Day 9 of the trip saw us crossing over the top of
heading for its capital Santiago de Compostela. Allegedly the remains of St
James the Apostol were brought to in 813 AD for burial, and pilgrims have been
flocking here ever since. Galicia
|the back of the cathedral|
|If you go upstairs you can "embrace" the Apostle??|
|Lots of carvings and pictures of this fella|
35 degrees in
can be hard work, the green hills in this area start to give up a lot of the
moisture they are holding onto and the humidity goes through the roof!! While
we were starting to look for a place for lunch I suddenly caught the smell of
BBQ and down below us to the right on a minor road we found this place. All you
can eat for 20 euros. The place was packed with locals and tourists alike.
Whoever though of stocking the fires so that the smoke drifted across the main
highway was a genius !
|When we finished this they just asked if we wanted more!!|
I had been warned by my sister that access to the area around the cathedral was limited bordering on impossible and it was more by luck and ignoring some no entry signs that we found the entrance to our hotel right opposite the back entrance to the cathedral. We unloaded the bike and registered and for the first time on the trip we had to put the bike into a public car park for safe keeping. Never mind. Our hotel was an old monastery and while the rooms were sparse they were comfortable and cool.
|The entrance to the hotel|
|Inside was nice|
The next day was spent wandering around the old city and trying to find not only the religious parts (of which there are many, cathedral etc) but the other interesting places like the meat and fish market we stumbled upon.
|fish market in full swing|
|Lots of interesting places to discover|
The early evening nightlife in
is fantastic. Once everyone has woken up from their siesta the street cafes and
tapas bars come to life and it’s a great way to people watch while having a
drink and some nice nibbles. In fact this was becoming our evening meal as we
ate our main meal at lunch time as eating at 10.00 in the evening is not my
|Cafe culture in the evening - Great|
|Good beer, but beware at 8.2%!!!|
|Octopus tapas, mmmmm!!|
|Different buskers each night at this place|