Unusually the initial path out of San Pedro ran east for a while this morning before swinging towards the normal north. As such, we were walking straight towards the sunrise.
I walked for a while with some of my Italian peregrino friends before heading off more quickly on my own.
The walk towards Salamanca passed through similar types of landscape as the last few days, including crop land.
I arrived in Salamanca after about a 6 hour walk and found a beautiful city built from stone with a largely intact medieval centre.
Another roman bridge!
I’m having a test day here tomorrow and I’ll post further photos of the city then. After almost three weeks I’m just over half way to Santiago!
Here are are a few images of the city.
I came across a religious procession this afternoon with a very large and heavy carriage carried by a large team. There was also an impressively sized brass band. They had to stop regularly to give the team a rest.
On my way home from having dinner with a group of pilgrim friends I ran into earlier on there was another procession with a different brass band and a definite South American theme! This was at about 10pm.
Writing this post in my room at 11.30pm , I can hear another band off in the distance!
I few more images of Salamanca
Moon gazing in the Plaza Mayor
I’m in a hotel room for two nights so for the first time in 3 weeks I’ll have two successive nights in one bed! I even have a TV!
Good luck watching that tv set Paul 😂
I don’t think I’ll even try
Brings back memories of my time in Spain Paul- the lively evenings with people on the streets and in squares- processions, dancing, eating. When our towns and cities are often battened down
I’m enjoying your photos and comments very much-. I’ve just actually subscribed to your blog so this is the first time I’ve viewed it on my email- previously on FB.
The photos of the members of the brass band and the people in the procession and those dancers give us a glimpse into life in Salamanca. I bet you enjoyed the luxury of a laundromat and your own private room!
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Hi Paul – just discovered your blog which brings back so many memories of the VdlP I walked earlier this year. Thank you! The procession looks to be El Señor de los Milagros, the biggest religious feast in Peru. It occurs during October. There must be a good expat Peruvian community there.
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Thanks Patrick – it was clearly a South American community but I had no idea from where . I love the brass bands and it took me a week to get the music out of my head