Easter Sunday in Salamanca
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The Easter Bunny visited us in Segovia that morning! Actually, Paul was a sweetheart and got us each a German chocolate Easter Egg, complete with little toys inside. We had a good breakfast at our hotel, packed up, checked out and were on the road by 10am. The drive was about two hours long, but was very nice. It was extremely green, varied topography -- some rolling hills with lush grass, some more arid rocky hills with scrub oak looking trees, and some granite rocky outcroppings.
Salamanca is a large university town. In fact, one of my friends had gone to school here a few years back and told me a few things to be sure to try and do. One his suggestions was to go to the university and find a mural that has a frog hidden in it somewhere.
Our hotel was the Petit Palace de las Torres and was right on the Plaza Mayor. It took us a while to find it, as the streets are very narrow and labarantine in Salamanca! Instead of taking two rooms as we had been doing, we had one big "family style" room this time. A double and two bunks. It was small and cozy, but certainly workable for one night. One item was problematical -- the door to the bathroom was see through glass! We had to work around that with hanging towels, etc.
We dropped our stuff in the room, and ran back out to the plaza, as the Easter Procession was just starting. It had lots of pagentry, a full marching band, and a float with Jesus. Pretty amazing spectacle, and a lot like what we had seen in Andalucia.
The cathedral in Salamanca is beautiful. We were allowed to go inside, and then get up on the roof by taking an inner passage way. We got some great photos in and outside the cathedral. We even got one of a stork that had landed on the cathedral on its way back north!
It was a cool rainy day -- so kind of hampered our exploring. We decided to find a pub (naturally) and ducked into the Holy Cross for a few beers. Nice pub, albeit a bit smokey.
We went to a great restaurant that night called the Rio de la Plata (River of Silver). The restaurant specialized in Asturrian cuisine -- from this area of Spain. I had a bean soup for starter that was really tasty -- white beans, chorizo and spices. Very nice. My main was a veal steak and fries that was really good. For dessert, I had a natilla, a flan like cream with cinnamon. Muy deliciosa!