Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A Postcard from Salamanca

Couldn't resist this!

So here we are in Salamanca.  I really enjoyed the day and overnight cruise from Portsmouth to Santander.  Our cabin was lovely and there was a bowl of fruit and macaroons for us. As soon as we set sail we opened the sparkling blanc de blanc and had drunk the contents of the whole bottle by the time we passed the Isle of Wight.  We were having a fine time.

The Bay of Biscay was a pussy cat, hardly any waves at all.  Alas, Paul does not like cats and by dinner time he was looking decidedly green around the gills.  So I missed out on my fine dining experience and spent the evening in the cabin watching television and munching my way through the fruit bowl and macaroons while Paul suffered in silence.

This morning he was fine again, breakfast was served in our cabin and we were feeling very pleased with ourselves.  We docked at midday and were soon on the road heading for Salamanca.  We drove through some splendid countryside in Northern Spain; it was very mountainous before flattening out as we headed south.


Our hotel is an old convent situated in the shadows of the Cathedral.  We are just off for dinner and tomorrow we will explore the city.  Oh, by the way, it’s warm and sunny!



view from our hotel window




14 comments:

  1. I so much understand Paul...
    What a beautiful cathedral, and lovely day, and how lucky to sleep in that convent and...I'm jealous! :)
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. It is idyllic here Maria. Right now I am sitting by an open window, overlooking the cloisters, looking out at the storks nesting on top of the convent's chapel roof.

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  2. You're staying in a convent? Are you sure you possess the personal credentials required of a nun?
    Anyway, I hope you have a lovely adventure with Brother Paul.

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    1. Not sure I have the credentials but I'm sure I could get into the habit.

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  3. I was with Australian friends yesterday who are just off on a tour of Spain staying in 10 of the best Paradores. Was your Convent a Paradore? It looks as if it should be.

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    1. No, not a Paradore but a Convento de los Dominicos converted into a luxury hotel. It's a fabulous place.

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  4. Don't forget to take a walk around the Plaza Mayor in the evening, preferably at the weekend, as the whole of Salamanca seems to congregate there to promenade.

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    1. We are just cinco minutos from the Plaza so heading there this evening.

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  5. Sounds like a Parador. The best way to stay. Beautiful. Enjoy.

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    1. Not a Parador but a Dominican Convent sympathetically converted into a hotel - Palacio de San Esteban.

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  6. All sounds great. How warm is warm? I'm hoping for some cool weather to still be around by May ( in Austria )???

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    1. About 22 degrees today. Blue skies and sunshine. Cold early mornings and night time. May should be good for Austria.

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  7. Helsie, I've experienced Vienna weather at end May and beginning June - it was lovely, not too cold neither too hot, perfect for touring! You should love it.
    Greetings Maria x

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