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Salamanca

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  • Day63

    Travel day to Salamanca

    October 24 in Spain

    We have left the Camino, and today got train and bus to Salamanca. It is probably good to have these days in Spain for Camino withdrawal! We had a lovely leisurely day in Santiago yesterday - another sunny day, and a final dinner.

    Today we left early to get the 7.48 train to Zamora. This seemed the simplest way to get to Salamanca, and we had faith that we would find a bus for the short journey there. Our faith was justified, as we left the train at Zamora with a very helpful young woman who showed us where the bus station was (very close) and all worked perfectly. Now installed at the Salamanca Ibis!! So familiar, and a 10 minutes walk to the historic centre of this quite wonderful city. Will elaborate tomorrow when we have a day to explore properly. Met a friend from Manly, met through yoga, who is in Salamanca now..what a coincidence!

    Just have to mention the train journey...at first through Galicia, and through very mountainous areas, beautiful and many tunnels. Then finally we emerged to another Maseta....and all was totally different. This part was flatter than where we walked through, and we again had the very bright penetrating light - again a cloudless day. I realise that this is so contrasting with the light in Galicia which is very much softer, almost misty, even when sunny. And the temperatures here are very cold at night (down to 3° at dawn (which is now 8 am), but up to 22° in late afternoon. Lovely. Off to sleep now.
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  • Day64

    Our day in Salamanca

    October 25 in Spain

    Again, sunny and perfect weather. And we had a great day exploring this amazing city. Quite relaxed though. First was the huge cathedral...all these cathedrals keep exceeding each other! This one is actually two - the new was 17th century, and the old (adjacent) is 12th century...and then we walked up the towers and had a stunning view down to the naves of the cathedrals, plus a view down over the city and countryside, and could walk round the edges...way up high...we chose not to do the very last climb up to the bells!.. Then we saw many other buildings..the casa de las conchas (of course to do with Santiago - the eternal scallop shell - which is the public library, and a university building that also is decorated and looks like another cathedral, and there was a wonderful Art Deco museum (a specialty for Amr)...we had a break and visit back to the hotel, as the temperature had gone from 2° in the morning, to a moderate 17 or so, and rose to about 22° in the afternoon, so we left our down jackets, but still took protection as it cools as soon as the sun sets.

    So in the afternoon we walked via another amazing university building to the Roman bridge across thenriver, and read in the sun on benches with kindles ...very pleasant...then back to the fantastic plaza Mayor for a drink before we met Barbara for dinner tonight...now back and ready for train to Madrid tomorrow. So glad we chose to come here..it is a gem of a city...
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  • Day649

    Embalse de Santa Teresa

    April 6 in Spain

    After a two night stopover we wanted to make headway, so stuck to the motorway. Following the heat of yesterday it came as a surprise to find that we were approaching a set of snowy mountains!

    With the Sierra de Gredos never far from sight we stopped in the town of Béjar for lunch. Time was getting on so we chose the first place that looked like it served food- an American themed bar called Boulevard 63. There was definite panic in the bar tender's face when we asked for something 'sin carne' (without meat) for Vicky. She ended up sampling a regional dish of Gulas. We spent more time trying to find out what it was online, than we did eating it, so we'll save you the bother and tell you. Gulas are the Spanish equivalent of crab sticks; shredded fish designed to look like the traditional delicacy of Angulas or Elvers (baby eels sometimes refered to as the caviar of Northern Spain), whose stocks are now suffering due to their popularity. These were served on garlic bread with another plate of olives and gherkins, while Will had a mini hamburger and hotdog. Along with 2 'cerveca sin alcohol' (alcohol free beers) the bill came to €5.60. We really should eat out more often!

    Picking up a couple of pastries from the panaderia we drove on to find a supermarket. Inside the Mercadona Vicky was surprised to see fridge compartments full of shrink wrapped suckling piglets. It's just not something you see in the UK.

    After a drive out through the countryside and farmlands we entered a village overlooking a reservoir that we'd planned to stay at. We found half the houses were inhabited and in a normal state of repair, but the others were broken shells of old stone, as if at some point in the past there had been a massive depopulation and the abandoned homes had been left to ruin. It was quiet and the town hall had a car park from where you could see the water around the side of another building. It would have been fine to stay at, but seeing all the countryside around us we wanted something more rural, so looked again at the satelite images on Park4Night and skirted round the reservoir to a grassy waterside car park. There was a large area to choose from and when we finally found the perfect spot, levelled the van using chocks and let Poppy straight out the door and off lead, we knew we'd done well to move on.

    The scenery was pretty in the sunshine but the wind had an icy bite to it, so we admired it from within the comfort of the van. We were woken the following morning by the call of a cuckoo and the soft patter of rain on the roof. The wet ground caused our tyres to spin and we had to choose our route off the grass carefully for fear of getting stuck, but it all worked out well and we felt very thankful to have been able to stay in such a lovely place.
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  • Day3

    Salamanca turned out to be a yet another fabulous town. Almost every other building near the Plaza Mayor was a piece of unique architecture. The town is much bigger than any other places we had visited till now. Finding the parking was a huge task, eventually we found a place near the edge of the town and walked to the Plaza Mayor. The main square was a place where the locals and the tourists all converge and enjoy the evening. Everywhere around the square, there are places to sit and eat outside. A very festive atmosphere prevails in the fantastic town. After a hearty meal of paella we set about discovering the town in the late evening.Read more

  • Day4

    Astronaut in the Cathedral

    October 3, 2017 in Spain

    Back at the city center, we saw the places we had seen the previous night. The Casa Concha (House of Sea Shells) with the sea shells spread out on the outer wall, the exotic Salamanca Cathedral with its ornate gothic architecture. In the light of day, we observed an interesting piece of carving on the cathedral wall.. an astronaut, fully decked in the sapce suit and shoes. Check it if you don't believe it. We overheard an English guide explain that this was added in place of a fallen statue. The renovations were done during the 1960s when the 1st manned mission had reached moon and to depict the hand of God in the success of the mission, this seemed to be an appropriate place and subject for the cathedral wall. 😈
    Another interesting carving was of a monkey eating a softy ice cream. This too was added during the renovation. The reason as explained by the guide being that the peak of pleasure that one may have when eating an ice cream can easily be achieved in the Cathedral.
    A very innovative sales pitch I must say 🤣🤣
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  • Day104

    Salamanca

    May 12 in Spain

    Salamanca may be one of our few european cities that we visit, and it was beautiful. Salamanca is over 2000 years old and started out in the first Iron Age, and went through all the major players of spanish history (Celtic, Carthaginian - think Hannibal and 40 elephants, Roman, Moors, Germanic, French, and then Spanish).  The roman bridge over the Tormes is beautiful, the cathedrals are stunning works of sculputure that look like they have had icing dripped from each of the many spires, and the multitudes of buildings that make up the old city and the university (established in 12th century) make it impossible to put down your camera. 

    We went into the new and old cathedral, and were suitably awe struck.  Caleb kept seeing people way up high (70 feet) on a hanging stone walkway, which didn't seem possible, and then we found our way to the small door, where for another fee you can scale the stairs up to the rooftop.  The sprial stone staircase that goes up several stories, was so narrow that there were timed traffic lights so you didn't stuck going up when someone was coming down.   The cathedral is sandstone, and there are several mentions of the Lisboa earthquake of 1755 and the damage that occured.  So when we took Marty out on the walkway, he was hestiant and kept looking at the 3-4 inch cracks causing breaks in the banister, and overhanging keystone rocks that were shimmed with chucks of plywood, basically wedging a several hundred pound rock over your head. On walkways on the  outside, there were incredible views over the city and out into the coutryside, and close ups of the carvings on the steeples.  There were however, several stone bell towers stories high leaning percariously far off their plumb line so Marty stayed away from the edges and quivered his appendages at the sight of fearless Jorja peering over.  Caleb made it up to the bell tower just in time to be deafened by the six bells that marked the half hour.

    We did a trip to the Decathalon store, where you can buy alpine hiking gear, dance shoes, guns, and sadles, and stocked up our bike gear.  We told the CTT (portugal post) to send our glasses back to Canada (unbelievable bureaucracy over an old scratched up pair of glasses) and Marty bought another pair of reading glasses with clip on sunglasses. Our camping spot was in an actual campground, where we paid money, used hot water to wash dishes and ourselves, and did a load of laundry.  There was a trail into town along the river, lots of established bike trails and parks in Salamanca.  It was full of retirees, mostly Dutch, camping in their trailers that they pull behind small cars.  It was surrounded by a huge chain link fence, which despite the ambiance, meant we felt safe leaving our tent and gear.  I think we talked less to people in the campground, as people appeared akward about what language to use in greeting!  Jorja of course was off looking around and scoped out all the cute little dogs that she could take for walks, and charmed their owners before we could get our tent set up.  We were lucky to make contact with a family from Warm Showers (an online community of bike tourers) and shared an evening of their wine, advice, an insight into spanish life, and a delicious dinner.  Thanks Ivan and Angelica! 

    Our last morning we brushed frost off our tent and froze our toes on our half hour ride to the train station where after a few warming cups of leche caliente and donut sticks we boarded the train for Madrid.  What an easy way to bite off 200km!  An overnight in Madrid in a cheap apartment near the train station, but unfortunately the big futbol game had been the night before!  Then we took an early train up to Huesca in northern Spain and who should get on at the second stop, but Grandma Cheryl and Grandpa Terry with their bikes!  Surprise!!  So in two days, we covered the same distance as we did in 4 weeks on our bikes through Portugal and reached the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenese. 
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  • Day38

    We walked around the Old Town area which contains the oldest University in Spain, founded in the 1100s. It’s also called the Golden City, because of the numerous sandstone buildings. The Plaza Mayor (Main Square) is huge and lots of people hang out there.

  • Day4

    Graffiti in Salamanca

    October 3, 2017 in Spain

    In the light of the day, Salamanca showed a totally different face in the variety of graffiti one could see there. Interestingly, the graffiti was not one of those illegal ones, but, quite nicely done on the garage doors of the residential buildings. We had managed to get a free parking right infront of the hostel at night but the charges started at 9am so I went and bought a ticket till 12 pm and left the car there as we headed to the Plaza Mayor to see the sights in the light of the day that we had already seen at night.Read more

  • Day4

    Effects of the Catalunya referandum

    October 3, 2017 in Spain

    So, just yesterday had been the day when Catalunya had its referandum. The effects could be seen everywhere we went. The patriotic feelings had been stroked everywhere. In the areas we had been traveling, most people were seen supporting a united Spain. There were Spanish flags flying from the balconies of the apartments. There were stickers stating Catalunya is part of Spain, stuck everywhere. Then there was this building with the Spanish flags flying... but one enterprising Finn didn't give a damn about Spain or Catalunya, he had his own Finnish flag flying from his balcony 😁😁
    There's patriotism for you...
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  • Day27

    Will it rain?

    May 18 in Spain

    28 km today with nothing in between, no villages, no water, no services, and rain and thunderstorms are forecast. There are also lots of ups and downs. I have a plan B - the hosts at our next accommodation will pick us up at the 19km mark if we ring. Good to know. I am at the highest of the Via de la Plata. Some images from yesterday.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia de Salamanca, Salamanca, Salamanque, サラマンカ

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