jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 28 [26 Feb 09] – Zaragoza

Posted in Zaragoza by jn82 on February 26, 2009

Today was the supreme day of (unplanned) rest. I slept at midnight and woke up at 11am! It was unplanned in the sense that it was because Zaragoza does not have that many tourist sites (which interest me) to warrant a whole two days of sightseeing, so we decided to only sight see after lunch, which was at an amazingly cheap place which served a three course set meal and a glass of wine for only €6.01.

After lunch, we headed back to the hostel, where I had to write yesterday’s blog post. Soon after getting that done I decided to take some siesta myself, since the final place we intended to visit did not re-open till 4pm (damned siesta!). My siesta raged out of control and I only ended up waking at 5pm, so we headed to Palacio de la Aljafería late.

Wikipedia description: “Palacio de la Aljafería is a fortified palace built during the second half of the eleventh century in Zaragoza, as the residence of the Banu Hud dynasty during the era of Abu Jaffar Al-Muqtadir and reflecting the splendor attained by the kingdom of the taifa of Zaragoza at the height of its grandeur. The palace currently contains the Cortes (regional parliament) of the autonomous community of Aragon.”

On the way to the palace, I found a good example of what the average car in Zaragoza looks like.

Just kidding.

Having only about an hour before the palace closed, we quickly shuffled around the various rooms while listening to the audio guide. I do not remember most of the content now, except that the Moorish architecture and designs within the palace was very interesting and the first of its kind I have seen so far.

Inside Palacio de la Aljafería.

Outside Palacio de la Aljafería.

Indeed a very relaxing day, and we ended up at the same cheap place for dinner, costing another €6.01. As I am typing this, I am enjoying a 1 litre bottle of €0.79 Vino Tinto (red wine) from the nearby supermarket. Saúde.

Link to today’s pictures available here.

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