Friday, May 24, 2019

Photo Friday - Trip to Spain

Lunch with cousins in the town of Tres Cantos, near Madrid, Spain
This week I published two blog posts about our trip to Navarra, Spain to bring my mother-in-law to the village where she was born. You can read about the trip HERE and about an interesting weathervane on the church of her baptism HERE (if you like medieval epic stories, you'll like this connection to Roland and the Battle of Roncevaux).  Here are some other interesting photos of our trip, mostly in Madrid and Pamplona.

A display of tapas in a window at Madrid's Plaza Mayor

Puerta del Sol, the center of Madrid, and the center of Spain
(all points in Spain are measured from a marker in the center of this plaza)

Me and my mother-in-law boarding the high speed train from Madrid to Pamplona.
The trip took about three hours, with two stops, to go 400 km (about 250 miles)

On board the train, watching the scenery from Madrid to Pamplona

The Cathedral in Pamplona, Navarra, Spain - Santa Maria la Real

Interior view of the cathedral in Pamplona

The effigies of the King Charles III and Queen Eleanor of Navarra inside the cathedral

This marker shows the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrim way

Another marker for the "Camino"

The "encierro" is the route for the famous
running of the bulls in Pamplona

Our walk along the "Camino" through Pamplona

This street marker shows the intersection of the "Encierro" and "The Camino",
the two most famous routes which intersect in central Pamplona

Seen on a pharmacy along "The Camino"

This pub in Pamplona's Plaza Mayor was Hemingway's favorite watering hole,
and where he wrote "The Sun Also Rises" about Americans in Pamplona
for the San Fermin Festival to witness the running of the bulls.

Back in Madrid, at the local pub with more cousins

Vincent sorted and digitized two large boxes of family photos

These old photos from a cousin's house went back 100 years or more!

The most famous fountain in Madrid,
"Cibeles" is the mother goddess of the Earth,
also called "Gaia" or "Rhea"

This impressive building in Madrid used to be the central Post Office,
but it is now Madrid's City Hall "The Ayuntamiento"

Click here for the story of our visit to the Pyrenees:

Click here for the story about the weathervane in Orbaiceta, Navarra:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Photo Friday - Trip to Spain", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 24, 2019, ( accessed [access date]). 

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