Easter Sunday in Salamanca

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Easter Flags on the Square

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.

Easter Procession
  I checked into it and found that it was closed the only day we were going to be there.  There is a legend that goes with the mural though.  If you are lucky enough to find the frog, you will either get married within the year  -- or -- have seven years of great sex.   Almost worth staying another day to find the damned frog!

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.

On the roof of the Salamanca Cathedral
over the glass!

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!

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Easter Flags on the Square
Easter Flags on the Square
Easter Procession
Easter Procession
On the roof of the Salamanca Cathe…
On the roof of the Salamanca Cath…
Easter Procession
Easter Procession
Christ is Risen
Christ is Risen
Easter Procession in Salamanca
Easter Procession in Salamanca
Easter Band
Easter Band
Salamanca Square
Salamanca Square
Cathedral de Salamanca
Cathedral de Salamanca
Entrance to Cathedral
Entrance to Cathedral
Carving over Portico
Carving over Portico
Stork on Cathedral
Stork on Cathedral
Inside Salamanca Cathedral
Inside Salamanca Cathedral
Inside Salamanca Cathedral
Inside Salamanca Cathedral
Inside Salamanca Cathedral
Inside Salamanca Cathedral
Inside Salamanca Cathedral
Inside Salamanca Cathedral
Headed for the rooftop of the Cath…
Headed for the rooftop of the Cat…
Interior Passage of Cathedral to R…
Interior Passage of Cathedral to …
The interior passage to the top of…
The interior passage to the top o…
Buttress at Salamanca Cathedral
Buttress at Salamanca Cathedral
On roof of Cathedral
On roof of Cathedral
Paul & Scott up on the roof
Paul & Scott up on the roof
Me up top
Me up top
Salamanca Cathedral Gargoyle
Salamanca Cathedral Gargoyle
Iberico Hams
Iberico Hams
Salamanca
photo by: mkrh