I’d intended documenting my walk today, but the weather was against me. It’s really wet and windy, more Autumn than Spring. So I’ve decided to focus on another city from our October trip.
Salamanca in Spain’s Castilla y Leon region. We treated ourselves in this city and stayed at the plush Hospes Palacio de San Esteban , converted from part of a Dominican convent and right in the old heart of the city.
This is the view from our room, into the cloister. Opposite is still a religious building.
We all had comfy beds,
and treats too but we ate ours up before I could take picture of them. DogS was made very welcome and we were allowed to leave her in the room while we enjoyed our dinner.
We had an afternoon and one full day to explore. For our afternoon we just wandered around getting a feel for the city. Next day we headed out for breakfast , where DogS made a friend.
He was a lovely wire haired dachshund.
We gave her a good walk along the river Tormes, where we met another dachshund! A smooth, black and tan one this time*. We’d decided that we wanted to visit the Casa Lis a gorgeous Art Nouveau, or Modernista as it’s known in Spain, building housing the museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. So once DogS was happily tired we took her back to the hotel where she could enjoy her luxury bed.
Now, when I was choosing my photos for this post I was convinced that there must be some I’d not loaded from my camera, or accidentally deleted. I mean I don’t have any of the Plaza Mayor**, one of the main sights of Salamanca. But there’s a good reason why I have none of the Casa Lis collections, photography isn’t allowed inside. You’re encouraged to just look at and enjoy the exhibits. To be in the moment with them.
There’s a cafe inside but we didn’t want to leave DogS alone for too long. We collected her from the hotel and looked around for a nice place for lunch.
Then it was time for more exploring. We spent a long time looking for the stone frog on the facade of the university , before we realised we were looking at the wrong building! MrS eventually spotted it with a little help from the guidebook
We had time for one more visit and decided on the old Cathedral. So we followed the map and walked round and round looking for the way in. No luck, we could only find the entrance to the “New” Cathedral***. I can’t remember how we found out the truth, it’s a “Russian doll” type set up. The old Cathedral is inside the new one. And we’d only had a glass of wine with our lunch. We had planned on taking turns on going in, while the other stayed outside with DogS. I went in first, it was about fifteen minutes before last entry. But then it took a while to find the old Romanesque parts. And I didn’t want to be scurrying through not looking at anything else. By the time I reached the old parts I realised that there wouldn’t be time for me to get out, again, find MrS, and for him to buy a ticket and visit. So I stayed until closing time, and it was one place where I did take lots of photos.
We only touched the surface of a lovely city and would like to go back some day.
*DogS has a “fur-cousin” Lemmy who is a mini longhaired dachshund – there’s picture of him here.
**It’s beautiful, with cafes and shops at street level and balconies above. Like many Spanish plazas it was once the site of bullfights. When we visited, the centre of it was full of stalls being prepared for a fair or exhibition, but it didn’t open while we were there.
***the “New” one is pretty old too