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.
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.
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 !
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.