La Doctora

León, León, Castile y León, España. Lunes 28th Setiembre.

Another well deserved rest day.  We arrived in León mid-afternoon yesterday, in the midst of a fiesta.  People, food, noise happening everywhere.

We had a delightful dinner last night – just the two of us.  A group dinner had formed in Plaza Regla (the square in front of the cathedral), but after a sociable vino we chose to do our own thing. I suspect that with a bit of digging one would find some fabulous restaurants here.  Ours certainly was.

As far as the city is concerned, today is a different day.  Much quieter. It’s as if everyone’s partied out!  León is a very interesting and quite vibrant town, different again to the other big cities.  Along with those others, León has an obvious Roman history, together with the Christian influences from the 12th century onwards.
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Highlight (!!) of the day had been the trip to local hospital. Despite minimal Spanish I got to see a young doctor (who had excellent English, which did make things easier). Whilst slightly mystified; she has prescribed antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, and I should be off and running (well walking) again tomorrow.  I also now have a bus/train masterplan to fall back on in need.  I hope not to use it, but it’s there in need.  And I was also quite touched by the various messages of support I received following Friday’s post – I wanted to make sure that my record was accurate, not quite considering at the time that those words of mine would trigger some reactions themselves.  So thank you out there in the world.

But really the highlight is the city of León itself.  From the Roman walls to the Gothic cathedral to the windy little streets and alleyways in the old town, all with their multitude of bars and cafés.  It’s got a lovely feel to it.  The cathedral is again quite amazing – the religious aspect aside for the moment – as the audio guide said it is quite incredible to think that in the 12th century this then little town of 5000 people could build one of the great cathedrals of Europe.  The stained glass windows are some of the best I recall ever seeing.  And then the sheer engineering mastery.

All this said, I’ll let the photos of León tell the story themselves. They are various shots around town, the last one being San Isodoro, next to the old monastery in which we stayed.
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Lovely group dinner this evening (Melie and Kerri and a whole range of others), and all being well I’ll be back on the track again en la mañana.
Accommodation tomorrow could be a bit weird – stand by for a progress report some time tomorrow.

To close, me and some of my Camino “girlfriends”. See Janet’s FB post for more details …
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