Gaztelugatxe – Basque Beauty

One of the first stops on the tour of Spain’s coast: Gaztelugatxe, an islet in Basque country. The Basque name translates to castle rock and fits the location perfectly. It is a beautiful combination of man and nature with a man-made bridge connecting the island with its hermitage (Gaztelugatxeko Doniene/ San Juan de Gaztelugatxe), dating from around one thousand years ago. Only used as a convent for two … Continue reading Gaztelugatxe – Basque Beauty

Sentiero del Viandante: Bellano to Varenna

After establishing my summer adventure would include a short stay off Lake Como, I immediately went searching for hiking guides to the area. Most easily found information addressed the West side of the lake, however, Walking the Italian Lakes (Gillian Price) provided maps and information on hikes where I would be located on the East “arm” including the Sentiero del Viandante, part of a millennias … Continue reading Sentiero del Viandante: Bellano to Varenna