The Secret of the Sidra...
When you enter an Asturian 'Sidraría' you will notice a weird smell, wood shavings on the floor, and waiters 'escanciando la sidra' in a for you very strange way...
Sidra is always served as you can see it on the picture. The bottle has to be lifted up high above the head and the cidre be poured into the glass in a certain angle. The glass will only contain a small amount of cidre when the waiter hands it to you. You will be expected to empty it with just one sip, except of a tiny bit that you either spill on the floor (preferably in one of the waste baskets that have been put there for this purpose) or just leave your glass on the table like that. Weird thing, isn´t it?! You will be amused, you will be astounished and you will love it, maybe you will even try this high art by yourself.
The Vasco-Asturiano's Jovellanos terminus was built in the early years of the 20th century. The railway company originally wanted to extend the line underground to a station beneath the Plaza de Escandalera in the city centre, but the nuns in the nearby convent in the calle de la Luna protested - fearing the vibrations set up by the trains would destroy the foundations of their ancient building. The station building was destroyed by fire in the mid-1980s, and a temporary halt provided, beyond the road bridge on which the photographer is standing. Here we see the ceramic advertisements being taken down.
A view inside one of the university courtyards. Oviedo university was founded in 1608.
One of the streets in the old quarter. Much of this part of the city has now been pedestrianised, or at least semi-pedestrianised. Thank goodness!
The city is at its most atmospheric on a wet November morning.
Bobbing umbrellas - no city scene in northern Spain would really be complete without them. Stout footwear is recommended, too. Somehow the rain manages to find every potential leak!
A couple more scenes inside the market hall . . .