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Trip Report Trip Report: Just back from BCN, Costa Brava, Lleida, La Rioja, Navarra, & finding my Basque cousins

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Hi everyone!!! We have just been back a few days from a great 19 day trip to N. Spain. I will be reporting in bits and pieces.

Participants: DH, age 54; DD, age 13, AuntF, age 79 and me, started the trip at age 49, but ended it at age 50!!

Purpose: seeing the sites, but mostly to visit cousins and find our roots. My grandparents were Basque and from Navarra. My aunt came along to visit the "old country" and see the villages her parents(my grandparents) came from.

We flew from Sacramento/Atlanta/ BCN on Delta. Had a long layover in Atlanta, which got longer by 2 hours. We were finally in the air by 10 p.m. Flight was LONG, but uneventful. Arrived (6/08) in BCN to find our cousins from Lleida waiting to greet us. Lleida is about 2 hrs. west of BCN. We hadn't seen them in 13 years and were surprised to find my cousin's husband not very mobile: leaky blood vessels in his brain. They had never conveyed this info to us, so we were not prepared for his condition. Mentally he was in pretty good shape, but uses a cane and shuffles along. We did our hugs etc. They took off back to Lleida, and we loaded up the rental car for Cadeques/Costa Brava for 3 nights.

To be continued.....

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