Visiting the Paul y Tamara
This was a few days away from London; and visiting my friends Paul and Tamara. This was my second visit to Spain, and it was the first staying with real Galicians.
The town is quite quiet, and a little quaint. However it was a pleasant enough town to visit.
On the Saturday evening, we went to the bar across the street to watch the Madrid v Barcelona match. This convinced me I should be a Madrid fan! The memory of the game, is that as Figo was trying to take a penalty, a pig's head was thrown onto the pitch! The players were taken off the pitch for about 40 minutes before the game resumed.
"Camino di Santiago"
The pilgrims trail passes by and the churches are open for worship. There are quite a few interesting restaurants on the trail and in close proximity to it.
We had lunch in a nearvy eatery, which served us 1kil of steak, which was sliced and we had to cook it ourselves over coals and a hot plate. It was excellent. Not something that one person can eat by themselves I would suggest.
the tide seems to have gone out!
We walked to the coast, it was low tide, but it was peaceful and relaxing. In some respects it looked and felt a little like some of the seaside towns on the Firth of Forth in Scotland.
Pontevedra is the smallest provincial capital in Galicia. It has a classical medieval centre. It was known to the Romans as Ad Duos Pontes, and reached it's height of sucess in the 16th century when it was the largets city in Galicia. The Santa Maria, the flagship of Colom's flagship on his journey to find the New World.
There is a legend that the birthpalce of Colom (Christopher Columbus) is Pontevedra.