Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday, July 17, Day 7

Excursion to Santander:
Today we ride a coach bus to three different places.  First we go to the small village of Altamira, a pre-historic landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its caves that have animal paintings and etchings on the walls and ceilings of the caves.  Then we went to Santillana del Mar known as the medieval town of three lies since it is not holy, not flat and does not have a sea.  (You have to know Spanish to get that joke.)  This is a very touristy town full of small shops that sell local products.  Streets are cobblestone adn 98% of the traffic is pedestrian; very few cars, if any on most of these narrow streets.  Lunch was great; delicious fish as usual.  We then went to the famous beaches in Santander.  Parts of this city remind us of Milwaukee, but the beach is huge, and the views are spectacular.  The ride back to Bilbao is absolutely breathtaking along Spain's northern coast.

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