My brother Jorge is getting married on January 18th, 2003 with Lucia, his girl-friend.
They are going to celebrate it with our family, and in the evening, we are having a party for Jorge's friend in a pub in Oviedo.
Good luck for them, and be happy!
Just to prove that sunny days do occur, here is a view of the outside area of the main market hall, with El Fontán on the right.
The inner courtyard of El Fontán.
And the far side of El Fontán, with the open air market on the point of closing for lunch.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the Fábrica de Mieres steelworks exploited iron ore mines above Villapérez, on the northern slopes on Monte Naranco. The ore travelled by 600 mm gauge railway to a point adjacent to San Pedro de los Arcos church, then descended an inclined plane to a staithe adjacent to the Gijón to Mieres and León main line. Although all traces of the inclined plane have been swept away by nearly 90 years of urban redevelopment, the trackbed of the railway survived, and in the late 1990s was reconditioned as a 'Vía Verde' - a footpath and cycleway, offering some super views eastwards across the Nora valley and, on a very clear day, the Sierra del Sueve and Picos de Europa. The path is known locally as the 'Pista Finlandesa' because of the curious exercise structures (parallel bars and suchlike) positioned at intervals alongside it.
This is the view eastwards from just above the 'Pista Finlandesa' - the latter can be seen part-way up the hillside on the left.
And, from the same location, the view towards the southwest - with part of the city area in the middle distance - on a very windy day in early March 2008, with showers sweeping across the 1,700 m high rampasrt of the Sierra de Morcín.
A couple of 'hórreos' (grain stores) on the road which ascends to the summit of Monte Naranco. Here city and countryside are still in close juxtaposition . . . but for how much longer, I wonder.
Departure time . . .