A bonus: A Caruna

En route to Santiago de Compostela today; a slight change in schedule allowed us time for a stop in A Coruna in the Galicia region. This coastal town has a major port for shipping and cruise ships. The town sparkles with white buildings and expansive squares. A gorgeous cathedral lines the Plaza Mayor. Here we stopped for the healthiest lunch I have had so far – a delicious broth that is a local specialty followed by a salad of artichoke, white asparagus, tuna, hard boiled egg and greens.

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The city is on one of the many routes of the Camino pilgrimage, and we saw walkers with their backpacks and walking sticks, including a triple amputee using prosthetics.

The Galician area of Spain is another fiercely independent “nation.” Tucked into the northwest corner of Spain bordering on Portugal, the Galicians’ unique language sounds like a blend of Portuguese and Castillian. They have their own cuisine and a proud history that predates the 1492 union of Spain.

After lunch we had a side tour of the city including a stop at the UNESCO world heritage site: the Roman tower of Hercules. It was built by at least the 2nd Century AD, modelled on the lighthouse at Alexandria.

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Most tours have tightly controlled regimes which don’t deviate – one of the things making this trip so special is the spontaneity and local knowledge of Rosa and Chrissy. There seem to be new surprises every day!

Jan

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