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April 2010

Taramundi, Mazonovo and Teixois, Asturias

Water Mill at Mazonovo
We had a lovely day out the other week in Asturias. Trabada is only 20 minutes from the border with Asturias and it only takes about half an hour to get to Taramundi. Click here for a map.

The countryside around Taramundi is very different from around Trabada. Gone are the gentle green valleys and hills covered with Eucalyptus trees. Here there are steep sided valleys and gorges, with much higher mountains and hillsides covered with deciduous trees. The rivers in the valley bottoms are littered with old water mills and there is a great one that you can visit at Mazonovo. Taramundi itself is very pretty wth lots of nice stone buildings and plenty of places to eat and drink. The Asturian food is very different to the Galician food - it is much more rustic with less fish and many more stews. The most famous is the 'Fabada'.

There is also a fantastic little hamlet at Teixois which you can walk to from Taramundi if you want. Here there is a little restaurant and bar as well as another water mill and some beautiful old stone houses. You can of course drive there if you are feeling less energetic!!

Carnaval 2010 in Ribadeo, Galicia, Spain

Carnaval - 16th February
A lot of things have happended in Spain since the last post in January and one of the most fun was the Carnaval celebration back in mid February. Carnaval is the Spanish equivalent to Mardi Gras and takes place to prior to Lent. The main parades are on Shrove Tuesday and the weekend before.

Carnaval - 12th Feb 2010
Ribadeo had its own celebrations and being the party town that it is, there was a real party atmosphere on the Saturday night. Spanish folk celebrate 'Carnaval' by getting dressed up so 75% of all people on the Saturday night were in fancy dress costumes. There were some fantastic ones. The girls here all work in a great bar called Pica.

The hat and the shoe
On Shrove Tuesday there was the main parade through the centre of town with children and adults alike all dressed up. There were money prizes for all sorts of categories of fancy dress and the childrens winners were the 'Hat and the Shoe'. How creative!!