We relied on our Tom Tom for Western Europe GPS iPhone app to navigate during our road trip. This worked remarkably well, until we reached Zaragoza. In Tom Tom's defence, Google Maps provided us with the exact same routing ('B' is the location of our hotel):
Looks easy right? Except, this is what 'Calle de Alfonso I' looks like:
Very pretty. And very pedestrianized. So we circled a few times, avoiding it, trying to find a street that looked more car-friendly. All to no avail. So we figured, hey, if Tom Tom and Google Maps agree, we must be able to drive down it. Right? Right?
So we did. And we ended up here. Where no car should ever go, at the top of a set of stairs in front of Zaragoza's main square and basilica (this would kind of be like driving up to the front door of St. Peter's in Rome). If we had kept driving, we would have ended up in the middle of Tuesday evening mass.
Groups of locals erupted in laughter all around us, shaking their heads at us silly tourists. We tucked our tail between our legs, made a painstakingly slow 8-point turn, and got out of there.
I had just finished telling Mike hours earlier that I never ever blush, not even when I'm really really embarrassed. Ha.
p.s. Driving directions to Zaragoza's main square (Plaza del Pilar and Plaza La Seo): If you want to park as close as possible to Zaragoza's main square, there are underground parking lots directly beneath the plaza. Route your GPS to Peunte de Santiago, then simply follow the 'P' signs toward the cathedrals. Parking lot entrances are located between the Basilica and Town Hall, and at the west end of the square near the Roman wall. Parking here is pricey - €18 overnight.
BY THE NUMBERS
date: september 4
weather: sunny, with a chance of public humiliation