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Oviedo, Spain-- 6 months in european urban paradise

I lived in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain for the first 6 months of 2008. Oviedo is a small city of (220.000) in the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain. Oviedo is the political, economical and cultural capital of Asturias although it is slightly smaller than neighboring Gijon. You may recognize the city from Woody Allen's film Vicky Cristina Barcelona. There is a life size statue of Woody Allen in downtown Oviedo. Please excuse the poor quality of the photos, I think my camera costs about $50

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oviedo

The cathedral is in the middle of the historic city center.


A traditional Asturian festival in the square that the cathedral overlooks


In front of the museum of fine arts


It deserves four photos


The rest of the square with the cathedral


La Calle Mon, one of the oldest streets in the city. Also the center of the nightlife


La Calle Mon


La plaza del sol. Adjacent to la calle mon. One of the hot spots during the evening


A weekday night


Near la calle mon


Near the cathedral


Headed towards the commercial downtown


One of my favorite buildings


Another favorite


Por la noche


Across the street


Random buildings in the center














One of the first pictures I took in Oviedo, you can see the tallest building in the background. A 22 story condo tower


On to the downtown park, campo de san francisco






Peacocks run free in the park. They are very loud and annoying. When they run into the streets you will see good samaritan run after them to shoo them back into the park... priceless.











My favorite cafe, cafe titanic. It was across the street from school


School, la universidad de oviedo. It celebrated its 400th birthday while I was there


A sunny day






outside the mall. "Leave the sadness (the city center shopping district), enter the happiness (the mall)


My house! C/ de San Melchor García Sampedro 54-2˚ C. It took me a while to learn


kitchen


living room


There is a sizable movement to get the regional language, Asturianu, recognized my the national government. Its official within the Principality. Most city dwellers think its a barbarian farmer language.




The city is littered with statues. This one, La gorda (the fat lady) is a popular meeting spot downtown


across the street is "el culo" (the ass)








Espero que hayáis disfrutado
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Another beautiful looking Spanish city I must check out. Thanks.
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Looks nice. It's also nice to see pictures taken by an American, and so it doesn't feel quite as foreign.

Does anyone happen to know anything about the ruins in the park?
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Looks nice. It's also nice to see pictures taken by an American, and so it doesn't feel quite as foreign.
What on earth does this mean?


Nice pics, beautiful city.
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Definitely some gorgeous architecture! Looks like a great place to spend 6 months.
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Great shots, man. It's amazing how these relatively unknown, smaller cities can put to shame American cities many times their size in terms of architecture, urbanity, human-scaled build environs, etc.

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'Da hell?
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Does anyone happen to know anything about the ruins in the park?
From what I remember, the city moved them there in the 1920's. They're from the Iglesia de San Isidoro of the 1200's.

This is the present Iglesia de San Isidoro built in 1681
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Well done, thanks for introducing us to this gem.
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Espero que hayáis disfrutado
Me gusto mucho!
Muchas gracias!
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¿Porqué? ¿Porqué no nací como Español?
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What a treat! I did a driving tour of Spain back in the 80's with a rental car and I missed this.

Special treat! Outdoor sculptures! That's enough for me to jump in a plane and go over there!
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So beautiful! What a gem, thanks for sharing.
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