“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
As we continued on with out European tour, we arrived in Burgos, which is a town in northern Spain and is about three and a half hour drive from Toledo.
The first that we saw upon arriving was this… isn’t it a wonderful combination of nature and architecture …
And then there’s the Paseo de Espolon, a public garden with a tree-lined pedestrian walkway which was so pretty during spring, when people were just happily strolling and biking along.
Near the Paeo is the Arco de Santa Maria or the St. Mary’s Gate, which in medieval times, was used as one of the city’s main gates allowing entrance to the town.
The façade of the gate is adorned with sculptures of well known people from Burgos like Charles V, the counts Diego Porcelos and Fernán González and El Cid.
Then it was time for lunch and we went to a tapas place in the centre of the town. Not a good experience as it was way too oily for our liking. Well anyway, the dining experience was not what we went there for…we just wanted something to fill our tummy before we visited the Cathedral.
While the Burgos Cathedral in Spain is relatively unknown compared to Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, it is still a stunning work of architecture making it in the UNESCO World Heritage List for its ‘Outstanding Universal Value’.
Gosh… the doors and exterior were exquisite! Sadly, we weren’t able to take photos of the interior as there were so many people standing around.
The windows which were so gorgeous to look at. Can’t imagine how many we saw in such a short time that we were there.
Apartment buildings with windows and doors overlooking the town.
A mural that we saw, I am just not sure if it is still there.
And goodbye Burgos… with a statue of El Cid as we drove past on our tour bus.
Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar was a Castilian knight and warlord in medieval Spain and came to be known by the Moors as El Cid, and by the Christians as El Campeador. He was born in Vivar del Cid, a village near the city of Burgos. Wikipedia