Cangas de Onís to Bilbao

Sunday, February 21, 2016


When we left Cangas de Onís this morning we headed up the road to the shrine at Covadonga. We climbed up to the cave where they were getting ready for mass. We had a coffee in the nearby cafeteria before heading through the mountains to the coast.



We wanted to get to Bilbao today in time to visit the Guggenheim Museum because it is closed on Mondays. The museum opened in 1997 on the Bilbao waterfront. The collection had some cool stuff but the building itself was amazing. It was designed by the Canadian architect Frank Gehry. The building was designed to look like it is a part of the river and the nearby bridge and to represent both the ocean and the industrial history of Bilbao.


Out front they have a 12 m high highland terrier made up of flowers. The joke is that the dog was there first and the museum was built as his dog house.


Duke found a highly rated restaurant across the street from the hotel. It turned out to be in the shopping center. Our dinner wasn’t healthy but boy was it good! There are chips under all that.




León to Congas de Onís

Saturday, February 20, 2016

This morning we picked up a rental car in León and headed north. It is a beautiful sunny day. The route took us through the mountains.



We are staying in a Parador in Cangas de Onís. It used to be a monastery. This one is much smaller than the one in León. We got lucky and happen to be here for the dinner and cheeses tasting planned to celebrate their 1270th year.

This afternoon we went for a walk along the river.



Then we went to the cheese tasting,


And the tour.

While we were sitting in the church we listened to a Gregorian chant reverberate around us. The chanter continued at dinner.
Dinner was traditional food of the area.

Each course had a beer pairing. This is the trout soup with Affligem Blond Beer.

We finished the meal after midnight.