Cradle of the Spanish Reconquest

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
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Trip End Oct 30, 2009


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Flag of Spain and Canary Islands  , Asturias,
Sunday, October 18, 2009

.....or "The Christians Get Nasty Back!"  We've driven out from Bilbao about 3 hrs.  We drove mostly down the coast--lots like highway 1 down the California coast.  Some very beautiful sights....after getting used to driving a car the size of a large anchovy can and the stick shift (which I haven't driven in over twenty years, I'm sure!) I was able to allow the sights to sink it.  A few missed turns--thank goodness for GPS--made for exciting times.  ["Paul, I think we're driving in a dried river bed....the road ended back there!"]    

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.  The herd of goats that usually blocks Paul's entry into churches was nowhere to be found here.....so maybe it's a good sign.  Don't send a Catholic jihad after me, now, just making light of a fun time!

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.
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