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The current virtual Lana thread is still very far from Sigüenza, but I wanted to plant the seed in everyone’s mind that taking the Sigüenza alternative about a week after Cuenca is the best choice by far.

 
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taking the Sigüenza alternative
We'll discuss this later on that thread, but your post made me look at that part of the route on my spreadsheet, where I discovered an error that I'll have to correct on the version I posted. I'd probably choose to take the extra day with a stop in Siguenza, to avoid a 36 km day from Mandayona to Atienza. Thanks for the heads-up.
 

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I depend on the likes of you to keep me informed of such things, Laurie! I would never know about it otherwise. So thank you very much and I'm bookmarking your post.
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Edit. Ignorance is not bliss.
Holey macaroni, this town and its cathedral look incredible:
 
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SabineP

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Gorgeous town! Visited it on a regular holiday.

And when in Cuenca do visit the Casas Colgadas ( well you can't miss them ).


Also a very good museum on that site.Museum of Spanish abstract art.
 

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I loved Sigüenza, a highly recommended place for a rest day. The sad serene beauty of the Doncel is one of the highlights of the Lana, of any camino. With several Romanesque churches, one dedicated to Santiago, a porticoed Plaza Mayor built by Cardinal Mendoza and handsome streets in a compact city centre, there's plenty to see in a day. And to eat: the local speciality of borrachitos seguntinos, sponge cake soaked in liqueur, is worth a try,

The castle dominates the town but was badly bashed about in 1936. Now a parador, it was used as his headquarters by General Leopold Hugo, father of Victor, during the War of Independence. There seems to be no evidence that Victor ever visited his father there, staying in the relative safety of Madrid. His father was made Conde de Sigüenza and Grande de España by Joseph Bonaparte. Although he sometimes called himself Comte Hugo, rather like Marius had cards made in the name of Baron Pontmercy, Victor never used the Sigüenza bit, and it doesn't appear in any of his works set in Spain. Leopold Hugo ended the war as governor of Madrid, commanding the rear guard as Joseph scarpered. He had orders to remove the contents of the Prado to France but, luckily, failed.

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peregrina2000

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We'll discuss this later on that thread, but your post made me look at that part of the route on my spreadsheet, where I discovered an error that I'll have to correct on the version I posted. I'd probably choose to take the extra day with a stop in Siguenza, to avoid a 36 km day from Mandayona to Atienza. Thanks for the heads-up.
And the cathedral will give you the opportunity to test your architectural knowledge, since the article says it was started during the Romanesque period and ended with gothic touches. :D
 

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... and a haunted castle to boot!

 
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