Hey everybody, sorry this entry is way overdue! I’ve spent the past week traveling in Paris and Barcelona for my vacations and haven’t had a chance to really post this until after I came back. Updates on Paris and Barcelona will follow in the next week or so.
Like almost every other weekend here in Spain, I was in a different city a couple weekends ago. This time it was Salamanca, a small city to the west of Madrid (about 3 hours ride by bus) that is comprised mostly of university students. We stayed there for the entire weekend and it was just the right amount of time. It takes about 3 hours to walk the whole city and see pretty much everything there is to see, after that it’s all relaxing and cheap food. It was a nice break from Madrid, but as always I was glad to head back to the big city by the end of the weekend.
This is a university building in which the entire outside is covered with these shell like carvings. It’s very strange, but quite appealing… Ideas for my house one day perhaps.
There are two cathedrals next to each other that you can visit in Salamanca. One is the old cathedral and one is the new one. No one explained to me why they decided to build a new one or why it was directly next to the old one, but I do know we were allowed to take non-flash pictures inside!
Here’s a ground shot of the Gothic arches and domes.
A close up shot of one of the domes.
We were able to climb one of the towers and enter into the cathedral’s flying buttress.
Here’s a shot of the cathedral from up top.
A snapshot of Salamanca from up high.
Your typical pretty European street picture.
This is the wall to the library of the University of Salamanca, on which there are innumerous carvings. There is a small carving of a frog on the wall that’s about the size of an egg. It’s said if you can find the frog, you’ll have good luck. I found it… but only because I listened to someone describing the location to her husband. I am not sure if that negates the luck or not.
Salamanca sits on the edge of a gorgeous river, and the weather allowed us to go out and really enjoy our Sunday morning.
An incredible snap shot of the new cathedral from across the river.