Lola and I woke up early Saturday morning (easier said than done) and drove up to Salamanca for the day. It wasn't a tourist visit, we've been to Salamanca numerous times. With the new highway it only takes an hour and a half from Plasencia. The main reason for this trip was to visit the enormous Decathlon store. Lola bought a basket for her bike and I purchased one of those hip Quechua tents that flips open and (in theory) sets itself up in 2 seconds.
We did, however, stroll around town in the freezing cold for an hour or so before grabbing a bite to eat (I had carrilleras - beef cheeks) and here´s the photographic proof.
Anybody who's ever spent 5 minutes in Salamanca has taken a photo of this building - La Casa de las Conchas. Previously owned by a doctor who was a member of the Order of Santiago, (whose symbol is the scallop shell, hence the facade being mercilessly decorated with shells) it now houses the public library.
Anyway, here´s the stupid frog:
And the plaza mayor...
And this crazy face I spotted high up on a building near the cathedral:
And we paid a visit to Casa Lis (http://www.museocasalis.org/) which is a small Art Nouveau and Art Deco museum. I highly recommend a visit just for the creepy two-headed dolls and the great music. (There were Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole tunes pumping out of the museum speakers during our visit!)