An emblematic sightseeing of Valladolid

Valladolid is the main city of the region of Castilla y León, located in the center of this one. It has a great history made along hundreds and hundreds of years. Now we have many different places, monuments and buildings to visit and make our senses enjoy.

We can begin our walk in Plaza Colón, a place where we can see a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of America. He lived for some years in Valladolid and there is also a House-Museum which you can visit and learn a bit more about his life.

After that, we can continue through the Campo Grande, a small park with hundreds of different kinds of trees, animals and long paths to walk hidden from the sun.

At one side of this park we can find the Plaza Zorrilla, a Spanish literature author who was born in the city. There is a big fountain placed in the middle of the square, it is said that watching the different waterjets you can guess what time it is, and at the background we can observe the imposing Cavalry Academy of Valladolid, a militar palace built in 1847, which has been used for military matters since then.

Our little walk can follow the crowd of people who is always wandering from Plaza Zorrilla to Plaza Mayor through Calle Santiago, one of our main streets of the city. On this street you can find the most famous boutiques in case you want to do some shopping, or if you are more on watching ancient and awesome buildings, it is worth it to throw an eye to the front of the buildings that are surrounding the street towards Plaza Mayor.

Once we followed the street until the end, we are arriving to Plaza Mayor, probably the most known place of Valladolid, where the most important events are celebrated at. We can find the Town Hall at the North side of the square, and a monument in the middle of it dedicated to the Conde Ansúrez, founder of the city. Some people says that the tower of the Town Hall reminds them the tower of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings. Jokes aside, this square has been renewed many times in the last years trying to keep its essence and awesome state of conservation.

The next step it is a must watch of the city, our Cathedral, once meant to be the biggest Cathedral in Europe, but the budget was overpassed with the costs of the construction and it had to be stopped. Nowadays you can get on a lift and go all the way up of the tower to get a view of our humble skyline. When we get down from the tower, we must continue to the Plaza de la Universidad and enjoy the front of the University of Valladolid Law’s Faculty, with columns presided over by lions made of stone. It is said that we should not count the number of lions unless we want to lose all the good luck we may have in our life, so be aware of that.

We may already have seen it from the top of the Cathedral but it is really worth it to walk down from the Plaza de la Universidad to the Plaza de Portugalete, where we can observe the Iglesia de Santa María de la Antigua, a church built in 1088 as mentioned in some ancient documents. It has been last renewed in 2010.

The next and last stop can not be but plaza of San Pablo, here we can see the Iglesia de San Pablo, with its huge and incredibly ornate front, it has been under renovations many times in the last fifty years because of all the small details that we must keep from getting destroyed. In front of this awesome church we can find the Palacio de Pimentel, the place where Felipe II ancient king of Spain was born in 1527. A traditional story says that they had to take him out of the palace through a window on the street aside because they were trying to assassinate him. On the other side of the square, there is the Palacio Real of Valladolid, the building is being used now as an army base.

There is many more places to visit in the city and around but this will not be the last post about sightseeings in Valladolid.

Until the next post!

“El lechazo asado” Roasted lamb

 

Ingredients:

1/4  spanish sucklin lamb

Water

Salt

Utensils:

A croskpot

An oven made of wood (which is better, but we can use an electric oven, too)

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Brief history of  “Lechazo”

The “lechazo” is a small lamb. The meat of the lamb is white and tender. It is an animal of aboud 20 or 30 days of age, which can weigh  6 or 7 kg.

Place the lamb in the crokpot, season it with salt, add  glass of water and put it in the electric oven.

Leave  it  in the oven at a temperature of  180º for two hours.

In the midde of the roast we take casserole from the oven, we turn round the lamb and if, it is necessary, we put thec rockpot into the oven again and let it be done.

By Charo

VISIT CUELLAR’S CASTLE

Where does the name of Castilla come from?

Evidently of the numerous castles that there are around everywhere. The last one I visited was Cuellar’s castle.

My partners and I ( tourism learnings ) went there to look how a guided visit was. We learnt a lot. All of the necessary ingredients were there. Not only there was the amazing scenery, but the guide, a woman, was lovely. Both of tem had the perfect qualities to show a historical monument like that.

Yoli, the guide, did a perfect  work from all of points of view. She showed and told us the main places and history of the castle, but  the way, enthusiasm and pasion  she showed caught up us.

If we want to be a good guide dont  forget to touch  people’s heart.

And, of course, dont forget to visit Cuellar’s castle.

 

By JULIAN PICO SAMANIEGO

Nature everywhere

You are in a land of wineyards and cereal planes. The Duero´s Valley -with large plateaus and soft hills- brings you exceptional landscapes fulls of life.

Riverbank vegetation is profuse: elms, poplars, ashes, alders and many kinds of water plants provide shelter for several birds spices. Don´t forget your camera and the binoculars! It´s easy to find herons, cormorans, gooses and the colorful kingfisher.

Familys of storks have an unique view of the area at the top of the churches and other high places. You can see nests of swallows and flying sparrows also.

Vultures, kites and kestrels fly over dense forest of holm oaks and pines. Admire their flights while you practice hiking, surrounded by aromatic plants, under a clean sky.

Shepherds’ life in Castilla y León

Would you like to know how the shepherds life of Castilla y León was 70 years ago?

If so, you can visit the Etnographic Park of the pastoral culture in a town of Valladolid called Cogeces del Monte.

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Chozo and sheds for sheep

In this place a “Chozo” has been rebuilt. It is a typical stone building where shepherds spent the summer nights and took cover from bad weather. It has a cone shape with a hole at the top that served as a chimney. Just next to it there was the shed for sheep.

Through information in panels you can learn many things about shepherds life and their activities, for example, what they ate, musical instruments they built, songs, games …

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Panels

Also we can learn what kinds of sheep are the most common in the area, what dog breeds were with shepherds and the dangers they faced

The Park is about 3 km from the village and you need a car to get there. The visit is completely free and it is open all day

 

By Julia Peñas del Caz

 

The Wagoner´s Yard

In a little village, called Sardón de Duero, it exists a very especial natural corner. It is located between water, on one side you can see the Duero’s river, on the other side the  Duero’s watercourse.

I truly reccomend this place because it is probable that you will get astonished with the environment. In this place you can find a lot of different kinds of trees, like conifers and two specimen of redwoods. For all this type of particularities this place is special, is very hard to imagine that in this dry environment you can find these trees.

The oldest people of the village remembered a person that while he was travelling with his wagon, stopped in Sardón and decided to plant these trees in this place. Nobody knows the reason but now, due to that intervention we all can enjoy this place.

 

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