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Trujilla
May 12, 2008
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Initially we tried driving Heidi into town but chickened out when we encountered streets like this one. Chastened, we drove back down the hill and parked near the edge of town


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From where we parked it was a steep walk into the closest part of town. The good thing was that this place looked like Spain with blue skies, sunshine and all


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A brief episode of déjà vu occurred at the top of the hill for here was another Parador - the State run hotel chain, "Spain the way you dreamed it" according to the propaganda. Oh well, seen one, seen 'em all


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Another questionable Heidi street by the Convent Craft Store. Notice the flying buttresses keyed into the building across the street - a space saving idea


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After a little customary lumbering around we found our way to Plaza Mayor - the main square


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A huge laid back square for such a small town. This impression was helped by there being no people around since it was siesta time - seemingly noon to about four o' clock. The restaurants do not open for dinner until 9:00 PM or thereabouts


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On rising ground to the west side of the square stands the "Villa" area with a variety of castles, palaces and towers


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The 12th century church of Santiago on the north side of the square contains a statue of St James (Santiago), the town's patron saint


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A closer look at the clock tower and the bell tower of the church reveals more of the increasingly familiar stork's nests


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Even feeding its young, this family has constructed a good sized nest


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Next to the church is an elaborately detailed building with features inspired by the conquistadors South American experiences. The large blue helmet like item is a receptacle for a specific class of trash and is onomatopoeiaically named a "poubelle" in France


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Classical Spanish building on the east side of the square augmented by another colorful trash receptacle. The existence of a road through the building seems perfectly natural


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At the right hand end of the building in the previous picture is another roadway out of the square which passes by the odd looking five storey tower


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On high ground to the west of the square are numerous historic buildings. A major deficiency of traveling in Europe in this way is the almost total lack of Internet availability. Had we been able to research Trujillo beforehand we would have spent more time there visiting these monuments


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There are Moorish castles, 15th and 16th century fortifications. towers and palaces built by wealthy merchants and returning conquistadors


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We finally left the square via a now pedestrianized alley that was nothing if not cheery


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Seen strutting around the square was this specimen of Trujillo's finest ready to bolt down a side street at the slightest hint of trouble


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Among the few signs of life seen in the square was this little fellow. More reassuring than the burly cop in my book
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