Peregrinos on bicicletas

Going to Leon to eat ham


In the morning Andrei and made a throw to Burgos (Burgos). Especially to race I did not want, considering how much effort I spent the night before so Andrei stoked, and I trailed behind, quite far behind. Even driving on the autobahn wasn't very much fun. In Burgos we finally all reunited, including our piligrims. It was a joy, after all I do not like to split up in the campaigns, not accustomed to such Ruginosa style, although it does make some sense.

Burgos was founded in the ninth century by Alfonso III the Great as an important stronghold (fortress) in the fight against the Moors. Now this city is considered the heart of Castile.

The first thing we see upon arriving in the city is the stunning beauty of the Gothic Cathedral (Catedral de Burgos). Burgos Cathedral was founded in 1221 as the main temple of the Kingdom of Castille.

Main facade of the Cathedral, much of which was built in the XIII century, is oriented to the West and dedicated to our lady. The oldest facade — South (1230 years), in sculptural form, it depicts Christ surrounded by apostles and angels. The Eastern apse was built during the Renaissance (XV—XVI centuries).

In 1919 the Cathedral was buried the Spanish national hero Led Campeador and his wife Doña Jimena. Here in 2007, is Tizona sword, allegedly belonging to sid.


From Burgos we had a plan to go by train to Palencia and then to Leon. On the way no the natural beauty of the mountains is not expected, therefore, chose to overcome it by train.



The Story Of Igor:

"In the meantime, a group of guys consisting of Ilya, Igor, Anton and Yuland all the couples left with their Vysokomol cold night in the Burgos. Where he was to catch the station for the train to Palencia. At night, the temperature apparently dropped to zero - this was vitalstoffe frost on the trees and the grass. Therefore, the morning sun was just what we needed. The rain this day would be a very sad coincidence.


Got to Burgos we on time, but could not know that the railway station will be on the opposite side of the city, which was relatively large. The result were pretty nervous - because she was late for the train departure and even Navigator Ilia was not very helpful to understand the intricacies of the ancient Spanish city. But then help came out from not waiting. More precisely, let's say - from whom in Russia we would probably in the last turn.

When we stopped again to ask directions to the station from a passerby - he without hesitation called the police. Fortunately the car guard was parked nearby. As a result, the rest of the way to the station we went VIP escort, except without the flashing lights. The policeman just simply felt obliged to accompany us to the goal. I think the comments here are misplaced.

On the train we had met Andrew and Natalie."


When we reached Palencia, it was found that it was necessary to wait for the transplant to Leon, so we had the opportunity to see the city and as usual to eat. In General, the question of power for velosipedista it is difficult to underestimate. Without the infusion of essential nutrients impossible long and tedious to pedal, especially uphill.

Palencia (Palencia) was very interesting, there are two ancient churches: San Paolo and San Miguel. In 1212 Alfonso VIII of Castile, founded the first Spanish University. Church of San Miguel stands out for its Gothic tower and a small castle turret. Predaniy for here was crowned national hero of Spain Led by Doña Jimena.

But the beauty of beauties, and was approaching lunch time, and wanted to eat some food that is different from the spiritual. And here we have problem to find where to eat. At this time in restaurants in Spain obviously break, nowhere to have lunch we found the only diner where you can order sandwiches and pizza.


We tankeu was trying to establish a connection with the owners of taverns, went together to look for normal hot food, and the question that we have, I have not found anything better than to answer simply: - Tengo hambre. In Spanish it simply means "I'm hungry". This phrase is very amused innkeeper, he called his assistant and pointing fingers at us, saying – like, here, Tengo hambre. Apparently they became sorry for us, but they could not offer hot food and even baguettes. We said that the sandwiches have with ourselves, thanked him and went to the rest. A quick snack and we tangkou decided what better then to visit the Museum, to replace food materialinput on the spiritual. And went to the Cathedral Museum.

In the Museum of the Cathedral, knowing that we are pilgrims (although in fact the passport of the pilgrim was only Tanki), we were asked to do a tour. Came a nun, and came two more ladies, so the group turned four. The nun told me in very simple Spanish that even I, with my experience of studying Spanish just over three months, it was clear almost everything. The Museum was a statue of the Madonna and child, the Madonna was sitting on the lap of another woman. I asked who it was and the nun answered – Abuela. That is the grandmother. The other two women, who, as it turned out, was from Toledo, knew French, and was trying to help me understand, translating from Spanish to French. And so the tour took place, the nun spoke Spanish, women translated into French and I like Russian for Tanki. In addition to the usual Catholic Church wooden sculptures, the Museum had the painting of El Greco – "Saint Sebastian".


To Leon (not to be confused with the French Lyon, as well as the same movie with Genom Reno) arrived early evening and checked into an inexpensive hotel, and for only about 30 euros from the steam room.

In the evening went for a walk. Leon was a very tourist city, everywhere (at least in the center) crowds of tourists, bars and restaurants full. I went to a restaurant and ate the national dish, a stew of young octopus (pulpos) with capsicum and potatoes! Still - as I recall - Slyunkov flow! It's funny that when I ordered food and wine, and of course the menu did not understand, but immediately ordered the Rioja. The waitress laughed at us: Rioja know, and the food – no.

Then went for a walk, saw the Cathedral Santa Maria de Leon - Catholic Cathedral. The Cathedral was built in the XIII - XIV centuries. Currently, the Cathedral is one of the famous churches of the North of the country and a shining example of Spanish Gothic architecture. The stained glass Windows of the XIII-XIV centuries have an area of about 1800 m2. Inside the Cathedral there are many old sculptures. Outside the building is decorated with numerous surviving gargoyles, griffins, and chimeras. Facade of the Cathedral has two towers, one of them, South, hour. The Cathedral contains some elements of Baroque and neoclassical buildings made in the XVI-XVIII centuries.

Talked with Sigmund Freud:


All together poshastal in the rain on the streets of Leon, returned to the hotel, drank the rest of Rioja, and went to bed.