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Travel Blogs from Santiago de Compostela
Arriving Thursday night for the bucks party, it was a frantic drop off Belinda and E at the amazing hotel where the wedding was before driving up to La Coruna. I found the team pretty easily (Anthony did a fab job organising) and ended up partying till 6am. Friday was a bit weary, needing a disco nap in the afternoon before a meal out in the city …
... got a taxi to the hostel and got a good night's sleep after the long journey and another long week at work for me. I lay on the bunk-bed listening to the sound of the rain bouncing off the terrace awning; every time I woke up it was still raining.
In the morning we had some breakfast and got our first view of the famous cathedral from the common room window. The owner of the hostel said to us he was going to tell it like it is: it rains ...
So, 1,120km, some blisters, shin splints, many laughs, some querying of my sanity and lots of wonderful memories and new friends later, I have arrived in Santiago! I must admit that I look at the map and see the distance I have traversed on foot - almost the equivalent of the entire width of Spain - and I still find it hard to believe that I have done it. We just don't conceive of covering such distances in such a slow and fundamental manner anymore and yet once it was the ...
... least favorite one. The inside was just over the top with gold on everything, and it was too intricate. However, it was still really gorgeous, especially the outside. The building is Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque since it was built during all these periods. We were able to see half of a mass, and see when they swing the "Botafumeiro". This is the world's largest censer, weighing in at around 177 lbs. It has 88 lbs. of charcoal and ...
... a wonderful breakfast that kept us going for the whole day.
The main attraction to Santiago is the Cathedral, the designation for thousands upon thousands of pilgrims through the centuries putting their feet to the road on the Camino de Santiago trek. The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) is seen pilgrims walk hundreds of kilometres to pay homage to the remains of St. James in ...
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- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility