Hotel Puerta del Oriente
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... de Santa Juliana housing the tomb of this martyr who is supposed to have captured the devil. Another Romanesqe church, so beautifully simple. The cloisters have columns with fascinating carvings of hunting scenes and animals. In another beautifully restored building Palacio Barreda-Peredo there was a wonderful photographic exhibition by a Spanish woman, Piedad Isla. The photos were stunning, Cantabrian life mostly in the 30's, 40' and 50's. Attached to ...
We left San Vicente and followed the wonderful NW Spanish coast (when you can see it) and went to Ribadesella. Originally we were thinking of anchoring but then decided to moor along the pontoon in the marina. We weren't going to stay long, just overnight.
In the evening there was a performance in the towns square. We didn't attend but listened to the seagulls, surprisingly in tune, joining along.
The evening before we tried to anchor in a river a few miles west of San Vicente but it ended up being too shallow so we come back to San Vicente and anchored more or less where we were the previous nights.
In the morning we headed for the bus station and took the only daily bus to Fuente Te (the cable car in the Picos del Europa) which is 1 1/2 hours ...
... The stream from the river is pretty strong and there were a number of [local] moorings and other yachts at anchor so we put out our second anchor aft to ensure when we swung round with the tide change we would stay put and not knock into other boats.
The first evening we did witness one boat take a [local] buoy and then swung round like mad and actually bumped into another boat. We had luckily kept watch and pulled in chain as this boat got close to ...
... lot of horrible things happened under Franco's dictatorship. Also, not to get morbid, but our tour guide explained that people on death row were allowed to choose how they wanted to die (between being hanged or guillotined... Such appealing options). What was interesting is that other options included being a suicide bomber or working for a couple decades (I.e. Basically a concentration camp). We are lucky to live in modern day America!
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