Nov 28 – LA CORUNA Spain

28 NOV  La Coruna, Spain

The city of glass – provided just a flicker of its reflected splendor as the sun rose and the overcast skies wrapped up the day. In the northern coast of Spain La Coruna has the same tall narrow traditional architecture but with a bonus – the balconies are framed in and glazed to resist the winds. With the light reflecting off the multitude of tiny panes it glitters like a facetted sun.
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Many of the voyagers headed off on tours and train to Santiago de Compostello (the walking pilgrimage church). I simply worked throughout a couple of local plazas and walked the spacious promenade to enjoy the breeze and dramatic black shoreline.

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I finally got a chill and gave up my outdoor sketching. A warm seat in the plaza café – with a glass of red wine to complement a FABULOUS grilled dish of tiny octopus and pieces of squid. So fresh, simple and flavorful. I try not to talk about food…but these were memorable meals !
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A huge banner was stretched across the front of the cathedral…I assumed it was some kind of blessing to celebrate or mourn the fishermen.  My young waiter translated it for me “La Coruna supports small grid fishing”. A protest against the huge trawlers. Not a cathedral at all the government building was a buzz of activity.
I hope with all my wonderful meals of fresh local seafood I was supporting the local trade.

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And then it was back to the ship. The first solo leg of my journey is done.
Now to pick up Brian in Southampton and off to the Mediterranean!
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2 Responses to “Nov 28 – LA CORUNA Spain”

  1. Sonia Mocnik December 28, 2015 8:55 pm #

    Jan, been waiting to read this and it is so wonderful! I love all the great photos and your sketches and paintings ..wow! Can’t wait to read more! Happy New Year to you and Brian!

    • Jan December 29, 2015 7:58 am #

      Thanks Sonia!
      more to come as I finish my writing (from scraps of scribble in my notebook) and decide on the feature pics from my 3000+ photos. A wonderful journey and still reeling from the history of the place.
      Salud senora. Juana

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