Friday, September 21, 2007
Return to Santiago de Compostela
I got a note on the blog that we sound like we are having a lot of fun, but where are the photos of us? I take a few of Camillo now and then but only once in a while give Camillo the camera to take one of me.... but today to prove to you that we are here and, yes, we are having a great time, I have included photos of Camillo joining the Pilgrims at the finish, me enjoying lunch. Camillo with his video camera in front of the Cathedral and .... my contemplation of the view from the Park Alameda (a garden with huge old Oak trees high above the city.) with one of my intellectual friends at the end of the afternoon. We had left the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela until last and it was not the highlight of this visit. To me it was the most commercial of all the churches and Cathedrals we have visited - anywhere. They didn't charge for us to go in like many do, but it was definitely set up to move the tourist through, and not for quiet thought and appreciation.
The city is charming, well maintained and easy to enjoy. Today we viewed the cathedral, walked the small side streets, ate and took a train ride (little bus-like train) around through the streets to try and see all that we could see. For example the train went through the university campus, this is something that was too far out for us to walk to see. The university has a beautiful tree lined campus and some unusual designed buildings.