Estalagem Santa Catarina
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... with the food except for the grilling of fish and meats over hot coals. Unfortunately I didn't have this as I was not feeling well that night. Stayed at the Parador hotel in Zamora, right in the heart of the historic section. Had a refreshing dip in the pool, followed by G and T's then dinner at a beautiful Tapas bar in the town square. Temperature still about 30 degrees at ...
... Today there is still only limited access but its all clean and paved and definitely a place that draws the local people. There is now a large modern city outside the walls which did not exist 45 years ago. The whole thing astonishing. I'm glad I have returned. There are long promenade streets and a vibrant market selling potteries. We got the only room left in town at the elegant Parador right in the heart of the old town. We walked out with thousands of people in town ...
Zamora - could be the title of a Dean Martin song. The town brought out my inner crooner - comfy and cleverly modernised NH hotel, honey coloured ancient buildings, a once a year ceramic market, storks nesting on bell towers, breakfast of organic fruits, local sheep cheese, fresh roasted coffee, mild sunny day. (Wifi is a constant challenge so this blog will need to be polished with pics later. ...
Saturday 12th April
Salamanca to Perena in the Arribes del Duero National Park.
Heading west from Salamanca we are virtually on the border
of Portugal. The village of Perena has seen better times. I can't even say it
is ramshackled in a picturesque way. The campsite on the edge of the village is
a municipal one and only has a couple of other campers.
It does seem to be hub however ...
... to the nines. As best as we could tell, they were just out walking the streets and sitting in the cafés enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon.
While the city is beautiful, filled with great squares, old churches, and wonderful shopping, we found the people not so hospitable. Where the folks in the Basque area were extremely welcoming, the people of Zamora were cold, and at often times downright rude. This is a pretty big city, and we were ...