Anywhere but Manzanal.

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 10, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Castile-León,
Sunday, January 2, 2011

We've been driving long stretches lately, this time crossing back into Spain and enjoying fantastic scenic drives. We’ve both been thinking that half this trip has been the amazing drives we have done as we travel around, which unfortunately is the one thing we don’t get any photos of. But following some of these rivers and mountain ranges here in North Spain has been just beautiful.

We planned to start our second Spanish route in a city called Ponferrada. This place was surrounded by white tipped mountains which were only just visible thought the still winter haze.
We secured a decent park across the river from the big castle, and it took no time at all before we had marched across to explore it.
The 11-12th century Templar castle was built to protect pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. We both paid our 6€ each and as we went to go inside the guy said the castle shuts at 2’o’clock, which annoyingly was only 50 minutes away! So it was a rather swift analysis of the place.

They say that in the middle ages, a castle was the equivalent of a country today owning a nuclear bomb. Because they were almost impossible to conquer, and sometimes meant years and huge futile campaigns that costed a lot. They were huge symbols of power.

After that we pushed out of town and continued our journey. More amazing scenery. We even passed a town called 'Manzanal!’ But we didn’t want to explore or park ourselves in there……….
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Shannon on

Hi guys! great pic of the castle with the statue in the foreground!

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