Last night we stayed in Léon and today we got on a bus to Astorga 43 kms away. It may not seem like it’s that far away to the rest of the world but to someone who is walking, that 43 kms could be two days. To someone with broken feet, it’s an eternity.
Léon’s history goes back to the Romans, where the city began as a legion encampment. There are sections of the old Roman wall and bastions are still visible and were just a few blocks from our hostel.
Our hostel by the way, was called the Hostel San Martin. It was clean and bright and inexpensive. It was close to the Cathedral and right in the heart of some of the best Tapas Bars in the city. Just downstairs was La Trébede. A fantastic little bar filled with antiques and local people. The owner recognized us from earlier that afternoon and took good care of our little group. We would order a glass of wine and he would make sure we got a different tapa every time.
Just around the corner was Gaudi’s Casa Des Los Botines, a four story apartment building constructed of granite and built in 1892. It is a neo-gothic fairy tail castle that was a feat of engineering for his use of continuous stone footings instead of pilings driven into the ground. There is some lovely ironwork that adorned the building and surrounds the foundation but I was unable to confirm whether Gaudi had any influence on it himself.
I am in love with Spain! The food, the people, the culture and the history.
There are just too many things to see and I spend a lot of time taking pictures rather than writing on the blog. Well, what is that old saying? A picture is worth a thousand words.
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