For info this is quite a long post as it’s been quite an eventful day.
As it is rather overcast today I’ve decided to take a train to Santiago de Compestela to see the famous cathedral and whatever else the city has to offer.
Walked the 25 mins or so to A Coruna train station. Picked up some pastries, sweet and savoury for my breakfast. Also thought I may have spotted a waterfall in the city at the end of a street, but I’ll come to that later.
Just awaiting the train. Looking forward to the adventure.
The trains are so much better than in the UK. More like being in a plane than a train but with loads more legroom. I guess many of these trains go a long way:
Once off the train the sun came out. Seems I left the clouds in La Coruna. Just a short walk ahead to the cathedral and a lovely walk at that:
Well this city is beautiful. I’ve pretty much been in the old town area near the cathedral, accepted a tiny area in a big city, but the architecture is great. There are lots of beautiful pedestrianised areas full of tapas bars. It is very much a tourist hub.
Sadly the front of the cathedral is being restored as are some areas inside, but it is well old so probably needs tarting up every now and again.
There seems to be lots of walkers who seem to have taken the pilgrim route to here. They all look knackered. There are also lots of cyclists whom I suspect cycle the route.
Being a Sunday it was pretty packed with what seemed like mass services going on repeatedly. Lots of people seemed to be queuing in a very long line inside the cathedral to ’embrace the apostle’. Not being a Catholic I stayed out of this queue and left it to those who were clearly moved to be inside this place.
You could also lean into a box to do confession to a priest. I declined as I’d be there way too long!!
A batch of photos below from the cathedral and city in general.
Square outside the cathedral:
Front of the Cathedral not looking too great at the moment:
View from the square outside the Cathedral:
Some woman with lungs of steel playing the bagpipes:
Some kids doing some Acrogymnastics. No idea why!
Entrance to the cathedral:
As you can imagine there are lots of restaurants on the main drag with people having their ‘menu del dia’ however as I do I wondered down some stairs to an interesting basic place with a smattering of Spanish people in.
One of the waiters came over and told me he is trying to improve his English and they had two Scots in here last year. Am I really the only British person to pass these doors in 2017?? Doubt it!
The guy has rustled me up a mini jug of sangria as it’s normally a litre (I think it maybe the sort with brandy in as I’m feeling a little light headed after a glass!) and I’m just waiting for my mixed paella.
Paella was banging.
Took a stroll into Parque da Almeda. Now I wish my local park had such glorious views:
Also found an abandoned church type building in the middle of the park. Shame it’s been left to rack and ruin:
Well just having a cafe con leche in the park, in the sun before my train home. It seems to be a Portuguese cafe.
Guess I’m not a million miles from the border of Portugal hence the influence.
Back to Santiago de Compostela train station. Not a bad view from here either:
Train was bang on time. 28 minute ride back to A Coruna.
Now back to ‘the waterfall’ I thought I’d seen earlier, or was it just a figment of my imagination??
Once off the train I got my map out and headed towards where I thought it may be. Looked like it was near a park. Went into the park and there were loads of people just chilling. This is how parks should be used:
Continued through the park and up the hill to the science museum/planetarium:
On the walk up could hear some music blaring out from somewhere. Also saw these ladies looking very excited:
Where are they going? The civic centre of course, where all the OAPs hang out and shake their groove:
Yet again an experience I’d never had encountered had I not gone off the beaten track!
In the meantime, despite having a little groove myself with the OAPs I had still not found the elusive waterfall.
Realised at this point I was pretty high up so made my way down out of the park. As I exited I was by a massive building which was the opera house. Low and behold next to the opera house entrance was the waterfall. The photos don’t do the size justice. Seemed weird it was right in the middle of the city:
Another great day. Thank you Galicia.