Hospital Provincial Nuestra Señora de la Montaña

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  • Day28

    Day 28: Cáceres

    March 15, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Another day, another UNESCO World Heritage site! Today we woke up, got ready and hit the road around 11am, heading north to the town of Caceres. It's notable for the extremely well-preserved Old Town, surrounded by walls and towers which we were keen to check out.

    The drive was only about 40 minutes so not strenuous, and it's a small city so we were able to find parking without much difficulty. Walked over to the main plaza and into the old town to have a look around. I did some filming with the new selfie stick I'd bought, and then my phone popped out and crashed onto the stone floor, putting a crack directly across the sapphire lens covering. Supposedly those things are indestructible, but I guess not! I'm very lucky though, because the crack is just adjacent to the zoom lens, and the only negative effect seems to be slightly odd white balance and reflections when using the zoom lens. So most of my videos will be OK.

    The old town is actually quite nice, everything well preserved in stone and again very little evidence of modern life. Unlike other places we've visited it's not just a few buildings in various areas, it's the entire centre of town. Though the commercial centre these days seems to be elsewhere.

    There were a few restaurants fronting onto the main square and although they looked like tourist traps, we chose one and dived in. We both opted for the menu of the day (12 euros including 2 courses, bread, dessert and a drink) - I had chicken & seafood paella and Shandos had a jamon and cheese platter for first course, while we both opted for a pork loin with wedges for main. Dessert I had a brownie with ice cream while Shandos had chocolate mousse, and then afterwards they brought us out an extra free dessert for some reason! No idea why, and my broken Spanish isn't good enough to clarify!

    Bulging from our enormous meal, we headed back into the old town for another look around. We spent a good couple of hours here just wandering slowly, taking photos and filming, and letting Schnitzel enjoy himself as well. Only annoying thing was that, aside from very little English information, the few buildings you could go in (church, university etc) all charged a small amount separately. There wasn't one overall ticket you could buy to allow access to every building. Annoying!

    Eventually I relented and bought a ticket to the cathedral for 4 euros, mainly so I could climb the tower and have a good vantage point. 90 steps to the top was a climb of sorts, but a good view! The Islamic era of the city (800-ish to 1492) left a lot of short, boxy guard towers around the place, and 30 of those are still standing today. The cathedral tower was a good place to admire everything from!

    Back down where I recovered from the climb, just as the bells rang out - glad I wasn't up there when that happened! Feeling like we'd seen most of what Caceres had to offer, we headed back to the car and paid up our parking, before driving back to Merida. Stopped briefly on the way as we saw some ruined castles from the freeway, but on closer inspection turned out to be hotels.

    Brief trip to the park with Schnitzel followed by a visit to the supermarket to pick up a pizza for dinner. Another evening of video editing, blogging and football watching!
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  • Day37

    Caceres bis Salamanca

    May 25, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Sitzen gerade in Caceres an der Bushaltestelle und warten auf den Bus zum Camping, wo wir das WoMo gelassen haben, weil es hier schwierig ist, grosse Fahrzeuge zu parken.Haben leider nicht gesehen, dass der Bus von und zum Camping am Samstag morgens alle 30' und nachmittags nur alle 60' fährt. Pech durch Unachtsamkeit☹
    Haben dieser Stadt der Adelspaläste aus dem 15JH einen kurzen Besuch abgestattet. In Anbetracht der Zeit, haben wir uns einer 1.5 stündigen Besichtigung angeschlossen, die vom Tourismusbüro organisiert wird. Start war an der schönen Plaza Mayor. In die Alstadt sind wir durch das breite Tor Arco de la Estrella. Zu Fuss ging es durch die Gassen der Ciudad Monumental. Stops mit Erklärung und Geschichten und Anekdoten gab es an diversen Stationen. Zuerst an der
    "Kathedrale" Santa Maria mit dem schwarzen Christus ( die wir nach der Führung noch von innen besichtigt haben, und die durch den schwarzen Christus und den wunderschönen,aus Holz geschnitzten, Retabel am Altar aus dem 16JH, beindruckt), Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo (aus Frankreich kommende Adelige, sehr ergebene Diener der Reyes Catolicos, Fernando und Isabel). Die Wappen an der Front des Palastes der Unterstadt ( deshalb Golfines de Abajo, Golfines von unten) zeugen vom Ursprung und von dem Stand. Von da, über die Gassen, zum Palacio de Carvajal. Diesen Palast haben wir (stellvertretend für die meisten Paläste) auch besucht. Von aussen nur hohe Mauern fast ohne Öffnungen, ist es von innen durch den Innenhof, lichtdurchflutet. Auch ein grosser Garten zur Tierhaltung und Gemüseanbau (zur Selbstversorgung) ist vorhanden. Der Brunnen des Hauses musste auch typischerweise von aussen durch die gemeine Bevölkerung erreichbar sein.Wasser sollte ein Allgemeingut sein, und nicht Privileg der Reichen.
    Zu Caceres: nachdem die Mauren im 13 JH vertrieben worden sind ( der Prozess zog sich über 100 Jahre) zogen Familien des niedrigen Adels ( Hidalgos) ein. Zuerst bauten sie mit Zinnen geschützte Wehrtürme, später, mit dem Gold und Silber aus Amerika, ihre Paläste. Viele dieser Familien waren verfeindet und führten einen Kleinkrieg innerhalb der Mauern, der 200 Jahre dauerte. Dem hat die Königin Isabel La Catolica im 15 Jh ein Ende gesetzt.Um zu zeigen wer die Macht hat, hat sie die Befestigung und Wehrzinnen der Türme schleifen (kürzen) lassen. Nur der Turm der Familie Ovando blieb mit Zinnen erhalten. Der Adelige hatte als einziger der Königin den Schlüssel der Stadt überreicht.
    Nach dem Palast ging es zu einer der Zisternen zur Wasserversorgung. Die Technik, einschliesslich der Frischhaltung und Konservierung mit kleinen Fischchen, hatten die Mauren im 8.JH eingeführt. Der Brunnen und die Zisterne, die durch Regenwasser gefüllt wird, werden heute noch genutzt.
    Durch die Gässchen ging es dann in die Juderia, das Judenviertel, das drittwichtigste in der Zeit. Nach der Judenvertreibung im 15JH wurde es von der christlichen ärmeren Bevölkerung besetzt. Mit seinen kleinen Häuschen sieht es aus wie ein typisches andalusisches Dorf, obwohl hinter den Mauern einer sehr reichen Stadt.
    Sehr schnell, zu schnell, ist die Zeit verflogen. Hier könnte man viele weitere Tage verbringen, aber uns fehlt die Zeit.
    Zurück zum Camping und ab nach Salamanca, wo wir um 19 Uhr im Camping Regio landen (N 40°56'53", W 005°36'52"). Riesig, schön an einem grossen Hotel gelegen, mit guter Busverbindung in die Stadt
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  • Day2

    Justin's flat in Caceres

    July 25, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 38 °C

    40 degrees outside but a combination of air con and fans are keeping us cool. Flat is great with a good balcony to sit outside amd take in the views. We are heading into the old town soon for a little explore. Will get some pics while i'm out.Read more

  • Day3

    Caceres old town 1st night

    July 26, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Justin took us down to the old town last night and we had a nice drink in the 'La Plaza Mayor' before wandering around the old town itself, beautiful buildings from many different cultures. There was a really nice beer garden in the middle called 'Corral De Las Ciguenas' which often has blues bands playing on a little stage, shame it was only a Monday really it would have been great to see a band there. We then went to meet Justins friend Stuart for a nice burger on the way home.

    Night was really hot and sleeping was a real struggle. My cold shower in the morning was fantastic though.
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  • Day3

    Virgen de la montant santuario

    July 26, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 38 °C

    Visited this lovely spot this morning after picking up Ollie. Views over Caceres are fantastic much better than it looked on Google street view. It's a very peaceful place if you needed to get away from the city to think, this would be a good place to head. Met some horses on the way back.

    We went for some tostas (toast) in a nice cafe which had cold water mist spraying over you while you sit outside under the canopy. Then Ollie took us to his local park before we headed into the air con sanctuary of the local 'Eroski' shopping mall. Met Ollies mum (Christina) when she picked him up.

    Just had a siesta to catch up on last nights lost sleep then went to a local bar for some really cold estrellas (Marie had red wine - still no sign of the vodka monster - good girl) and met Justin's girl Angelica for an hour before heading back into Caceres again. We ate at a place where they just keep bringing little tapas to your table as they come fresh out of the kitchen and if you want one you can take it for a euro. Weird guy standing at the bar kept trying to sing some shitty song to us in english before we left sounded like a mash up of barbie girl tbh. We then walked back and stopped for a nice lemon ?granita? on the way were we met an Irish friend of Justin's with his spanish girl and yes i got the obligitory brain freeze headache from the granita.

    So tired after such a busy day i don't remember going to sleep.
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  • Day4


    July 27, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    Spent a little while this morning watching a health and safety nightmare in the school opposite, a builder balancing on a pallet which was hanging from a crane while they unloaded massive floor tiles from it.

    We then went for tostas again in a different bar called Vivaldi. They had a nice original jukebox.

    Went out in the car to the nearby town of Trujillo about 25 mins drive from Caceres. Sun was baking hot so we didn't do much more than walk up to the castle before returning for some shade and liquid refreshments on the town square. Trujillo is beautiful and we caught it when it was not full of tourists which was nice. We then had a meal in one of the restaurants €15 each for a four course dinner. Which was ok.but not the best we have all had.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Hospital Provincial Nuestra Señora de la Montaña, Hospital Provincial Nuestra Senora de la Montana

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