Nov 27, 2009
We arrived in Spain on the weekend of a Spanish religious holiday so everything was shut but a tremendous time to go to Santiago de Compostela, the destination for so many pilgrims. We couldn't work out how to get into the city and we're used to trying for some time. We were finally beaten and ended up not visiting it! So we went to La Coruna where the Spanish enjoy promenading along the promenade morning and evening, but not afternoons. Plenty to see and we selected the oldest working lighthouse in the world, Torre de Hercules. Built in the second century by the Romans but had extensive remodelling in later years. The archaeological museum which had a pleasing small mix of items, including needles made out of bone that could have been naarlbinding needles - they were of the same dimensions and specifications as the ones we made for our last host. There was also a replica of a very old boat made of twigs and leather mostly. The city's old quarter was good but others have been far superior. The San Pedro park was fun. It was a military installation and on top of a big hill. There were big old guns pointing out to sea, we got lost in the maze and the ice cream was deserved. It was a hectic day and we decided promenading was too much like hard work so we drank coffee, checked email on wifi and watched MTV at an Aussie bar on the prom.