Anyway here you are, Leon in pictures with the odd pithy comment:
The Leon city aire is well mainained, within easy walking distance of the city and has 10 free spaces.
|Opposite is a medium sized shopping mall with a supermarket.|
From the aire there is riverside walk way into the city, thoughtfully providing ample scope for Leon's aspiring Bankys
Some of Leon's street artists have gone beyond the stage of 'Love your inner Lucy'and are in touch with their inner primate,
More grafitti,(I like grafitti).
Eventually you come to an enormous Baroque monastery whose facade is so long it takes two shots
to cover its length. These days it's a a luxury Parador hotel.
Opposite it is a pleasing chunk of post-modernism pretending to be moderism. The Spanish are not coy about juxtaposing the venerable and the cutting edge - I like that, it shows confidence about the here and now.
Talking of which, half the city was taken up with a sprawling 'medieval' street market.
Lots of street food and arty crafty nick-knacks
We found a small park - next to the old walls and a welcome place to rest the feet.
There were metal steps from the park to a viewpoint from the city walls...
From which you could see...more of the medieval market.
and a Renaissance Palace..
Gill took this as an example of the correct representation of a gnome - she has very particular standards when it comes to gnome iconography.
Leon Cathedral - is this, or the one in Burgos Spain's finest example of Gothic architecture?
I can't give you my opinion as I have not visited Burgos yet - late November maybe - I will report back....
Slightly odd, outside the historical centre, the business district looks quite East Coast American to me - I presume the buildings predate the Civil War - perhaps late 20s?
Again interesting early modern architecture...
This Union building with a 30s style frieze of workers - almost Soviet in appearance - these must be pre-Franco surely - interesting stuff.
The Leon y Castille regional 'Junta' building is just around the corner from the aire (see, we got back eventually) - It's a classy bit of contemporary architecture.
It's difficult to credit that this morning we were pedalling down a deserted cycleway in the Cantabrian mountains - some days are amazing... and even better: