Friday, 22 June 2012

Leon

Leon is a really fun city. It has a great lived-in vibe to the old town with lots of locals out and about for tapas in the evenings.

Luckily we arrived on Wednesday so saw the plaza mayor packed with the twice weekly market with fruit and vege and deli trucks. The cherries and stone fruit are at their prime right now.
Other than wandering the higeldy-pigeldy squares eating tasty things we also have time for some of the spectacular monuments, especially the cathedral. It is pure gothic without so much of the excess and added on later one-up-manship of Burgos. The stained glass is amazing and brings magic into an otherwise quite dark space.

We also got to enjoy a sense of belonging to community with lots of people taking rest days in Leon we were able to see people we have met along the way and share stories even if we are now a day ahead or behind each other.

As one person said to me, when are you traveling in a foreign city and bump into friends in the street?!
We particularly enjoyed catching up with Peter and Merle from Sydney - here we are with a local almond pastry called a Merle!

We stayed in a gorgeous little hostal that is more like a hotel just near the church- hostal San Martin.

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