We ran into two different celebrations in the one day. The first one was in Cangas de Onis, where we’d stopped to photograph the medieval bridge and buy some bread.
Bridge over the Rio Sella
There was a procession featuring dancers and others in various traditional outfits, followed by an open-air concert.
The band looked and sounded very celtic
I have no idea what the festival was about. Then, in the evening at San Vicente de la Barquera there was another celebration. The streets were closed whilst a statue was carried through the town and onto one of the fishing boats, which then sailed out to sea and came back again after half an hour. I think they were blessing the new fishing season.
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The Camping Playa de Troenzo is a few miles from Llanes, in Asturias. Excellent location, but the pitches are small and I imagine it could get crowded in the high season. There were only a few people on site when we stayed for three nights.
This was the view from our pitch:
Playa de Troenzo
I made the mistake of agreeing to see Fat Mac last night at a literary event – Neu! Reekie! 5. I thought – ‘Literary event – he won’t be able to drink too much at that’ – but I was wrong. When he arrived at the venue, at the Scottish Book Trust property off the High Street, it was obvious he’d already been drinking for most of the afternoon, and he immediately ordered two bottles of beer from the bar. Blind Dave and Poisonous also turned up. Blind Dave wasn’t drinking, but Poisonous was on his worst behaviour. I was forced to have a couple of beers so as to fit in better. There actually seemed to be a lot of drinking going on at the event.
They’re digging up the High Street yet again! It’s only a few years since a small fortune was spent, laying down the cobbles.
I had not known what to expect of the evening. It turned out to be a pleasant mixture of short films, readings and then a band.
Inside the venue at Trunk's Close
Of the authors, the talented and entertaining Adelle Stripe stood out. The band was called Emelle. They were excellent, their harmonies helped by the fact that the lead singer and the percussionist are brothers.
The official gig photographer took these photos.
Fat Mac’s ticket won the first prize in the raffle, but he was too busy up at the bar to notice, and so they pulled out a new number. After the gig, Fat Mac insisted on everyone going to the Waverley Bar, where he drank until he couldn’t stand up anymore. I made my excuses, and left.
Outside the bar
Kath (or possibly Cath)
A man with a strange hat
An old-timer with his granddaughter
We stayed for three nights at La Isla Picos de Europa campsite near Potes. Lovely situation, and adjacent to the Picos de Europa. The weather was variable – it had been very good the previous week.
La Isla Picos de Europa
When the clouds clear, you get wonderful views off the Picos, so I believe.
Behind the clouds are the mountains