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Phase 5: (from Toledo) to Salamanca

Back on track

I like Salamanca.

It is by now Monday 10th and some +2500Km.

Salamanca is a one-day town.
Unless - as I did - take half a day more to watch the top of the bill cycling of the year; " Paris - Roubaix".
Favourite Tom Boonen did not make it for his 5th but Greg Van Avermaet did win.
He was already the new champion on the block, Olympian gold and few early season wins.
You do not steal the win in this race unless you are indeed the strongest of the pack.
A new champion to follow and look forward to in the next years....

The sites take you 2 Hours to see.
But you keep walking the inner town again and again, so pleasant and nice.
Of course, many stops for wine/Ricard and pinchos..... check - check - check.

You know by now that I do not aim to be a perfect tourist blog. Go and google or wikipedia if you want to get all the history and best pictures.

Just a few pictures on my wandering walks. At random.
cathedral

cathedral

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For Paul/Pablo; there is a church here named after you so I went and did a quick prayer;
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For John, as per your request - no pictures of food and wine. But believe me, there was plenty.

For Vera, no - I did not go and look for the astronaut and frog pictured in the doorway of the cathedral. Too busy watching people on the terraces.

This week is Sankta semana (or something like that - Holy week) in Spain.
When I arrived on Sunday it was very visible.
5y olds walking in black Penitence clothes
type of Klu Klux clan dressed guys in red
a big procession with a heavy 6x2m wooden holy thing carried around by 20 men
Not my thing but it seems to attracts lots of people....
Let me say it is folklore.
Religion has not done very well for the world (peace) over the centuries.
Anyway, everyone his own opinion so;
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I hope there is a short impression.
Do go here if ever you plan to visit this part of Spain.

For reference; stayed in NH Puerta de la Cathedral.
Yes, right next to the ..... you guessed it.
A pleasure after Toledo Eurohotels.

So this is it.
Have to go to my glass of wine and Jamon. Getting the last out of this beautiful place.
Tomorrow Oviedo.
Do not ask me why (again).
I have probably played around with 50 options to drive and explore.
Last night, Oviedo dropped out of the box just like that.
Taking me North into the northern provinces of Spain.
Will see what happens next.

Take care.
I will be back.

Posted by moustache17 10:48

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