Monday, 18 June 2012

Grandas de Salime - Tuesday 1st May

A 'rest day', so we had breakfast, did the rest of our washing, went for a walk (round the back of town again) had another coffee and then went to the Ethnographic Museum. There were 2 coachloads of people heading in the same direction!!!
Once inside the exhibits are in seperate buildings and widely spread out, so we left the others to their guides and went off to explore quietly on our own. This is a wonderful place with exhibits of shops, school, crafts (including clog making), weaving, distillery, a working mill, old kitchen, chapel etc. Well worth taking a day out for this, except on a Monday when it is closed. Also visible nearby are traditional walled beehives and a haystack. We spent the whole morning here finally tearing ourselves away for lunch (13.00) in the Arreigada again. Their menu del dia is very good.
After siesta we went for another walk around the town, but there were no pilgrims around today, and no-one in the albergue at all at 17.45. We finished off the tuna empanada we had bought in town earlier as our supper and packed our rucksacks ready for the next stage of our walk.

A preserved Asturian hórreo (grain store)

The public barbecue

Sheep graze under the apple trees

The entrance to the museum

The circular wall round the beehives is to keep predators out

A traditional haystack, this style is still in common use

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