SALAMANCA: SPAIN’S CELEBRATED UNIVERSITY CITY

Salamanca Plaza Mayor

After the all-night rain, we were delighted to be greeted by sunshine the morning of May 23. Everything around was sparkling around our Salamanca hotel.  Even its lobby and the breakfast room…

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Spain’s most famous university city, akin to Cambridge or Oxford in England, seemed to be inviting us to see it at its best.

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Elizabeth was ready. She was wearing her university sweatshirt. Except that oops… it was the University of Vienna. 🙂 Oh, well. A minor difference. 🙂

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Even though Salamanca is relatively small compared to some other Spanish cities we have toured, we promptly managed to get lost while walking around its narrow and twisty streets. It took asking four or five people for directions before we found Plaza Mayor, the city center. Which was truly spectacular once we entered it.

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It was worth the trouble, as you can see from these panorama shots.

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Our next destination were the two cathedrals – one “old,” one “new.” Once we got our bearings, we had no trouble finding them. But to us, they both looked “old” (the newer one is the one on the right).

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Anyway, here’s now a short video clip I shot on this location – by accident…

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Here are now some more still shots we took at the backside of the two cathedrals, joined at the nave.

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Since we got to Salamanca almost a day earlier than planned, we decided to add two more cities to our itinerary – Avila, the walled city, and Segovia. Both are within easy reach of both Madrid and our ultimate destination for this day – El Escorial, the royal palace which Phillip II had had personally designed and built.

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Today, May 23, we will have an easy driving route, we figured, after our longest day the day before. So we jumped into our Beamer and pointed it eastward – toward Avila.

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