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Ora et labora in the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, in Burgos

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Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos

Despite having family roots in Burgos capital, it took me many years to visit this beautiful city. In addition, until a couple of weeks ago, the rest of the Burgos province was for me a totally unknown place.

That is why I greatly appreciated the invitation I received to get to know the region of Arlanza.

That Sunday morning, the Burgos air smelled goodbye. It's very common to what I'm already used to, but it all gets a little sadder when you've been lucky enough to match a group of people with whom you have fit perfectly From the first moment. This is not always the case, and all the merit is attributable to our dear Alba, the coordinator.

We had been impressed with the imposing baroque beauty of the ducal village of Lerma, we had felt like Clint Eastwood in Sad hill - the place where the mythical final duel of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sergio Leone - and we had strolled through the Castilian Covarrubias, on whose outskirts, in the middle of a valley, we find a promise of love turned into a futuristic church in honor of Saint Olav. All this washed down with the good wine of Castilian Leon wineries, like Buezo, and accompanied by the tasty - and forceful - Burgos cuisine.

The morning looked sunny when we arrived at our last trip destination: Santo Domingo de Silos.

Santo Domingo de Silos

Bridge in Santo Domingo de Silos

The small population of Silos - which according to the census, has no more than 250 inhabitants - has a clear medieval air. Its adobe houses with half-timbered air, are simple in some streets that rest in absolute tranquility during the week, to accommodate the moderate bustle of tourists and visitors on weekends and holidays.

Beside him, some noble mansions try to stand out, wanting to be remembered for their glorious past, when distinguished knights inhabited them and in which they armed themselves with their weapons and armor before going to war. Among them, the one known as The big house. Next to it, the remains of the wall - 12th century - and the Earth Sounds Museum They are the attractions of the town. Not counting, yes, with the great jewel in the crown: the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos.

Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos

Santo Domingo de Silos

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