|The colors of fall gracefully framed the old Roman bridge, and the leaves were just begging to be raked into a big pile and jumped in.|
Last weekend, I went on a last-minute jaunt over to the city of Salamanca with a friend for two days, already knowing that the place was known for having the oldest university in Spain, but not being prepared to find a town with the warmest atmosphere I have ever encountered. Now, the actual temperature was not very high, especially on Sunday when it was overcast and drizzly, but the town exuded a gentle warmth of spirit that captured my heart. Perhaps the main reason for this was the overall color of the town – yellow. Nearly all the buildings in the old town were fashioned from a local stone that happened to be a delightful golden buttery color, and the trees were all putting on their autumn dress, presenting a unified front of glorious, warming yellow. The people were friendly too, and there was a general feel of camaraderie and openness in the air. So if you ever feel a slight chill inside, I highly recommend Salamanca – it will warm your heart and make you feel right at home.
|It was an absolutely beautiful day, and I loved the way the cathedral towers were illuminated against the backdrop of the clear blue sky, so of course I had to take a picture :)|
|It didn't hurt my new-found love for Salamanca that there was an awesome book fair in the Plaza Mayor - I bought a book by Charles Dickens for only 3 euros and one by Juan Pablo Ortega for 2!|
|Of course, the Plaza Mayor was gorgeous even without taking that most awesome book fair into account...|
|It was really interesting to walk through the old University and imagine myself going to class in those rooms. Well, I wouldn't have been able to, being a girl, but that's beside the point.|
|As we were getting ready to head back to Madrid, we found a mushroom exhibit in the streets outside the Plaza Mayor - how sweet is that? It was a fun little end to a lovely weekend full of warm and happy memories.|