LiérganesApril 22 in Spain
With another 140km under our belts we arrived at the town of Liérganes. It was Sunday and Sunday in Liérganes meant market day. The high street was packed as we crawled past stalls and shoppers towards the car park, becoming increasingly pessimistic about our chances of finding a spot. We were right to be worried, half a dozen vans, lorries, a coach and many, many cars filled the place we'd hoped to spend the night, as well as the surrounding streets. The service area was thankfully still free, so we backed the van in and took our time filling and emptying, whilst keeping an eye out for anyone leaving. Fortunately a car vacated its space and we were able to nip in before anybody else.
After lunch we took the short walk past the train station and accross the river to the bustling market. Perusing the goods proffered under the arched branches of Plane trees, we found many things to interest us; food stalls sold cheeses, hams, eggs, processed fish, fruit, veg and honey as well as dried goods. There was a specialist tea stall where we found some cardamom for Vicky's chai and a dried fruit stall where we bought pineapple for our museli mix. Unlike many markets, there wasn't any sellers of street food, probably because of the multitude of cafés lining the pavement. We treated ourselves to some delicious cream cakes at a pasteleria (cake shop) and took them back to the van along with an ice cream for Vicky.
As the day progressed, the car park remained busy and the occasional intercity train rumbled into the terminus, departing with a high pitched 'peep' of the whistle. As the light faded the clouds darkened and a thunderstorm broke over us, the sky illuminated with electric flashes of light and the air wrought with peals of thunder.
Come morning, the day visitors had departed, leaving just the lorries and vans to slowly make their way to destinations new.Read more