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... hopefully!

This is D-1, the MH is pretty much ready to go and I head for Rosslare tomorrow for the boat to Bilbao on Wednesday.

So please, everyone, start praying now, or crossing all the fingers n toes for no wind or waves in the Bay of Biscay for Wednesday n Thursday! 馃檹 馃
 

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Looking good at present;

Easterly, so off the land, so short fetch and therefore no large nasties. Yes there will be swell, but only just over 1.0 m and you will not notice that.

Have a good trip, keep a lookout for dolphins - very common at present and may well play around the bows of the boat and even larger killer whales - usually solitary but may be seen in packs rarely.

 

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Ooh, I hope I do see some wildlife!

Had a good run down to Rosslare, lovely weather and the Mournes were magnificent. I'm not really a motorway person but it made the journey down very simple indeed. And I've remembered to pay my toll online!

Parked up at Cullerton's bar. Got fish n chips to bring back to the MH. Took about half an hour but I think it must've been waiting on service for 25mins! It's tasty - but not hot!

Just a few mins to the harbour in the morning.
 

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Sometimes a microwave is handy Jean.

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Overnight was quiet (earplugs!) Must remember next time not to select Rosslare Harbour - turns out it goes to Rosslare Harbour Village so I'd to turn in the parking area for a swanky new development. Boat was almost an hour late in leaving. Calm so far! 馃槈
 

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Quite a theme lately.
A friend of mine was over an hour late departing Plymouth two nights ago and our most recent two departures have both seen an hours delay. Still arrived on time though.
 

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Great trip on the boat, nice n smooth, great night's sleep. Just recording that in case I get the collywobbles next time I'm thinking of taking this route! Apparently a new, big ship is coming on this route in November and running over winter (the present one stops Nov thro March).
 

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Must be great to get away again Jean before the winter weather sets in. Where are you heading initially? South obviously but down the Portuguese coast or direct to the Med?

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I intend spending a bit of time in the Picos until it gets a bit cold then I'll head south into Portugal but I'm thinking west of Portugal rather than the coast which I've done a number of times - magnificent tho it is. That's the 'plan', as far as it goes. But I'd intended turning up to the aire high above Bilbao on the off-chance they'd have space (now they've introduced a book 48hrs in advance edict). I'd put an alternative in to TT just in case. But forgot to reinstate the 1st choice. I didn't notice till I was in a spaghetti of motorway and decided just to rl with it. So now I'm in the aire at Santillana del Mar with a nice view, albeit not as majestic as that of Bilbao. And I have cow and church bells.

What a lovely wee place! Picked up a map from the TO (it's obviously been a long day - it was all she could do to give me the info). Seems a very popular place with quite a few tourists and also on the Camino de Santiago.
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Go girl, what a great blue sky, quite the reverse back here in Norn Iron. :)

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Super morning in Altamira museum, with a 'copy' of the caves and their artwork from c.24,000yrs ago.
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Apparently tho they have most drawings of bison, they ate very little of it (mostly wild goat). 3km back to town but all downhill! Divested of fleece n vest on the way up! Weather mostly grey but warm.

Also checked out the Diocesan museum - lots to see, including 2 Virgin Mary's suckling the child (both 16th century which quite surprised me). I got annoyed, as always, at the expense of silverware and priestly garments paid for, no doubt, by the poor. There was a very strong connection with Mexico and Peru.
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12 keys n 12 pipes - I guess that was for the old chants.

Had a fabulous lunch that involved fabadas soup n pig's cheeks (that's a 1st!)
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I asked for a small portion as my entr茅e!

It's a very busy wee place but strangely doesn't feel overcrowded. After almost 11km n a lot of standing in museums my hips are objecting!
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I thought that last was an upmarket version of the white plastic chair at the end of the side road but it turned out to belong to the parking attendant - and she didn't miss anyone trying to leave without paying the parking fee!
 

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I wondered why I鈥檓 not getting notification from your thread Jean, it鈥檚 because I鈥檓 only reading, hopefully I will be notified now.
Once again you are finding interesting places, must admit not what I do, my Motley would be very bored 馃槦
 

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my Motley would be very bored
Yes, my kids would have been keen for me to have the company of a dog (and I would also enjoy the company) but my style of motorhoming would be pretty boring for a wee dog!

Today the weather was very grey and, at times, very wet. But I got the wetgear on n down to see the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana. It was originally a monastery from 9th century, became a church in 11th C. Nice external architecture, imposing church and a cloister that housed a completely hand-made depiction of scenes from the life of Christ, some of it animated. It was a massive display and a huge undertaking.

I was unable to empty my loo before leaving - you had to scan your ticket but mine had nothing scannable on it. As I understood it, water and emptying was included in the price (of 鈧12) tho electricity was an extra 鈧4.

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Made my way to San Vicente de la Barquera. I'd to choose between campsite for 鈧18 or aire for 鈧10 (both without electricity) so I came to the aire. Have an open view over the green area the surfers park on with the beach just beyond. So many surfers!
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The day promised to be pretty much rained off but turned out so much better. The original town seems to have been on the high narrow ground between the castle and the impressive Santa Maria Church at the top - it has heavy oak floors in 'slabs' to facilitate burials beneath the floor. There's a pretty estuary with lots of little boats tied up as well as a working port. I climbed to the lighthouse (inaccessible) which might have been a mistake as I was still wearing my wetgear trousers (admittedly with only knickers beneath but that meant I couldn't peel them off when the sun came out full force!) Cloud Sky Water Sunlight Beach
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You visit so many churches Jean, are you religious?

I noticed this morning all your pictures have an explanation of what they are, do you add that or is it some magic your camera has? Just looked again it is definitely computer speak not your words.
 

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I don't really like the term religious Jan. Pre-covid I was a 'religious' church-goer but I've not felt comfortable about going back to what was a very packed church. I've found over the years that I get quite exercised about the fanciful and expensive decoration in many churches, often provided by the poor of the parish in years gone by. So I'm not fond of 'the establishment'. But I do visit because there's always something of interest.

I had intended heading up into the Picos today but there was a lot of mist n cloud IP there so came along to Llanes. Parked in public carpark. There IS a barriered camper place beside me but there were so ma y negative comments about not being able to get out, or not being able to empty the toilet until you'd been there 24hrs... ??? There's also nicer looking parking behind me but it's on sandy gravel n that makes a right mess in the van so happy where I am.

Llanes is another lovely wee spot with some impressive buildings and even their everyday buildings are attractive.

I got stopped by the police today. But only to let a road race thro! The leaders were a full 2 mins ahead of the pack.

Coming home I saw a woman feeding a crow in her garden. Turns out it arrived as a tiny fledgling 2yrs ago n she's been it's Mum ever since. It followed her into the house when she went to get some food n it wasn't one bit bothered by her wee dog.
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