|The main gate to old town Burgos|
|Accordion player outside the gate. Very cheery |
and reminded me of my Dad's accordion.
|Side view of the Burgos Cathedral. What you see from the|
gate. The left tower is one of the two in front.
|A side entrance we used.|
|The top has a bunch of symbolic animals|
|The rose window|
|The main altar|
|Pipe organ with some horizontal pipes - a |
design unique to Spain. Below is choir seating.
|Better view of choir seating|
|A dome stained glass in the Moorish tradition|
|Here lies El Cid|
|Papamoscas means 'flycatcher. This clock|
strikes 12 and with each strike it opens its
mouth (see below).
|Our guide commented that most the people watching are|
leaning back to see him at the top of the cathedral with their
mouths open too, so lots of flycatchers.
|An unusual statue of Mary trying to breast-|
|This painting of Mary Magdalene was |
originally thought to have been done by a
student of Da Vinci, but after it's cleaning,
the quality of the hands and face led to the
conclusion that master and student collaborated.
|Detail from a rococo segment of the cathedral|
|This represents some saint trampling the Moors. In another|
location, the warlike image is modified by covering the
Moors with flowers.
|This image of Mary and Jesus was carved from|
an elephant tusk, hence its slight arch to the left.
|Modern painting of El Cid. The Spanish see him more as|
Antonio Banderas than Charlton Heston.
|Model of the cathedral that provides some clue to its complexity.|
Back on the bus, we headed toward our Camino walk -- this was from one end of the village of Castrojeriz to the other. Instead of rain, it was warm and sunny. Quite the contrast from yesterday. We set off on our short walk, which was a bit farther than anticipated, but nothing to challenging. We could have gotten two stamps at the end, but I had elected to leave my purse -- with the Camino passports -- on the bus. We got one on a slip of paper, so all was not lost.
|We started on the right side of the hill ans walked mostly |
uphill towards the left, below the castle.
|Walking thru the village was quite a change from our previous|
Finally, we headed to Leon. The motorways here are pleasant and straight, so I enjoyed a book until we arrived in Leon shortly after 6pm. We are staying at a parador, a former monastery (in this case) or castle that has been renovated to create unique accommodations. This one will undergo a second renovation next year, and certain elements are dated, but it is quite an impressive space.
|Our parador from the outside. The hotel entrance is in the|
middle. The impressive entrance on the right is a museum.
|The gardens below our 5th floor window.|
|Our room -- comfortable, but a bit dated. The worst problem|
is the key -- very old style, difficult to use. We miss the
plastic key cards!