Posted by: travelrat | January 4, 2010

The Bridges of Salamanca

Salamanca 22nd September 2009

Salamanca stands on the River Tormes, which most of us ‘Vaughantown Veterans’ know, because, in its infancy, it also flows near our hotel at Puerta de Gredos. We can easily reach the river from the hotel, and, since I usually rise very early, and the programme doesn’t start till breakfast at 9 o’clock, I had plenty of time for a walk on my own, and some photography.

But first, to satisfy the inner man, and it was still dark, I walked down Calle San Pablo to a churreria, where I partook of some chocolate con churros … there’s a description and some pictures at https://travelrat.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/chocolate-con-churros . And, considering that she spoke no English, and I have very limited Spanish, I got on really well with the lady in there … marvellous what a smile and a bit of mime can achieve!

Suitably refreshed, I walked further down the street to the Puente Enrique Esteban, which is as magnificent as it sounds, and I reflected it’s a good thing it wasn’t in England … ‘Harry Stevens Bridge’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

There’s parkland all along the banks of the Tormes, and heading west brings you to the Puente Romano … the Roman Bridge.

This is in really good condition, probably because it’s now a pedestrians-only bridge. With its many arches and paved surface, it’s a magnificent thing in itself. But, it’s also a great place for photographs of the city.

On the north bank, midway between the two bridges, the Art Nouveau frontage of the Modern Art Museum stands high on the old city wall. Along with Maggie, an Australian participante, I’d made a note to visit next time I had free time. But, whenever we passed, the gates were firmly locked … and it wasn’t until too late that we discovered the ‘frontage’ was actually the ‘backage’, and the entrance was in another street.


Responses

  1. The new header looks great!

    I really like the look of the Roman Bridge. As you know, I have a thing for bridges and to walk across one with such history would be amazing.

    The Harry Stevens Bridge cracked me up. It does kind of lose something in translation!

    • Maybe I shouldn’t have put a picture of food on the header so close to ‘Resolution time’?

      I have a lot of fun with ‘anglicising’ names; for instance, would Giacomo Casanova have been quite so famous if he’d been an Englishman named Jim Newhouse?

      I think I have a pic of the Roman Bridge showing the arches; I’ll put it up on Saturday in ‘Pic of the Weeek’

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  3. Lovely light over the bridge! It looks very chilly and atmospheric.

    • You need to get up early for that kind of light, but it’s worth it.

  4. Always wanted to go there, just haven’t had the opportunity yet. One day!


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