Monday, November 20, 2017

A Coruña, Galicia, Spain. Day one.

After some amazingly beautiful driving through hills and along the coastline, we finally reached our first multiple day location. A Coruña, Galicia.

It is a city of about a quarter of a million people, and it seems all of them are out on the streets each evening eating and drinking and having a fabulous time.

It was inhabited by the Romans from around the 2nd Century BC, where they also built the Tower of Hercules, which is now the world's oldest operating lighthouse. Honestly, we know we were lucky with the weather, but A Coruña is a lovely place. Not too busy, not too quiet. Great food and markets, many places to eat and drink. The streets are quite clean and not too crazy. A really nice place to spend a few days.

In the background you can see the Tower of Hercules, but the foreground holds a community garden.

The imposing but still impressive Tower.

We decided to climb it and see what we could find. This is the view back to the city.

Now, out to the Atlantic. You even have a compass in case you are lost.

The blue of the water was something soothing.

It casts quite a shadow.

The other half of the city.

People look like ants.

Unfortunately you can't get all the way to the top. But even though it is big it still has a delicateness to it.

Loving the shadow of the stones and people.

The stairway down.

See the diagonal lines here, this is the original floor line so that they could ride to the top in a carriage or to take the oil up for the light.

We finished the day with some amazing local wine and aged ham. I don't eat much meat, but when I do I try to make sure it is something special. Here we have aged beef (top) as well as the ham (bottom).

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