Hotel Palacio de San Esteban
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... second set of rooms displayed art, mostly Baroque religious paintings, that were in the palace collection, often commissioned or purchased for El Escorial.
After the museum, I entered the monastery/palace itself. You could hear the wind howling outside, and there was a constant cold and draft, which gave, I think, the right atmosphere to the place. Most of the rooms were sparsely decorated and furnished, keeping, I think, with the austerity one ...
So usually it's lazy Sunday but today it was lazy Saturday. I woke up just before lunch hoping we would have something good and we had the lentil soup that I hate, so I didn't eat much of it. We also had a filet of pork, which I actually didn't like the taste of this one as much as the other ones we have had before, so I was hungry again by around 6 pm. Today I also signed up ...
... and bull fights. Using the blood from the bull, they would write their name on the side of this one building. Since Salamanca is not humid, the names of students since the tradition began are still there!
Another really cool quirk in Salamanca is that their cathedral (Catedral Vieja) is 900 years old. About 400 year ago, they built a new cathedral, which is actually called Catedral Nueva. Since it took so long to build, they had time ...
... was partly worn away. I climbed the tower and got a great view from the top. Along the way they had stones trying to show how the buildings were built. I was hoping to go through the cathedral, but by the time I got at 3pm, it was so hot that I had to find a drink, ice cream and shade. It was scorching. I found and ice cream and some shade and just chilled for a bit. I even got to listen to of a man ...
We left at 8.30 and 4 degrees but as we went over the Picos it went to 1 degree and snow. However after the Picos we were on a plateau to Salamanca and temperatures went to 5 degrees but with clear sunny blue skies. The Picos mountains are fabulous as you can see from the photos. We ate in a village cafe outside Salamanca , and to our rich friends, there was not a Michelin star in sight......just workers ...