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Europe Trip – Spain – Side Trip to Salamanca

SALAMANCA PICASA PHOTO ALBUM (49 photos)

We had been in La Alberca in 2007 with Eduardo and Encarna (our friends from León), and we revisited this village in the Sierra de Francia as it is considered to be the most beautifully preserved of the region. On our evening stroll we encountered big pigs (a live one as well) and the little streets were still the same as we remembered them, with plenty of flowers even this late in the season. The night proved to be cold however and we needed to dress warm to go once again through the maze of streets. We bought some chorizo and lomo to be sliced and eaten later.

We then headed to Salamanca and there was a nice campersite right next to the church across the river from the historic town center. Salamanca is, according to Lonely Planet, a dream destination. It’s a city of rare architectural splendor, awash with golden sandstone overlaid with Latin inscriptions in ochre, and with an extraordinary virtuosity of plateresque and Renaissance styles. This is no exaggeration as the many sites of the town leave you standing with your mouth open in awe. The Plaza Mayor or main square is considered to be Spain’s most beautiful central plaza, and the enormous cathedral, the Cathedral Nueva, has magnificent doorways and high colored ceilings. The old cathedral and it’s exquisite 15th-century altarpiece, the tapestry in sandstone which is the façade of the main university building, the altar-like façade of the Convento de San Esteban ; each and every one of them were unique and fantastic to discover on two sunny days. As we had a few playgrounds close by, there was plenty of activity possible for the kids on moments they were not tired from walking in town and clambering on pillars in churches.

We used the opportunity to completely clean the outside and inside of the camper, fill up the LPG tanks  and spend half a day in a Laundromat doing 5 15 kilo loads. We had to wait this long as there was not a single place we had encountered where there were dryers.

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