Saturday, 23 June 2012

Astorga

Happy 85th birthday granny! It is so cool that I can still call, even if briefly, from the middle of rural Spain!
The walk today was pleasant through hills of farmland and forest.
There was a funny pilgrim statue on the way.
Astorga is a compact town on a rise. The Gaudi palacio episcopal was definitely the highlight. It is like something for a fairy princess but edgy. The inside was sadly no photos but fabulous neogothic and had interesting (though more sedate than Barcelona) tiling. The stained glass was spectacular.
The cathedral like many has a fancy carved facade.
For lunch we had the local specialty - cocido. It was very filling but tasty with slow cooked meat, pancetta, chorizo and chickpeas and cabbage. They then serve the soup after, apparently the reverse of other parts of Spain. Didn't need dinner. I tell myself it's good energy for the trail.
The squares have come alive tonight for the Spain vs France eurocup semi final. Very exciting. So far Spain leads at half time so it could be a loud night from the streets!

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