In an earlier post (Sept 30) from my travel journal I had described the actual drive but not the scenery or cities. Our first stop off of the Autopista was Zaragoza. We spent about an hour walking the Plaza de Pilar and seeing the Cathedral de Pilar then decided to drive on to Logroño for the night.
A breathtaking fountain view in Plaza de Pilar.
We quickly learned the first round-a-bout after exiting the autopista would have a sign directing us to the Casco Viejo or "Old City" and that was where we invariably began to experience a new place. We first stopped at this fountain, then walked over to the cathedral below and toured it. This was a spectacular work of art with a roof design around the spires that I'd only seen once before.
The Cathedral de Pilar:
Once we passed Zaragoza, we were in lush green countryside with wind generators on the rolling hills and solar panels in the valleys--and all the road signs were in two languages: Spanish and the Basque language of Eucadi.