Wednesday, October 15, 2014

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trio - More Trouble in Spain

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section: 
October 15, Thursday – Road between BeasainSpain, and Bayonne, France
Got up, lobby of hotel had several inches of water in it, but car in garage was higher.  Waited around a bit, looked at river, then decided to follow Fr[ench] & German people to Altsasu* to see if we could get through to Pamplona.  Road was closed there, but we ate lunch and waited around.  At 3, we got word that we could get to Pamplona.  Succeeded.  Decided to cross over to France -- didn't get our passports stamped at Sp[anish] border at right place, so had to turn around and go back.  Finally got across & to Bayonne.**  No other trouble through customs. 
Calle Santo Domingo, Pamplona
[Santo Domingo Street, Pamplona, 14 April 2010, cropped]
 / Rufino Lasaosa / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

* Altsasu is the Basque name for this town; Alsasua is its name in Spanish.

** According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother and her friends stayed at the Hotel Excelsior in Bayonne, France.

At left is a photo of one of the streets in Pamplona that is part of the route for the famous Running of the Bulls in the Festival of San Fermin held July 7-14 annually.

Another stressful day thanks to widespread flooding in Spain.  
Below is a map of today's probable route - quite a detour getting from Beasain to Bayonne.

This is the 69th in a series of posts transcribing entries in my mother's 1953 Europe Trip journal.

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Pamplona (Not A) Church (Even If You Thought It Was, Because It's Fancy)
- the town hall, also on the route of the Running of the Bulls, 21 July 2006 / Timothy Tolle / CC By 2.0

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