Crossing the mountains that divide León from Asturias, Renfe’s high-speed Alvia train slows to a crawl to negotiate tight turns. Having a bit more time to enjoy the views didn’t seem to upset anyone. Photo ©Mike Randolph
Every Wednesday and Saturday in the city of León, vendors set up stalls in the Plaza Mayor to sell meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and even socks and underwear. In the past, prices weren’t always fixed and haggling was the norm. Today however, you might have a harder time shaving off a few euros from your bill, but many abuelos still insist on negotiating the price of their cheese.
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The spectacular landscape of ochre-red cliffs known as Las Médulas, in Castilla y León, owes its shape to the Romans, who used hydraulic mining techniques to get at the area’s rich gold deposits. It was the most important gold mine in the entire Roman Empire, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Las Médulas are no longer mined, mining in León is still an important part of the economy. Note the mine in the distance. Photo ©Mike Randolph