The bus arrived in Ponferrada at midday, where I was met by Jorge from Hacienda El Val. After doing some shopping and banking, we drove to his place a it 5 kms out of town. He stopped on the way to pick a big bunch of yellow iris growing by the roadside because tomorrow is his saints day!
The restoration of this old hacienda is very much a work in progress, as he puts in new guest rooms and numerous other projects. He cooked a late lunch of Caldo (soup), followed by trout stuffed with jamon. It was now raining heavily and I was glad to be inside.
Later we went for a short drive to the village where he was born. We looked at some very interesting restorations of houses which had been done with no expense spared. Kevin M should come here with his film crew!