The bear below in Madrids Sol Plasa is their national emblem.
Finished of with Tapa's
Always dessert first, just in case you choke on the main!!!
Tuesday night we met our tour group, quite a large group of 45, we were given introductions and then shared a buffet dinner.Friday we had an optional tour to the city of Toledo, which is a 45 minute drive from Madrid. Toledo is a fantastic historical place with winding streets, quite a number of cathedrals. The city is surrounded by a large wall, many of the streets were designed by the Arabs in the 1100's. Toledo is a well known city for three different religions coexisting together for more than 800 years.
Saturday our tour began, after a city tour of Madrid we travelled to Coimbra.
On the way we visited Avila and Salamanca.
Avila, reminds me of Venice, St Marks square, we visited the birth place of Saint Teresa and centre square.
In the museum shop is Saint Teresa's finger in a glass dome.
Onto Salamanca where we had tapas for lunch,,after some sightseeing, the most interesting structure in Salamanca is the university gates, where legend has it if you spot the frog, unaided, you make a wish and in one year that wish will come true.
After Salamanca we left Spain to travel into Portugal, our first stop Coimbra.