After breakfast at the hotel we decided to take a long walk around the beautifully landscaped area that lies in the centre of the technologies park here in Zaragoza..
They have made a wonderful job of landscaping the area with mazes, lakes, walkways, cycle tracks, cafes and striking monuments that you can climb or walk round. The grasses, poppies and wild flowers were in abundance as we took the walk to the nearby airport...
Once we reached the airport (after dodging the cars in the dual carriageway!) we stopped for coffee. We then set off for the journey back...all in all a great walk of approx 4 miles..just what we needed to walk off the breakfast!
Once packed up we then set off onwards to Santander to catch the ferry at 21:15 that evening...
Along the way we stopped for lunch at the Restaurante Hernani 2 at Alfaro..which is situated just over the border of the two regions of Navarre & La Rioja..
From the outside the restaurant didn't look that big but once inside it was just like Dr Who's Tardis...and at the back was a huge dining room filled with the usual lorry drivers...a great sign that a good Menu del Dia was to come! €10.90 and they weren't wrong!
Once filled to burst we set off again and opted not to go on the toll roads but to take our time on what we consider 'B' roads...in Spain they are the 'N' roads..
You see the most spectacular scenery, buildings and everyday life by travelling on these back roads and we highly recommend these IF you have the time!
After a few hours we enter the Santander city limits.....you know you're near the port as all the roundabouts have lighthouses on them!
It wasn't long before we hit the front road that leads you straight into the Brittany Ferries check in area...once they had checked our passports and handed over the necessary documents we were directed to lane 13 to wait our turn to board...then the heavens opened!
Sad faces all round that the trip was coming to a close...and so we enter the mouth of the beast!!! Pont Aven...
Once onboard and settled in it was off to the public areas where you are treated to Free wifi..
If I said the connection was slow I'm exaggerating!!! It is quite painful in this day and age that Internet speeds cannot be faster..but hey ho it is what it is..
The restaurant areas are very nice and spotlessly kept..Brittany Ferries do keep a tidy ship even if their internet speed is rubbish!!
The overnight crossing was a calm as a millpond...just what we like..cabins small but ok and the beds were sort of comfortable. The pillows on the other hand were like sleeping on a brick!!
Once refreshed we woke to sunshine and headed down to our buffet breakfast..and afterwards a walk around deck..windy but sunny..
A quick scan around the kiosk we happened upon a great travel guide..just what we had been looking for. A guide that breaks down each region and tells you what is interesting and typical for that area..plus it's by Dorling Kindersley which always indictates great pictorial content!
So whilst I've been sat here with my free wifi code typing up this draft...John's been off larking around onboard with the Brittany Ferries mascot....
Kids.......who'd have them!!!!????
Till next time..xx