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Santiago Apóstol

March 23, 2015
Santiago Apóstol

Santiago Apóstol

Santiago de Compostela, is one of the most important sites in Christianity, and the destination for pilgrims, because within Catedral de Santiago  lies the remains of Santiago Apóstol, the Apostle James, brother of John the Baptist, and follower of Jesus.

Apostle James travelled far, as far as what is now Spain and Portugal. On his return, he was executed by Herod, and his body dismembered. Two of his followers, gathered up his remains, and set sail in an unseaworthy boat. They somehow traversed the Mediterranean, passed through the Straits of Gibraltar, and were shipwrecked in Galicia.

James was entombed, later by his side, his two followers.

Several hundred years later 820 AD, the hermit Pelagius discovered the tombs and conveyed his finds to the Bishop Theodemir. News reached King Alfonso II who ordered a chapel be built, now Catedral de Santiago.

The remains of St James are now in a niche in a casket in a tiny crypt.

Each day at midday a special mass in Catedral de Santiago for pilgrims who have walked El Camino de Santiago.

A Coruña

March 23, 2015
el tren a A Coruña

el tren a A Coruña

My advice on going to A Coruña, don´t.

I was going to a major Picasso exhibition in A Coruña, only not open on Monday.

Having decided to go, I decided to go anyway.

An expensive mistake, a waste of time, a waste of money.

Not knowing where the station was,  and to save time, I got a taxi.

No timetable, half an hour wait in the cold for a train. I was asked what time was I returning. I had no idea, other than sometime in the afternoon. Ticket office gave me a ticket for the last train.

A pleasant train journey, countryside very similar to heathland in south of England, gorse in flower.

At A Coruña, half an hour wait for a bus to the centre on a very busy, polluted junction. No 5 bus. 1.30 euros.

Hopped off the bus, traffic, ugly, cut through and caught the bus back. Same bus.

Live update at bus stops. Not only how long to wait for bus, but map showing where the bus is.

On the bus next stop shown, and announced.

At station unable to get through the barrier, apparently ticket only valid for the last train. Man manning the barriers shouted at me to change the ticket. Luckily was possible to change, at no cost. But what a bloody stupid system. And luckily I had the time, otherwise I would have missed the train.

Had I not known the time of the train, I would not have known what train to catch, as only shown final destination.  Yet another example of bloody stupid system. And expensive. 10.80 euros for return ticket, 6 euros single.

Interesting feature of trains. Seats recline and between the seats, two power points.

No wifi.

Forty-five minutes return as slow stopping train.

From station, walked to old part of Santiago de Compostela. About 15 minutes walk.

Illegal to erect rooftop solar arrays

March 22, 2015

In Galicia, the system used to be, generate your own renewable electricity, instead of selling it to the big energy company, supply them, they supply you, and all you pay for is the difference.

That was the system, it worked. it encouraged the installation of rooftop solar arrays.

That was the system, but it was scrapped. Not only was it scrapped, but the regional government at the behest of the big energy companies who cannot compete with rooftop solar arrays, has made it illegal to install rooftop solar arrays.

Time for Podemos, time for local, community controlled grids. Fair price for suppliers, fair price for consumers. Only the surplus from the local grid would be fed into the national grid.

Local, community controlled grids put local communities in charge, put out of business big grids, big power companies.

Tarta de chocolate en O Paris

March 22, 2015
tarta de chocolate

tarta de chocolate

Excelente tarta de chocolate.

Quality tea, though they had not a clue how to make tea. They allowed me to show them.

They appeared to know how to make coffee, though I did not try.

Almuerzo en Monasterio de San Martín Pinario

March 22, 2015
Refectory

Refectory

vino tinto

vino tinto

The church of the Monasterio de San Martín Pinario is now a museum.

A much larger building facing Catedral de Santiago has its doors wide open, open times displayed, and yet when you walk in, told it is not open to the public.

There is though another entrance.

This leads to a vey impressive hotel, and yet only a one star Pension.

Leading off from the cloisters, the Refectory, now serving food.

  1. caldo Gallego
  2. escalope de cerdo con ensalada
  3. manzano asado

Galican broth (potatoes and vegetables), escalope of pork with salad and chips, with baked apple as dessert.

The broth was a meal in itself. An alternative starter octopus and potatoes, portion size sufficient for a main meal.

Served with bread, a bottle of red wine and  a large bottle of water

Followed by coffee or tea.

Misa para los peregrinos

March 22, 2015
setting Botafumeiro in motion

setting Botafumeiro in motion

setting Botafumeiro in motion

setting Botafumeiro in motion

catching sunbeams

catching sunbeams

Each and every day a special mass in Catedral de Santiago for pilgrims who have walked El Camino de Santiago.

Today Sunday, the cathedral packed, standing room only.

No sooner had the mass  finished, then another mass presided over by the Bishop.

For the midday mass, there was no swinging of the censer or Botafumeiro, but for the mass that followed there was. The difference to the other days, it was allowed to slowly slowly, swing to a halt.

Falafel y ensalada en Hervor y Fervor

March 21, 2015
Hervor y Fervor

Hervor y Fervor

Hervor y Fervor a very old bar, or at least gives the appearance of being.

Falafel was listed on its own. This I querried, to learn served with salad, or rather served with lettuce.

The falafel was slightly overcooked, otherwise excellent.

The salad would have been much improved by addition of a little sliced tomato and onion.

The beer was disgusting.

People were eating Japanese food. Not on the menu. Chalked up on  a board. Special for last night and tonight.

Loud music, very noisy.

An art exhibion on the walls.

Live music Tuesday nights.

Sunset

March 21, 2015
sunset

sunset

Setting sun.

Sopa de champiñones en O Paris

March 21, 2015
O Paris

O Paris

Excellent cream of mushroom soup in O Paris.  Served with bread, for which there was no extra charge.

It was actually the starter for menú el día but I did not want anything else.

Pleasant environment, pleasant staff but spolit by loud music.

As I was leaving, I saw a delicious looking chocolate cake being served, and thought maybe good choice for afternoon tea and cake another day.

I was very surprised to find dogs allowed.

One bad review on TripAdvisor  by someone writing rubbish claiming O Paris failed to honour a reservation. They did not fail to honour for the simple fact they do not take reservations. No one bar a fool would even try to make a reservation, as only a small place.

A completely different experience to A-Vaca, which I strongly recommend avoid.

Alameda

March 21, 2015
Alameda

Alameda

Alameda is a park, a wooded hillside,  tree-lined avenues, with views across to open countryside.

More like England than Spain, with daffodils.

The park even has a bandstand.

The trees, not yet in leaf, from the peeling bark, appeared to be pollarded Plane trees.

Sitting atop the hillside, the derelict church of Santa Susana.

In contrast with old city of Santiago de Compostela which is freezing cold with a freezing cold north wind blowing, Alameda pleasantly warm.


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