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Ribadesella, Spain and Ceramic Cartoon Art

 

We are back from a trip to Asturias (the boyf likes to fly fish, I like to surf and Billie likes sleeping with us in our tent) and we loved it as much as the first time we went, last year.

Billie loves the tent

On Monday, we checked out the seaside town of Ribadesella. It was a beautiful spot, with an estuarine river that loops inside the old town and around the newer part, with its mansions built with the riches brought back from the colonies in the Americas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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I Wonder What Enamel Artist Julia Ares Is Doing Now

Early this summer, we spent a couple of weeks driving along the northern coast of Spain as far as A Coruña. It’s a working town, lacking the glamour of San Sebastian, or Barcelona. However, it has great food and wine, a surf beach and a huge waterfront path.  We walked it from the beach past the Roman lighthouse and down to the old town. The last part was lined with peach-coloured lampposts from the mid nineties, each of which had 4 ceramic (oops – enamel – thanks, Verónica!) works of art. They were all by the same artist, Julia Ares.
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Second Hand Shopping in Spain

buying second hand TV from thrift store

It is hard to buy second hand in Spain, but we got a tip off about one second hand store that exists in Irun (turns out there is one in San Sebastian too). It’s run by Emaus Traperos and it’s HUGE! Traperos-de-Emaus

They had everything…. including the kitchen sink….

emaus-kitchen-sink

We were able to get ourselves a few things including a TV for 18 euros. A helpful lad explained how to get an adaptor (TDT) to receive the digital channels. After a trip to Al Campo (vast supermarket), we got what we needed and set it up and it works! This should help us learn a bit more Spanish. And get addicted to telenovelas….

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