Dereham in Norfolk

Dereham in Norfolk is an attractive market town. We passed through on our way up to Reepham and we returned on a market day. The market takes place in the middle of the... READ MORE

Felbrigg in Norfolk

Felbrigg in Norfolk is a wonderful estate owned by the National Trust and a must-visit if you are n the area. It consists of a Hall dating from the the 1600s and surrounding... READ MORE

Sheringham Park in Norfolk

Sheringham Park in Norfolk is very attractive parkland around a 19th century mansion. Humphry Repton (1752-1818) designed the landscape and the park has a reputation as one of his masterpieces. We were spending... READ MORE

Creake Abbey in Norfolk

Creake Abbey in Norfolk is a secret and slightly mystical site. There are shops and a cafe just round the corner but it didn’t feel appropriate to mix the 20C with the atmosphere... READ MORE

Statues in Oviedo

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There are nearly one hundred statues in Oviedo, placed throughout the town. I wasn’t aware of this initiative in Oviedo which doesn’t seem to be very well advertised. So, as I walked around Oviedo I was delighted to find these … Continued

The Parador in Baiona

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The Parador in Baiona, Conde de Gondomar, is a magical place to stay for a few days – an elegant hotel inside the walls of the old Fortress of Monterreal, and on a promontory in a bay.

The Park of San Francisco in Oviedo

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I only had three days in Oviedo but wanted to see as many parks and green spaces as I could in that time. I visited parks in all the Spanish cities in which we stayed and I think the beautiful … Continued

The Market in Oviedo

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Markets are always fascinating places! The market in Oviedo is in the Covered Market in the centre of the old town, but there is also an outdoor market around the corner. The Mercado El Fontan I saw the Mercado El … Continued

The Cathedral in Oviedo

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The Camino Primitivo, the original pilgrim route, started in Oviedo. The Camino Primitivo is apparently a difficult route of c.310kms through mountainous country, and it seems likely to me that it began from the Cathedral in Oviedo. The Cathedral is … Continued

The road from Ribadeo to Oviedo

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We set off from Ribadeo after a few restful and interesting days. The weather had been good but we started our journey to Oviedo in the pouring rain under grey skies. We nevertheless planned to visit Castro de Coana, Luarca … Continued

Iron ore mining at Ribadeo

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In the estuary of the River Eo there are the remains of a railway, storage, bays, and loading station for iron ore mined further up-country. It was a beautiful day and we set off to follow the route of the … Continued

Layers of time in Ribadeo

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Ribadeo is on the River Eo, just a short distance from the sea, and on the border between Galicia and Asturias. We only had two and a half days in the town and so I had just a glimmering of … Continued

Ribadeo on the River Eo

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Ribadeo lies on the River Eo, the border between Galicia and Asturias, and just yards away from the sea. People have been here probably for thousands of years, living from both the land and the water, and trading from the … Continued

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