From Tudela in Navarre we continued travelling north and west in Spain, heading for the Altamira Caves on the Cantabrian coast.
I relive last year’s fantastic holiday by bringing posts over from the trip blog. This doesn’t aim to be identical to the trip blog, but an improvement, with text edits and more / better photos. Find all these posts under the tag: Spain2015.
I’m going to write this post in retrospect as there was a bit of a glitch at the time:
[The next day:] 06 September 2015: Lost my iPad!
No blogging today. We’re at a charming and remote rural hotel and I can’t find my iPad. I think it’s 300 Km away at last night’s hotel. The good news is I still have all my photos and data on the camera and in the cloud.
We had thought we might go to Bilbao and look around, but as we drove closer we moved onto ever bigger and busier roads. They were massively busy and we decided to give the city a miss.
Instead we ended up at a hotel called Hotel Villa Arce in a tiny village called Aés near Puerta Viesga, about 115 Km west of Bilbao and about 25 Km from the Altamira caves.
I wrote in my journal at the time:
The hotel is gorgeous! It’s a tasteful modern renovation of an old building with beautiful interior decoration.
It’s in the countryside so round about are hills, trees, cows and peace and quiet.
What a delight!
We’d had a bit of a detour getting there as roadworks interfered with following the directions our GPS was giving us.
Our GPS was generally very good and useful. For some reason it referred to a
roundabout as a
rotary, but that was OK. Where it specially fell down though was in taking us out of a roundabout. It almost seemed to select a random number for which road we should exit on.
Take the third exit could actually mean to take the second or fourth.
The hotel was beautifully decorated, quiet and seemed quite luxurious. We had a small bedroom with bathroom and access to a large shared lounge with balcony. That’s where the WiFi worked best, and I sat in there for a while at some point writing the draft of a blog post.
We arrived in the late afternoon so there wasn’t much time before dark to see anything. We’d enjoyed the scenery as we drove along during the day, occasionally stopping somewhere for drinks and food and petrol. I loved watching the scenery go by, chatting with Deb and enjoying the moments.
Next morning we went down to the beautifully decorated dining room where we were served an exquisitely presented and delicious breakfast.
Then we packed up and set off early for the nearby Altamira Caves, aiming to beat the crowds. Somehow, in all of that, I managed to forget my iPad and travel keyboard in the hotel’s lounge.
I guess the carefree holiday spirit had set in, as that kind of carelessness just isn’t like me at all.
Oh, and those roadworks — at one point we could see a person up ahead, in roadworker clothes, standing on the side of the road and waving a flag. Imagine our surprise when we came up close, to see that it was a road worker robot, rather than a human being. Makes sense.