Asturias, patria querida,
Asturias de mis amores,
quien estuviera en Asturias
en todas las ocasiones.
like that goes the anthem of Asturias. No, I'm not from Asturias,
I'm from Castilla-León. But last summer (august '98) I spent a week
in Asturias and ... I can assure you it is a beautiful region.
It is in the North coast of Spain, in between Cantabria and Galicia.
Now have a look at the pictures.
This is the old bridge in Cangas de Onís.
One of the lakes of Covadonga.
Some colourful thistles growing near the lakes of Covadonga.
And this is me taking a picture of me taking a picture of me taking a picture.......
This was in the way to the lakes of Covadonga.
This is me again, posing in front of a view of Picos de Europa, that is, Peaks of Europe.
The fog made the peaks look like floating in a sea of white cream.
This is a gaiteiro in Covadonga. Not only Scots know how to play the bag-pipe.
These are the surroundings of Avilés, an industrial city.
A peaceful view of the docks in Luanco, a beautiful village devoted to fishing
Still in Luanco, a visit to the Museo Marítimo. Right out the door of the
museum I found this rope and thought that could be a good subject
for a picture.
Following the coast, Cudillero. The colourful houses placed in steps reminded
me those in Guanajuato (have you already seen my pictures of Guanajuato?)
Still at the coast, this is the harbour of Luarca, the white city.
And here some blue boats, just one was green.
The black sheep...or the green ship.
And in the picturesque cemetery of Luarca we found the tomb of
Dr. Severo Ochoa, a Nobel Price in Chemistry.
Now back to the inner land and let's visit some prerromanic monuments.
This is San Miguel de Lillo. One of my favourites. Only one third of the
original church remains and it still looks impressive!
Santa Maria del Naranco, from three different angles.
Apparently it was originally a palace. The first floor was the main room. It is still
not clear the use they gave to the ground floor, except for a little room that seems
they used as a sauna. Hey! a sauna in Spain in the IX century!!
Afterwards the whole building was used as a catholic church.
L.A. 2019? No, Oviedo 1998. At night and with a little fog, yes.
Walking down in Oviedo one can find lots of sculptures.
Just as a sample I chose two. Seen together make a funny contrast,
the fatty and the skinny (Ollie & Stanley)