Santiago de Compostela
01.09.2012 26 °C
Granite just doesn't float, but that did not stop the enthusiastic efforts to rock a stone boat at Muxia today. A local tradition associated now with a saint and needing a walk to the coast. There were walkers everywhere as a consequence, especially because we also travelled to Finisterra. Some determined hikers add this to their Camino. We went by bus! The views were wonderful and the Atlantic looked deceptively tranquil today, for the Costa da Morte. A special place even if it is not the end of the earth.
One of the most delightful sights was after diving down lanes shaded by arched trees, beside chestnut groves, to walk across a very old stone bridge. The river churned past a couple of ancient mills, over boulders, past a cluster of lovely stone buildings including a classic column of a whitewashed dove cote.
Santiago has so many charms. Intriguing streets, tales to match, and sights like the city from the roof of the great cathedral! Worth the climb up narrow endless stairs. But it also offers a gallery of surrealist works and the stupendous Ciadade of Culture, a cluster of stone faced buildings which is a sculpture in its own right. Quite breathtaking and obviously one reason for the Crisis!
We even formed part of the huge cheer squad assembled in front of the cathedral to send off the cyclists in a stage of the Vuelta. What a buzz to stand next to the GreenEdge team!
Oh and then there's the vino, and the seafood. Only big hassle is that evening meals do not start until close to nine, and siesta is observed by businesses and museums. It does mean things are very peaceful for us in morning walks.
We are off inland tomorrow to check out some Roman and Celtic ruins, and see a bit more countryside of Green Spain.