Santiago de Compostela

The train from Vilagarcia only took about an hour but it rained most of the day. Luckily, there are a lot of covered walkways in Santiago de Compostela, probably because it does rain there a lot! We had a great day wandering around this amazing place that has had so many pilgrims over the centuries. The main cathedral was huge with very good audio guides that made you really appreciate the history. It has been a place of pilgrimage since the 9th Century and is the capital of Galicia. Before going round the cathedral we stopped for a coffee and whilst we were there, DSCN7600we saw this car reversing out of its garage in the middle of the cobbled streets with bearing inches clearance each side. Truly remarkable.

The cathedral itself is incredibly lavish with many smaller shrines around the main altar. Hundreds of thousands of people visit it each year and many light candles for loved ones. Sadly, the candles are electric these days, presumably to reduce the fire risk but it seems a real shame as it doesn’t feel the same to push a button! They still ask for donations though! After walking around the city, we stopped at a coffee shop to have a Galician speciality, churros and chocolate. And by chocolate, think of a whole bar liquified!

It was a lovely day ending with yet another lovely meal on board Nimrod.

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