Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Burgos

We have had a lovely rest day in Burgos.
Yesterday we walked over the sierra Atapuerca (more of a hill really) and into Burgos. It's quiet a large city but luckily an old man we met out on the freeway near the airport who showed us the way to the river parkland with pedestrian and cycle ways so we didn't have to do the last 5 km on the main road. He was very nice and even pointed out the factory where they make paper for currency printing(euros usd etc)!
The city is famous for its huge gothic cathedral which dominates the skyline. A proud and gentile city with lots of regal history but it also has all the modern conveniences and some excellent tapas places.
The cathedral was completely over the top with many ornate side chapels. It is a beautiful example of its kind though. We may need the barren meseta we walk into tomorrow to recover!
The highlight was probably the museum of human evolution which was only opened a couple of years ago. It houses the important hominid remains (some thought to be the oldest in Europe found in the Atapeurca hills and details the archeological process.
It is a beautiful modern building over the river from the old town. A great contrast!
We tried the local sweet - yemas (yolks) de Burgos. They are sugar joined with not sure what. A soft cooked yolk texture but too sweet for our tastes. Lucky they would sell us two rather than the half kg gift box!
We feel nice and rested and ready for the next phase tomorrow. One third of the way there!

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