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Casa Botines

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  • Day36

    Report from León - Part one

    September 27, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Today is our rest day, a non-walking day, in this beautiful city. But first I will mention the fabulous dinner last night. We had booked Cocinandos online...it is the restaurant we went to for Amr’s 60th 5 years ago, and again it didn’t disappoint. We managed to stay up and hungry till 9.30 which was quite a feat, and had worked out how to find it, about a 20 min walk. It is a very small restaurant- probably only seats about 20 people - and there is just a degustation menu (for €45 a person, plus €20 for matching wines, which we did)....amazing value compared to Sydney, or many places, but in France we experienced similar value for Michelin Star restaurant.

    Anyway, we found it quietly perfect. The kitchen is open, so you can see the painstakingly careful preparation of the dishes. They had a menu in English for the day, but some things were lost in the translation ...but we got the gist. There were 6 courses, and as usual at first I wanted more and by the end i was getting too full! Highlights were: tempura zucchini flower stuffed with cod, squid with potato blackened by cooking in the squid ink, a “Caesar salad” with pigeon instead of chicken and mustard ice cream, a small steamed bun with ox and caramelised onion....and fig ice cream with sheep cheese, and something delicious to do with rhubarb, though we couldn’t be sure where the rhubarb was (communication was a bit disjointed but they were emphatic that rhubarb was a rare thing to cook in Spain...we wondered if it was what we know as rhubarb! All delicious, and the wines amazing too. We found we were familiar with the areas mostly, which they liked, and we had a great red from the Bierzo valley where we will be walking through in a few days, and where we saw them grape picking last time.

    Will post this as part one, as we are about to go out again for the afternoon, having spent the morning exploring and a wonderful visit to the amazing cathedral. Report on that to follow.
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  • Day36

    León Part Two

    September 27, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We have had a beautiful and quiet day. Lovely day, sunny but not too hot or cold when you aren’t walking, and despite a thunderstorm warning on the weather app (which also had sun and 0% precipitation, so don’t know what it was talking about).

    So we set off leisurely at about 10 am, had a little look around, and then spent quite a long time visiting this amazing cathedral. I had always thought I liked Burgos cathedral more, but today I think I have changed my mind. (I wasn’t in a very good space here last time, having just been bitten by bedbugs, and with a blistered foot)...it is a magnificent building...tall, simple, pure gothic, built in 50 years in a town of 5,000 residents. The stained glass windows are stunning and rival Chartres, and it leaves you with a feeling of calm. We also visited the cathedral museum and cloisters. Afterwards, we had a lunch of my special favourite - chiperones a la plancha - baby calamari on the grill, and went back to the room for a relax, collect kindles which we read in a nearby park....a true rest day.

    We miraculously ran into several of our Camino “family” during the day which was lovely and ended up having dinner tonight with 6 of us (more chiperones, and salad!! - they are divine). But before that we had a tour of the Gaudi palace here, one of the 3 Gaudi buildings outside Barcelona. Extremely interesting, and our guide was a passionate enthusiast, and well informed and entertaining. So the cathedral and Gaudi were the only cultural things on the agenda today, otherwise we rested and had downtime...very therapeutic. I have to confess that my shoulder has been giving me a bit of grief...the magic cortisone injection before I left didn’t last long, but with pills it is manageable, and feels best when walking and active...just can get uncomfortable at night. All the walking legs, feet, knees and hips work very well.

    Tomorrow we set off again, a 22 km walk, but not too demanding we hope. But have unpacked my sticks again, as it will soon be more hilly. Off to sleep..
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  • Day15

    Thirteenth stop - Léon

    May 13, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Teradillos -> 17km (+ 65km by train) -> Léon
    Lucky stop 13! Started the day out with FROST (not joking) but enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the way today. Got to Sahagún and caught a very delayed train to Léon - the lion city! Time for a little break and discovery in preparation for tomorrow's special guest joining my walk. Stay tuned!Read more

  • Day32

    Houses

    May 25, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    Gaudi designed 'Casa de Botines'. This is one of the first monumental buildings constructed with private funds as secular middle class statement rather than an ecclesiastical or aristocratic folly de grandeur.

    Not Gaudi.

  • Day32

    Tag 29 // Die Luft ist raus

    September 17, 2016 in Spain ⋅

    Diesmal hat es Max erwischt. Noch vor uns ist die Kehrmaschine durch die Fußgängerzone gefahren. Offensichtlich ohne grossen Erfolg, wie die Glasscherbe im Reifen beweist. Wir wollten eh nochmal Pause machen und haben es nicht mehr weit ins Hotel. Es hätte also mal wieder deutlich schlimmer kommen können.

    Ach ja wir sind in Leon. Das Pilger Selfie vor der Kathedrale muss sein.
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