Cradle of the Spanish Reconquest
Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
6Trip End Oct 30, 2009
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We made our way into the Picos de Europa, a beautiful national park with amazing mountains. The hotel we're in is nestled in a small valley with impressive mountains all around. The Christian part, a beautiful medieval-looking church sitting up high....and of course a Marian grotto. Nothing like a statute of the BVM with water coming out of the mountain to draw us Catholics out from every nook and cranny.
About "the Christians getting nasty" part. This is apparently the place that commemorates the taking back of Spain from the Moors by the Christians in the late 700s. Apparently, this Pelayo dude (very scary smelly mountain man-looking from the paintings around) decided enough was enough. [Guess the Moors were permitting too much education, freedom, civilization, art, science and the like.) So here we stand in the heart of all that made the way for throwing out of the Jews, the Inquisitioin, etc. Hee, hee. Still trying to be funny here. But enough.
It is a beautiful spot here. The air is cool and smells of the woods. We've both commented how early it feels here in the mornings. By that I mean that at 8am it feels dark and early--like 6am back home. Not much moves until 9am (which feels like 7)! Enjoy the photos from Covadonga. Next stop, Ribadeo on the coast.