American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A mountain pass, 1,057.7 m (3,468 ft) high, through the western Pyrenees in northern Spain. It is the traditional site of the death of the hero Roland during the defeat of Charlemagne's army by the Saracens (778).
“When the main army had safely traversed the passes, the rear was suddenly attacked by an overwhelming body of mountaineers, Gascons and Basques, who, resenting the violation of their mountain sanctuaries, and longing for plunder, drove the Frankish rearguard into a little valley (now marked by the chapel of Ibagneta and still called Roncesvalles), and there slew every man.”
“A small, cocktails-focused restaurant called The Ace opened a couple months ago in the faithfully renovated remains of a long-abandoned Canadian-Chinese restaurant, and has been lined up most nights with youngish, urban hipsters who until recently would have been seen on Ossington or on the western reaches of Queen - anywhere but Roncesvalles, that is.”
“Well, I’ve just collapsed over the finishing line of the first day’s walk - an allegedly not too difficult 27 kilometer trek from the small village called Roncesvalles on the southern edge of the Pyrenees at the Spanish and French border, to a small town called Zubirri.”
“I especially tend to get suckered in to the "mini-trip" mindset when I'm downtown in Roncesvalles Village, because it always seems like new goods are flooding into the produce stalls and the shop owners are always able to point out the best stock and even some new finds (like mini kiwis and ground cherries).”
“To my mind Queen from River Street to Roncesvalles should be re-imagined as underground subway, with large bikelanes and extended sidewalks from end to end.”
“If acting as a relief to downtown, there might be a stop at Howard Park for the streetcar loop, but other than that it could run all the way to Queen/King/Roncesvalles.”
“However, if the line is built on King or Queen and then follows Roncesvalles, it would be an instant success.”
“He tried to make us act plays, and to enter into masquerades, in which the characters were drawn from the heroes of Roncesvalles, of the Round Table of”
“I don't know what was going on today downtown - I was in the Roncesvalles Village district of Toronto this morning for an acupuncture appointment (a botched episode of planning ... they booked me in for YESTERDAY, not today ... grr ...) and the local bakeries were crammed full of people!”
“If only there was a blogger in Toronto who could get me some paczki from Granowska's in Roncesvalles, that would be great.”
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