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Memories of Travel Experiences. Week 4. Into North East Spain

Galicia and Northern Portugal.The eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula consists of Portugal and, sitting on top of this wonderful country is Galicia in the North Eastern corner of Spain.
We had first planned to visit this part of Spain with friends when we still had our Honda Gold Wing motorbike - 2008? The plan had been to travel through France, over the Pyrenees through the Basque country of Northern Spain to explore the mountains of the Asturias of which we had heard so much. From there we would go to the far west coast of Spain into Galicia to visit the hidden parts that simply look like a insignificant pinpricks on a map but in truth are enchanting discoveries Our friends had enthused about a little place on the west coast called O Grove. Santiago de Compostela was also on our list. The route and all the hotels were planned but it was not to be.
Some years later we heard of an escorted tour to Galicia and the Duoro Valley in Northern Portugal to the places that we had abandoned …

Memories of Pre-Lockdown Travel Experiences.

Along with the rest of humanity, we were forced to cancel our long-awaited travel plans.Hotels were closed. Borders were closed. We were in lockdown along with everyone else but with the added  experience of quarantine until mid June (Wales) as we had the shielding letter. Unable to  go anywhere. May was a difficult month as I descended into a 'what might have been' frame of mind. I am sure that many of you were battling with that as well.So for now, I am going to relive some of the places that we hoped to visit. This week, Portugal to see family. Over the last few years we have spent short periods in Central Portugal. Central Portugal is on a level geographically with Central Spain and going eastwards Madrid and Zaragoza before crossing the Pyrenees. Unlike the Algarve in the south, we found ourselves among the mountains, valleys and some of the most beautiful scenery you can hope to find. 

We have visited some of the villages around. Indeed the first time we stayed on a Quinta o…