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.