Rainy Days

We walked in the rain today. Pretty much all day. Insofar as rainy days go, it wasn’t so bad because the temperature was reasonably warm and it wasn’t a downpour, just a soggy that lasted all day. I didn’t take too many photos today because each time meant unzipping which somehow usually meant rain running down my neck..
We traveled today from Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo. In crossing over the Pyrenees again we’ve had a dramatic change in architectural style, from what I’d call “medieval cottage” to something more modern and American looking, at least for residences, not so much churches etc. It was very pronounced. One the east side of the Pyrenees range we crossed all the roofs were terra cotta tiles and on the other they are black slate. On the terra cotta side it’s difficult to tell if something was built 50 years ago or 500 at least for my inexperienced eye.
Ponferrada is a town of about 70,000 so there was the typical suburban area that’s not so nice to walk through. But once outside of there, we were climbing to go up to another peak (tomorrow) and passing through lots of vineyards and foot hills. Bierzo is apparently a new wine region although not one I’m familiar with. 
Villafranca del Bierzo is where we are now, a little town nestled into the hillside, but with a nice vibrant Plaza Mayor with a few good restaurants. We had pulpo for lunch which is a specialty of the area. A cousin of calamari but I suspect the animal involved is somewhat bigger. It was good if a little chewy. I’m appreciative that Joycee is somewhat adventurous when it comes to food.


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