mardi 1 juillet 2008
Santiago de Compostela
As all Spanish cities, this is a city for pedestrians. There is a large historical centre where the Cathedral, museums and cloisters are situated and lots of pedestrian walkways.
It is interesting to sit and watch the pilgrims arrive on the Prazza de cathédrale, mixed in with local people going about their business and tourists. When we arrived on Sunday, it seemed to me that there were only pilgrims around. I did not notice other people. It was an all important moment for us!
Even after having walked and climbed and descended paths, roads and sometimes what seemed like river beds along the way, being in a city with hills and steps everywhere is exhausting! This morning I went to the local market. There is the usual indoor stalls for meat, fish and dairy products and like all European markets, the chickens come plucked but with their heads and claws. There were farmers' stalls, many selling hot peppers. There was a whole stall of salted cod and other fish and of course all the seafood you can imagine including octopus which you will find on almost all menus. Arlette ordered it one evening. It arrived complete in her plate as if it were alive! She claims it was delicious. She hasn't ordered any since.
Tomorrow we fly to Paris and Thursday we fly back home. This has been an extraordinary experience but I can't wait to be back home!