Rambling Thoughts on Spain

Spaniards love their symbols.  Billboards of large bulls were our constant companion as we traversed the long stretches of Spain’s highways…..turns out they were originally ads for Osborne sherry.  The Spanish government outlawed highway advertising in 1994 but these signs had become such a part of the culture, they were allowed to stay.

Spanish people are loud…..they speak loudly, they walk loudly, they make noise at every opportunity.

Spain had some of the cleanest cities we’ve ever seen….not only were the streets cleaned every day……so was the graffiti.

The architecture was fabulous…..from Moorish to Moderista to Castilian Baroque to Modern….and everything in between….each very different, each very interesting.

Spain’s long stretches of countryside…..with few towns and monotonous landscapes…..was extremely boring.  This isn’t a country to drive through.

Unlike most of the other counties we’ve toured this year, very little English is spoken.

Spaniards stay up late…..later even than the Italians and the French..  Dinner at 8:00 p.m. is early…..most people don’t eat until 10:00 p.m.

We’ve become accustomed to toll roads, but Spain has too many short-hop, nuisance tolls…..really, €1.42 for a about a mile in Barcelona?

Aside from the tedious countryside and long drives, we really enjoyed each and every thing we did and sight we saw…..but (unlike other countries) we have no compulsion to return.

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“A traveller without observation is a bird without wings” ~ Moslih Eddin Saadi

 

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About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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2 Responses to Rambling Thoughts on Spain

  1. Debra Kolkka says:

    We drove from Italy to Spain earlier this year and I truly agree with you about the tedious driving through the countryside. We loved Toledo, Cordoba, Cadiz and Granada. I hated Madrid, partly because it was extremely hot. I don’t like Spanish food and like you I am in no rush to go back there.

  2. I think that is why Spain is always so cheap. I spent a year in Majorca it seemed, but I was only there about 10 days. The one thing we were looking forward to was to visit the Monastery where George Sand and Frederic Chopin lived. We proceeded there on our tour, but when we arrived we were informed that there was an extra charge to actually see it. Sort of typlifies our visit to Spain.

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