil Dave got the same with bananas.

Came across a random place with tapas for cheap at In Vino Veritas.  We got the delectable mussels in a red sauce.

Our next stop was Bodeguilla los Rotos where we had the yummy eel with creamy scrambled eggs in a hollowed out bread.

Went to another random spot at La Universidad and we had the boiled octopus in paprika.

The last stop of the night was another random place called Bar Charly.  We had tuna with chopped onions in olive oil.

Ivan and I were really stuffed and drove back to the bed and breakfast.

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