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Oct 26, 2017 - Bear faced lies (a correction)

Only two days left and I guess the bears were still in our minds. A tiny part of me wanted to get a better view in better weather, just so we knew. For sure. So on our last evening we walked up the road to a viewing point we found a little closer to home, so we could walk back again after. I put my tights on early this time. There was a howling wind battering us but a we had a clear view, not to the top slope where we'd seen the group of bears a couple of nights before, but a little lower to where I'd seen the single one and we could see...

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Oct 26, 2017 - Mountain Beasts

Spain, and in particular Somiedo Natural Park, was a whole new world as far as I was concerned. It's my interest and my job to know what animals and plants are around me, so being in a place full of poo that I didn't recognise... Well, it was a shock to the system and a steep learning curve that could last for a lifetime. We had two weeks and made it our business to discover as much of the life in the park as we could. I mentioned the bears, wolves and cats before. But there's so much more - birds, lizards, deer and chamois (wild goats),...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Mountain Food

Asturias, the region which Somiedo sits in, can be described as having its own menu. And it's fair to say that menu is no-nonsense meaty even by Spanish standards. When we first arrived in Somiedo we went looking for food, without really thinking about Spanish eating times and the lack of catering for tourism in Somiedo being a two edged sword. This may in truth explain some of the confusion with first just being able to get ourselves fed and watered in Somiedo. It might also explain why when asking about lunch at about midday a bar owner...

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Oct 16, 2017 - Mountain People

Somiedo is breathtaking. A small sleepy Spanish village which is hidden amongst mountain peaks and beautiful autumn woods that rustle with unseen mammals and the valley's soft warm winds. It seems perhaps more fitting that Laura talks about our wildlife exploits as she's the one that has befriended a local dog and had us walking through the pitch black bear woods to the terrifying screech of owls. However, that's for another post. And our dining exploits are perhaps best discussed by both of us in another post as the food had sometimes left...

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Oct 12, 2017 - Mountain Time

There are two things which stand out about our overnight stay in Oviedo, our stop between Vitoria and the Cantabrian mountains. One; it introduced us to Cola Coas - a chocolate drink which we now regularly indulge in. Two; the extravagant lamp posts. See photo. Oviedo is supposed to be lovely but we arrived in the dark and left in the rising sun, so no chance to enjoy. Also, the ibis budget hotel doesn't have door handles on the inside of the toilet doors (it's a quandary - Dave). We were excited at the bus station. People seem surprised...

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Aug 22, 2015 - Luarca

Saturday, August 22 No large cities to get lost in today. We proceeded up the coast on a mixture of coastal roads and highways just enjoying the ocean views and the countryside. The only challenge we had was going through Gijon because it was market day and we were trying to find a campsite on our own!!!!! We managed to navigate the town and over the bridge and a hard right took us up a steep walled one-way street or rather we were hoping it was; no one came toward us! Sharp right turn down another city street, and another left and it...

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Mar 7, 2014 - Picos de Europa

We left Luarca about 11.30am and stopped at the supermarket before continuing our trip west along the Costa Verde. Again there were lots of new viaducts and great motorway roads and we arrived at 1.45pm at Camping Picos de Europa (N43°20'5" W4°56'47") which is a lovely campsite in a valley below the mountains of a National Park. We enjoyed a bite to eat sitting in the sunshine before taking a walk around the campsite and into the nearby village. The charge is €16 per night (ACSI) with good facilities and free WiFi in the bar. We met two...

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Mar 6, 2014 - Luarca

We left Santiago at 10.30am thinking we had a drive of over three hours. It was a beautiful day and we drove along many new motorways and amazing viaducts while Snooper went “cross-country” several times! (Our maps on the satnav are over 2 years old now). The new roads shortened the trip considerably, with only one toll of €5.65 early in the trip, and we arrived at Camping Los Cantiles (N43°32'56.7" W6°31'27.5") in Luarca two hours 15mins later. This is a small picturesque campsite with great bathroom facilities and the charge was €19,...

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Feb 18, 2014 - Avin

Glorious start to the day, bright sunshine & no rain or wind. The first day for a long time without rain or strong winds for a whole day. We took an early morning stroll along the beach adjacent to the Aire & were surprised to watch as this young woman stripped off & went for a swim. We were all wrapped up as even though it was sunny it was quite chilly. We set off about 9.30 & headed East along the coastal motorway. We are back near mountains again & the motorway rose & fell as it made it's way along. We went through lots of tunnels along...

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Feb 17, 2014 - Gijon

It was windy again during the night & the rain started in the early hours of morning. We did drive round the headland after leaving our car park night stop but it was so windy & wet we only stopped briefly to look at the views & log one geocache before heading East through Coruna. We had an interesting drive across to Gijon with Ethel, the SatNav, trying to take us along boring motorways whilst I prefer the more interesting main roads which tend to go through towns. The only problem is that sometimes the towns have very narrow streets &...

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Jun 8, 2013 - Oviedo y la lluvia

Won´t be writing much on this update as the keyboard is very sticky and old here at the ciberlocutorio. Plus,it is after 10 p.m., so I am ready to hit the hay. After San Vicente,I walked to Colombres, another coastal town. Next day was onward to Llanes, a sunny day and pretty walk, but it got long after 5 hours in warm sun. That was Wednesday. My pal, Donald from Stuttgart, and I rented a car that afternoon to drive out to Sotres, in the Picos de Europa. Just gorgeous, stunning mountains! Next morning we hiked in the mountains and got...

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May 8, 2012 - Lugo to Tapia de Casariego

Our plan today was to head north until we hit the coast and then find a small place where we could stay a couple of nights. The journey today was very scenic as we crossed the mountains and we stopped several times to take in the scenery. Passed through many small towns and clicked over 1000km on the car odometer. Eventually stopped at Tapia de Casariego and went for a walk through the small town. This place obviously grows in the Spanish summer but is very quiet at the moment. Found the information center and had an interesting...

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