Last night I ran into a large group of pilgrims I knew. They’d also met each other separately along the road. Many are finishing their walks here so I won’t see them again. 

The highlight of my day today was an early visit to a nearby laundromat to give everything a thorough washing.

Hand washing every afternoon only gets things so clean, especially thick walking socks !

Salamanca is an ancient city thought to be founded by either a Celtic tribe or an earlier Indo-European people. It  later became an important Roman town. The area was one of constant battle for many years as it lay in the border area between Christian and Muslim kingdoms. 

Most of what we see today dates from the 12th century. The University  dates from the 13th century

The old cathedral dates from the 12th century. The dome had to be replaced after the Lisbon earthquake of 1755.

Salamanca old cathedral


The House of Shells was built by a Knight of the Order of Santiago in the 15th century.

I had a pleasant time having morning tea in the cafeteria of the Art Deco  museum. It’s housed in a home built for a local merchant early in the 20th century.

The coffee machine – I want one!

The Plaza Mayor

Roast pork with crackling for lunch

Around town …

A gift shop