As I mentioned previously, most of these photos are by JP, although the first three and one in the middle are from my phone. He's uploaded more photos for me each day; be sure to check out his Flickr account for more!Our second overnight stay in Spain was in Madrid. We were there for 2 nights, and only one full day.
The first night in the city was spent at a wonderful, seafood-filled dinner with Patricia's brother and nephew. I think we were there for three hours, plenty of time to imbibe and try out some new dishes!
I have to post this iPhone photo of Patricia eating her seafood with a napkin in her shirt; a white shirt is precious!
It's a beautiful, peaceful space with ponds, gazebos, statues, and, thankfully, lots of shade! It was really toasty that day.
Then it was goodbye, Madrid, and hello, Salamanca!
The view on the few-hour drive to Salamanca was super different from what I'm used to on road trips around the eastern US. Ok, and yes, I was sleeping when JP took this photo.
This is where things get meta. We were in Salamanca for one night only, and stayed in this hotel. The Don Gregorio Grand Hotel is a five-star hotel in JP's great-grandfather's house. The rooms are named after JP's dad's family members, there are photos of his family around the lobby and bar, and it was designed by JP's uncle. Very, very cool place to spend the night, and definitely the funnest!
Love the framing JP got on this one. This ceiling is centuries old! Can you imagine doing that kind of intricate joint work?
The Plaza Mayor in Salamanca is full of students from the University of Salamanca, one of the oldest in the world. I'd love to study in this space with a cup of cafe con leche and churros.
Wednesday was Patricia's birthday, and, in celebration, Pablo arranged to have her serenaded by a local minstrel group. It was pretty awesome, and JP is trying to decipher the words of the song to translate for me. Such a patient man.
Next: El Escorial!