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Published: June 26th 2014
We woke to a very grey sky and a check of the weather forecast (love the free wifi we’ve had on almost all our campsites) said “Thick fog”. It wasn’t, it was very low cloud which seems to have draped itself over the Picos mountains which overlook us.
By the time Kisbee was out of the garage and ready to go, the grey cloud had lifted and the sky was a very welcome blue. Quick change into a suntop (for me anyway) and we were off. First stop the supermarket, now open and full of lovely fresh food. Back to the campsite with stocks of meat, fish and vegetables, enough to last us until we leave for home on Sunday. Our Tandy fridge is unusually large and the freezer compartment big enough to hold 2 weeks worth of meat so we rarely have a problem storing what we buy.
Then, sun still shining, we whizzed the 2 km down the road into the town.
Had a stroll round the harbour area, the older part of town, in lovely sunshine. We did make a quick visit yesterday when looking for a supermarket including a short trip along the road
which (as we noticed for the first time today) was clearly marked as no entrance for motorhomes !
Excellent timing. There was a market filling two of the streets behind the harbour so we had a good browse and bought the ever essential onions I’d missed from my shopping list earlier.
Time for lunch. Not as easy as it should be. Despite having visited Spain several times before without ever having any problem ordering food, this is very much a Spanish holiday area and most menus are in Spanish only and list mainly local foods. We only wanted a snack really and had difficulty finding anything we could understand, that we fancied and that was not a full meal. We had patatas bravas and béchamel croquettes. The olives I also ordered did not appear. I objected to the charge for the bread which we had not eaten so the bill was corrected.
We are not particularily fussy but many of the local dishes of the region do not appeal – squid, octopus, belly pork, sea scorpion for example just do not tempt our palates.
Tomorrow I will make sure we take the phrase book but even
then many of the foods are not listed in there or my little dictionary. May have to resort to my favourite Gambas or mixed salad again.
Back on the scooter and across the bridge to the other side of the town where there is a rather nice beach. The sand did not appeal today as that grey cloud had descended again and the sun vanished never to return. We stopped at a cake and coffee shop and had just that. We note that prices are considerably higher here, probably double, anywhere else we have been this trip.
We tried in vain to identify the hotel we stayed in when we visited 19 years ago. May have been the Hotel Ribadesella but we were not sure. Odd that we cannot remember it at all.
There are some lovely ornate mansions along the sea front. Most now hotels and this really is rather an attractive town. The buildings in the older harbour area are also very colourful and photogenic. Just wish the blue sky would come back as the camera prefers blue, as do we !
We headed back to the campsite and were
glad to get back to the Tandy as we hadn’t taken jackets and the temperature had dropped from 20 to about 18 degrees which is chilly on a scooter.
It didn’t warm up at all but I braved a swim as the pool is quite warm even if outdoor. The covered pool is constantly filled with children and very noisy. Can’t quite understand why there are so many Spanish children holidaying in what must surely be school term time.
Have checked the forecast and it is not at all good. More of the same grey cloud and then for Saturday, Rain. Hope forecast is wrong but it has been correct up to now – rain just started again late evening – exactly as forecast.
PS: Checked via Google. Spanish school’s summer holidays are from 21st
June for about 10 weeks. Good to know all the children we are seeing have not gone awol from school.
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