As soon as we get a few days holiday we are eager to get away from the city and this Easter took us around Castilla y León: Segovia and Salamanca.
We’ve only ever visited Segovia in the middle of winter where it’s bitterly cold so it was a real contrast to see it in Spring. As usual we stayed in the hotel that is directly in front of the aqueduct and quite by chance we got the same room we got last time we stayed there with the best view.
This is the view from the hotel:
We were just passing through Segovia on our way to Navaluenga but we did manage to find time after breakfast for a quick walk around the city. It doesn’t take long to walk around Segovia and it was brilliant to be able to test our geography knowledge by identifying the mountains that we have learned about this term at school. It was Spring but there was still plenty of snow on the mountains so it was still chilly. Nothing beats sunny with a nippy breeze.
The good thing about visiting central Spain over Easter is that you learn a lot about the Catholic faith and even though you might not be a die hard Catholic you can certainly appreciate the beauty of some traditions. Everywhere we went there was a procession of some sort. There is a procession for every moment and each “Hermandad” has it’s colours and Saint. I don’t want to go into it too much as I’m not particularly into the whole hammering someone to a cross so that my sins can be forgiven but being brought up Catholic does have some positive things. Basically you just know the story and when the little people of your life haven’t had a Catholic upbringing it’s somewhat difficult to explain the whole Jesus on a cross thing but you explain as best you can and Easter in these parts helps with the story and definitely makes it more interesting and makes for note worthy conversations.
So now onto Salamanca.
It was the day Jesus rose from the dead so there was a lot of celebrating to be had. The streets were buzzing with the faithful and tourists in equal numbers and the atmosphere was fantastic.
While everyone was rejoicing with the risen Jesus, we managed to get the Cathedral to ourselves and even took the tour to the top. I’ve been to Salamanca many times but never visited the Cathedral inside and I am happy that we did.
Sometimes there is a very fine line between faith and fun. Donations made and candles lit. It was a pleasant treat to see that the candles were real and not those electronic ones that light up when you put your money in the box.
Now that our Saints are happy we are ready to climb to the top of the Cathedral.
Salamanca has 2 Cathedrals. I might be wrong so don’t take this for a real history lesson but I believe that the new cathedral is an extension of the old one as you can walk through from one to the other. The old cathedral is really something and the light was too perfect for words.
When you get to touch history it’s much more interesting.
I kid you not about the light.
….and up and up and up. We didn’t count the steps this time but when we got to the top it was worth it.
And this my dear friends is a bit of a peek into Segovia and Salamanca and if you would like to continue traveling the world please join me visiting Anna Francken’s post from Anna Francken Photography in the Netherlands and then onto Kirsten Ashley in Texas.