Beautiful town, no so beautiful food,..

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Castile-León,
Saturday, August 7, 2010

Good morning Segovia, another glorious day. We just made it for breakfast and after that we packed up and checked out. We decided to pack the car and drive up to the castle, as we did not want to make the same hike as we did yesterday. And so we did, we programmed Matt and took off. OMG what a drive that was, we were directed through narrow alleyways and around sharp hair pin turns through the narrow streets of Segovia. But we made it up to the parking lot without a scratch, phew.

But apparently we were not the only ones with the crazy idea to drive up through a medieval town. The lot was packed and there were several cars circling around hunting down a spot. We gave it a shot but quickly realized it was not going to happen. We concluded that the Castle was at its prettiest on the outside anyways, so we made our way back and decided to head for Salamanca, our next stop of this trip. When we got out of the town we made a quick stop for a sanitary break. The spot we stopped at had absolutely gorgeous views of the Castle, with a big field of grass before it. We walked around a bit an took some pictures there. For our sanitary break we hopped in to a small little bar at the side of the street. I would not resist the tapas,  so we ended up having a snack as well before we headed back on the road, on our way to Salamanca. The road was kind of boring, just a highway, no spectacular views, but it was also empty, so we made good time and arrived early in the afternoon.

Our hotel, 'Gran Hotel Don Gregorio' which was another parrador, it was absolutely gorgeous. The reception was world class, they welcomed us with a glass of cava champagne. And everything was taken care of, the car, the luggage and the check in administration, while the receptionist explained the surroundings and features of the hotel. The room was not huge, but very comfortable and the bed was wonderful. Normally beds in Spain are quite hard, but this one was perfect, not too hard and not too soft. In the room they had some more cava Champagne waiting for us together with some sweets to celebrate Linda's birthday, and our wedding of course. We enjoyed the cool room for a while before we headed out into Salamanca, it was too hot to go outside anyways.

When we got into town we walked around for a bit to see the beautiful sights, the churches, the plaza, the roman bridge and the university. Tired from exploring, we headed out to the plaza to enjoy a beer and some tapas. The tapas turned out to be quite big portions so the tapas snack ended up to be a rather heavy lunch. After our little break we continued to explore the city. We stumbled on an exposition about freemasonry in Salamanca, so we thought, lets check this out as well. It was clearly a kind of exposition that paints the masons in a light of the occult, so we quickly left. After a couple of hours we headed back to our base to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner was a fiasco. We were not that hungry as we had the big portions of 'tapas' late in the afternoon, but around ten-ish we went out to get some food anyways. As we walked down the streets filled with little restaurants we stranded at a little place close to the plaza. Here we ordered some Paella and for me a Lomo. The waiter got everything wrong, first the drinks, then the food order. But that was all fine, he was friendly and it was quite busy for him. The food however could not make up for it. It was horrendous. My Lomo (normally you would expect beef) turned out to be a slice of pork as thick as a piece of paper. Linda's seafood paella had maybe two pieces of tiny clams. And the lagostine on top was the size of a small cockroach. And to top it all off, the ice cream that came with my menu, was served in a paper cup. Luckily we were not that hungry, and the food was cheap. We had a good laugh about this 'food' and left with a smile. We walked around the evening town for a bit before heading back to the hotel for a marvelous night of sleep. Tomorrow we will visit Portugal. Bon Noite.

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