Santigo de Compostella (back to La Coruna)
12 June 2014
Stu & Shar
After the drive up from Coruna we checked into the hotel that had been booked for the night Shar and Jack arrived.....late that evening I picked up Shar and Jack who were both absolutely shattered when they arrived, both happy to be here but after 30+ hours definitely in need of a decent sleep. Kim and I woke early and had breakfast, while Kim went off to have a look around Santiago, I went out to check the hire car...no car...shit, I thought it had been stolen, but after a few checks and talks with some locals, it turned out the 'Police' had towed it away. I was apparently in a no parking zone, some 180 euros later and a "100 euro discount" from the police, they release it from the compound... the local cop said, you now have a "souvenir" from the Santiago Police....nice scam I was thinking....saying this, I was fascinated by the very ingenious way they picked up a front wheel drive car with the handbrake on (all 4 wheels locked)... When Shar and Jack eventually surfaced we wandered into town to have a look around, Santiago de Compostela is said to be the place Saint James has been laid to rest, with his tomb lying in the Cathedral. It's a pilgrim city with hundreds of thousands of people making the trek here from around the globe, many by walking from all parts of Europe!!....it is a special place to visit and you can't help be moved by what you see.... It was Kim's last night so we all headed out for dinner to one of the restaurants buried in the narrow alley ways of town, said goodbye to Kim when we got back to the hotel, as he was on a 'redeye' flight out of Santiago Airport for trip home to Perth.....Back down to La Coruna which is called the 'Crystal City', because most of the apartments have conservatory windows in them (see photos). I have to mention the "Tower of Hercules"...this is a lighthouse built in Roman time and is the oldest functioning lighthouse left on the planet. It had been functioning as a lighthouse since 63AD.....It was renovated in 1788....when Sydney was just being founded as a colony, absolutely amazing.....The water here is quite cold (15 degrees), but it was a warm day so Jack said I'm going for a swim, "are you going to test it first, I asked"......."no that's for whooses" was the reply...the next few minutes were comical as he raced across the sand and plunged in...then literally walked on water to get out again...it was cold. The Marina Coruna put on a party for us, which we thought was brilliant......actually it was for a group of racing boats (power) that were racing from the Britain to Monte Carlo to re-enact a race that took place in the 70's as well as trying to break the record...they were a good bunch of blokes...good luck guys.