Semana Santa Photos

This past week, Esme and I headed up to the north of Spain, where it actually rains on the plain (and mountains) and people pronounce words in their entirety. Salamanca, the city whose Castillian as perhaps the antithesis of andaluz, and several stops in the Asturias and Cantabria regions formed our itinerary. It had been a couple months since I truly left Andalucía, and while it´s always refreshing to seek out a change of scenery, crisper air, and the like, I was surprised at how much I missed the sunny south. Northern Spaniards are a much more sober and reserved people, and after a few days away from Arcos it was a little surreal to constantly hear this smooth, clinical Spanish, spoken with great modesty and precision. Where were the old ladies carrying on a shouted conversation between the sidewalk and 3rd story balconies? Where were the gypsies singing raspy verses on rickety wooden chairs outside of their houses? We were far from Andalucía, and while I did miss the warmth of Cádiz in the spring, I very much enjoyed my time in the northern regions. Here are some of the best photos from the trip.

 

Salamanca´s cathedral

Salamanca´s cathedral

 

Salamanca´s cathedral seen from botanical garden

Salamanca´s cathedral seen from botanical garden

 

Cathedral and garden

Cathedral and garden

 

Oviedo´s cathedral on a typical rainy Asturian day

Oviedo´s cathedral on a typical rainy Asturian day

 

Oviedo´s cathedral tower

Oviedo´s cathedral tower

 

Oviedo´s San Francisco Park

Oviedo´s San Francisco Park

 

Santa María del Naranco, a Pre-Romanesque (9th-10th century) palace outside of Oviedo

Santa María del Naranco, a Pre-Romanesque (9th-10th century) palace outside of Oviedo

 

View of Asturian countryside from within palace

View of Asturian countryside from within palace

 

Cudillero, a small fishing village on the Cantabrian Sea

Cudillero, a small fishing village on the Cantabrian Sea

 

Cudillero

Cudillero

 

Cudillero

Cudillero

 

Seagulls in Cudillero

Seagulls in Cudillero

 

A statue of Gaudí admiring his ¨El Capricho¨ building in Comillas

A statue of Gaudí admiring his ¨El Capricho¨ building in Comillas

 

Detail of Gaudís ¨El Capricho¨

Detail of Gaudís ¨El Capricho¨

 

Where the river meets the sea, on the Cantabrian coast

Where the river meets the sea, on the Cantabrian coast

 

The Cantabrian coast

The Cantabrian coast

 

Medeival gateway in Santillana del Mar, Cantabria

Medieval gateway in Santillana del Mar, Cantabria

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~ by lincolnbrody on April 16, 2009.

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