Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
21-June: We took the 11:45am bus from Oviedo and arrived in Llanes at 1:20pm - just in time for lunch! But first, I "splurged" and got us a room at "3 star" Hotel Gran Paraiso - discounted rate was 48 euros per night and they gave us a suite rather than the small room so this is much nicer than our usual 40 euro room. We dropped off our bags and went to Casa Canene for their menu del dia lunch. We ordered smaller first course and I skipped dessert but it was still a lot of food. Three course meal plus a bottle of wine for $12 each (tip included) will be hard to give up when we go back to USA this Sunday. After lunch we explored the town, back to room for R&R then out for dinner at a Sidreria. It was a nice place but we ordered the wrong food. We could have ordered our "standbys" but decided to have some other items and they were not as good as we expected. Ah well, after nearly two months eating in restaurants every meal it's bound to happen once or twice. We did watch a bit of the Euro 2016 match of Spain vs. Slovakia but left before the end -- turns out that Slovakia scored a late goal and won in an upset. Would have been interesting to be in a local bar when that happened.
22-June: After breakfast, we packed up and walked 3 miles or so along the coastal cliffs to the village of Poo and went to the local beach. It was small but on a nice sunny day there were quite a few people. We di d have on our bathing suits and waded in the surf but it was cold enough that we retreated to our spot in the shade and "people watched". After walking back to our room we relaxed a bit then out again to have a glass of wine and work on our journals and blogs. It's only 6:30pm now and dinner won't start until 8pm so we've a bit of time to kill!
Dinner tonight was nice and our last in "small town Spain". We will miss these places!
Monday, June 20, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
18 June: We travelled by train from Valenca, Portugal to A Coruna (La Coruna) in Galicia, Spain. A Coruna is a mostly modern city on a peninsula with the train and bus stations situated 1.5 miles from where we stayed (Hostal Carbonara), near the old town. We had a nice lunch, checked in to the pensionne and explored. Unfortunately, we had to retrace our way back to the bus station to purchase our tickets for when we depart. Back to the older section of town and we wandered the busy streets - it was Saturday night and the Euro2016 soccer tournament was in action so things were pretty interesting. We had so many bars around that it was tough to make a choice. We had Fried calamaris and a salad of olives, tomatoes, roasted peppers, cheese and anchovies (lots of olive oil) plus a nice bottle of red wine. Afterwards, we wandered the streets and enjoyed people watching.
19-June: We slept in then had cafe and churros con chocolate for breakfast. Over to the beach and walked the oceanside promenade around the penn
insula and back into town - more than 5 miles. Near the tip of the penninsula we visited the "Tower of Hercules", a nearly 2000 year old lighthouse first built by the Romans and still in operation today. Of course, during the "dark ages" it fell into disrepair but was restored in the 17th century. There are only two of the Roman lighthouses still in existence with the other in Dover, England. We walked the winding staircase to the top and enjoyed the panoramic views. Apparently Julius Caesar visited the place with a fleet of 100 ships. Lunch was in the old town at Nova Ria, a typical Galician place. We had pimientos de Padron and a platter of chipirones, perhaps the best of our trip - and we've had LOTS. All was accompanied by 4 glasses of local red wine (two each) and the bill was less than $18. Then, more wandering the old town and back to our room for a break. We enjoyed a glass of wine along the marina and then back to a bar for racciones (like tapas but larger portions) and a bottle of wine.
20-June: Bus departed at 10am so we made the 2.5km walk back to the station right after breakfast and made the 4.5 hour bus ride to Oviedo.