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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 22nd 2022

Our morning walking tour of Santiago de Compostela began right at the hotel. Our local guide first took us around the historical Parador to see the courtyards. The Hostal was built around a plan with four courtyards and a chapel in the center. The front two courtyards, Patio San Marcos and Patio San Juan, were built out in the later 16th century, soon after the building was completed. The two in the rear, Patio San Lucas and Patio San Mateo, were not built out until the 18th century. They are in Baroque style and more elaborate than their Renaissance counterparts. Patio San Lucas is notable for its elliptical shape. (The others are rectangular.) The ellipse is said to be a Galician design convention. Patio San Mateo has topiary of crosses and crowns, a nod to Ferdinand ... read more
La Berenguela
Fonte dos Cabalos
Quintana Façade

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 21st 2022

We were now in the Spanish province of Glaicia, which has many historic and linguistic ties to Portugal. Motoring north along Autopista AP-9, we passed Vigo at 3:00 p.m. Catching a glimpse of Vigo was interesting. It has a large Atlantic-facing port and is Spain's most important fishing port. Cruise ships call at Vigo for shore excursions to Santiago de Compostela. The city and port are situated on the Ria de Vigo estuary, which we crossed on the Ponte de Rande highway bridge. A number of raft-looking objects were floating in the estuary. These were Bateas, used for Galician mussel farming. Between Vigo and Pontevedra, the coach made a stop at Área de Servicio San Simón for an afternoon break. Arriving in Santiago de Compostela, the coach boldly drove right up into the historic district and ... read more
Hostal dos Reis Catolicos
Colegio de San Jerónimo
Roasted Barnacles

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 22nd 2022

I owed you a somewhat longer description of our last day to Santiago de Compostela. A day, literally, with a number of highs and lows, but ending with the biggest high: biking into Cathedral square. What satisfaction and happiness. In moments Like this, I have to contain myself to not start openly crying. Not just a tier, but really crying. The three of us embraced which felt great. Lots of pilgrims on the square, most utterly tired but happy-faced. The effort paid off; we made it! Back to our day: this was probably the heaviest day of our journey, with steep climbs from the moment we left the hotel. Since the clock had advanced 1 hour the day before, at our regular hour of starting our rides, 8.00, it was still semi-dark with a temperature of ... read more
Us three!!

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 21st 2022

Vilaboa to Santiago de Compostela 86 km ARRIVED!! For the time being a brief note. After a challenging day on the road, at 6.30 PM, we arrived in Santiago de Compostela. I feel blessed to be in the position and state of health to complete this bike ride. As it turns out, entering the cathedral square, we exactly clocked the distance from Faro to Santiago at 1,000 km or 625 miles. I will write more about today and our stay here in Santiago tomorrow. Now I feel too tired. Before clocking off, one thing I need to get off my chest: I COULD HAVE NEVER COMPLETED THIS TRIP IF IT WEREN’T FOR MARK AND JAAP. MANY THANKS, I OWE YOU GUYS A LOT.... read more
My measure (miles)
Mark's measure
Getting there!!

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela June 9th 2022

Day 35: Finesterre to Santiago de Compostela: Today was basically a traveling day, from Finesterre back to Santiago de Compostela and the same pension we stayed in two days ago. We caught the bus at 10am, again along with a lot of pilgrims, and away we went. I think I slept part of the way. We arrived in Santiago before 1pm and walked back uphill to the pension. After we checked back in, we went out to find a place to eat. We decided on the Restaurant Dakar. Manoli ordered mussels and I had a pork, croquetas and pasta salad. The pork was quite good, and tender. We wandered around town until dinner time, found a supermarket and bought some stuff for dinner and for the trip tomorrow. For dinner I had a paella that was ... read more
My pork, croquetas and salad, and Manoli's mussels
My store-bought paella dinner
The street to the Plaza Mayor

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela June 6th 2022

We were on our way a little before 7am, for our last day on the Camino. First, we passed through San Anton, then saw another scene from the Hobbit. Next, we went from spooky countryside to just the opposite, crossing the highway spotting a plane coming in for a landing at the Santiago Airport. We stopped in The Patio at San Paio for a break just after 8am. After our break, we continued through Lavacolla, passing the 10 kilometers post. By 10:30 we were in Monte de Gozo, but it wasn't like it was 5 years ago. We didn't see any memorial and any place for great views, so we kept going. Just about 11am we entered Santiago de Compostela, and a half an hour later we spotted the Cathedral spire down the street. At 11:47, ... read more
Entering San Anton
Another Hobbit scene
Crossing the highway

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela June 5th 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – SUN, 05 JUN 2022 – Day 6: "Cable car ride to the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. Wine and Mussels tasting on a boat trip. Visit Santiago de Compostela. On this day we will travel through beautiful landscapes. In the city of BRAGA, we will get on the world’s oldest cable car to ride up to the Santuário do BOM JESÚS, where we will enjoy its gorgeous views. We recommend trekking back down in order to admire its beautiful stairway. Then, we will resume our trip and head to Galicia. We will visit the historic town of CAMBADOS in Rías Baixas where we will go on a glass bottom boat trip in which we will learn about the production of mussels and oysters. Wine and mussel tasting included. At lunchtime we ... read more
Along the Way in Northern Portugal and Northwestern Spain
Along the Way in Northern Portugal and Northwestern Spain
Along the Way in Northern Portugal and Northwestern Spain

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela June 5th 2022

We packed up and left the albergue about 6:30, wound our way out of O Pedrouzo, and finally entered Arzua. The address for the albergue and my Camino App implied they were the same, but they weren't. There were a couple of kilometers between them. We saw a couple churches on our way through Arzua, and finally entered As Barrosas, where we stopped at Cafe/Bar Preguntono for a break. I took a photo of a town, way off, in the fog, but I'm still not sure if it was O Pedrouzo, our destination for today. After our coffee break, we continued on, passing A Peroxa, and El Lugar de Tabernavella (apparently its the name of the town). We crossed the highway on a bridge that had stickers all over it, then walked through a scene from ... read more
Capela da Madalena in Arzua
Igrexa de Santiago de Arzúa
Entering As Barrosas

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela November 2nd 2021

We made it!!!! And it was great having our niece Courtney meet us Pics are from the last couple of days. Will post more pics of SdC in another post. Plan to go to Pilgrims mass tomorrow. A bit disappointing the botafumeria appears to only be done on special holidays. But the city is gorgeous. We arrived in a slight rain. But hope to take some pics tomorrow. All and all. A great experience and so grateful we had the opportunity and health to do it!!! ... read more
So beautiful.  And just for a minute some blue sky
Such a beautiful walk this morning with a slight mist

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 21st 2021

Nachdem ich durch den gestrigen 4:0-Sieg des FC Bayern in guter Stimmung war, habe ich heute Santiago de Compostela erkundet. Die wichtigste Sehenswürdigkeit ist natürlich die Kathedrale und die Plätze und Gebäude drum herum. Dabei entdeckt man viele Pilger, die zu Fuß den Jakobsweg gelaufen sind. Einer hat sich auf den Platz vor dem Gotteshaus gesetzt und genehmigte sich genussvoll eine Zigarre. All das sieht sehr schön aus und ich erinnere mich an meinen Besuch im Jahr 1991. Dabei habe ich heute auch in einem Café mal wieder einen Cappuccino getrunken. Leider gibt es ja in der Stadt kein Starbucks. Mittlerweile bin ich wieder im Hotel. Dort telefonierte ich mit der Heimat, bereitete meine weitere Fahrt morgen in südlicher Richtung vor, schreibe an meinem Blog und gehe gleich nochmals mit dem Firmenrechner online. Später werde ich ... read more
Spaziergang durch Santiago de Compostela.
Spaziergang durch Santiago de Compostela.
Spaziergang durch Santiago de Compostela.

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