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Plaza de Platerías

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16 travelers at this place:

  • Day26

    Santiago

    November 10, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    The cathedral stands in all its glory and for the first time in years without scaffolding. Welcome to the city of pilgrims. I love this place!

    Met up with forum friends at Taberna do Bispo , my favourite tapas bar, did some shopping in the stylish boutiques (Annette bought an absolutely stunning dress), had coffee in the old world charm of Cafe Casino and then - the most amazing private tour of the newly restored Portico of Glory in the Cathedral.
    My thanks to Sybille Yates, who made it possible. Photographs are strictly forbidden, so I can’t show you, but the restoration has been beautifully done.

    Annette and I are staying in a very nice boutique hotel - right beside the cathedral. The good thing about this time of year is the drop in hotel prices. This place would normally be out of my budget.
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  • Day27

    And the botafumeiro swings

    November 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    The end of the journey. Prayers for some very special people at the tomb of the Apostle. Candles lit. A hug for James. Mass attended - with A choir and the bishop presiding. How come the men get to wear glorious colourful costumes and the nuns are stuck in dreary black?

    And then the botafumeiro swings. Still the best show in town.Read more

  • Day50

    Around Santiago

    June 6, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    We spent part of the morning doing a little shopping, then went back to the Cathedral to watch some pilgrims arrive in the square. We found a seat and waited for the noon Pilgrim’s Mass to start. It was a full house, with all seats taken and people finding standing room everywhere.

    The officiating priest read out the countries from which pilgrims had travelled, and their starting points, according to yesterday’s records from the Pilgrims’ Office - Spain, France, Germany, USA, Korea, Paraguay, Argentina...

    We chos a good Mass to attend: at the end of the service, the Botafumeiro— a huge incense burner — was sent swinging to the rafters. I’ll try to post pictures...

    We also visited St. James’ remains, kept in a silver reliquary below the alter.

    And then we went out for octopus and roasted sausage for lunch!
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  • Day49

    We’ve Arrived!

    June 5, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 54 °F

    We’re in Santiago! We arrived yesterday afternoon after a longer walk than planned —

    At 10:00 yesterday morning, with only 12 miles to go, we decided to forge on through the rain so we could wake up this morning in our nice Santiago hotel room (instead of walking 6 miles through more rain this morning). So our total walk was 38 days, plus 2 rest days in Burgos and Santiago.

    After a rest yesterday afternoon and a bit of liquid refreshment, we picked up our Compostelas at the Pilgrims Office. Lots of tired but happy people waiting in line with us —

    Looks like our days here will be rainy, so we’ll visit the Cathedral and eat more Spanish food!
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  • Day14

    Camino Day 7

    April 24, 2018 in Spain ⋅

    Up and out for our last day on the Camino. Left from our hotel door steps in Sarria. Through the Old Town and down the trail to a beautiful green grassy area with a stream running through it and a picturesque bridge. A beautiful trail today, forests, lots of green fields, flowers and many more pilgrims. Many start from Sarria as it is 100KM from Santiago, the distance required to get the Camino certificate. Foggy to begin but bright sunshine the last 2 miles. A stop to enjoy the last moments a mile from the end on a terrace overlooking the fields and flowers. Spectacular scenery. Ibby, Illene and I arrived in Ferreiros, at appointed time. Shabi and Bea waiting for us. I was so sorry to see it all end. A meaningful experience.

    A drive to Santiago de Compostella and our hotel, the Virxe de Cerca. Tired but elated as well. Bea and Ibby wanted to go to the cathedral right away so cleaned up a bit and off again. Cathedral under reconstruction (for 12 years already) the story goes that the ashes of the beheaded St.James lie under the church. The front of the cathedral is the final stop for the 500 miles which started in France

    Dinner at Restaurant Roma - a dish similar to paella. Home and to bed.
    Miles: 10.9 Flights climbed: 50
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  • Day15

    Santiago de Compostella

    April 25, 2018 in Spain ⋅

    A lazy day. A leisurely breakfast around 9:30. Bea and Ibby off for a tour of a palace out of the City. I and I decided to just have a day of relaxation. Off to do a walkabout town. First to explore the large city market. Great market and anything anyone would want. Loved all the different fish, especially the scallops in the shells. Then off to find our hotel for the night - Hotel Praza Quintana - great location near the cathedral. Back to pick up our luggage and transfer to the new hotel. Then out to trace the route of the pilgrims into Santiago de Compostella. Found the final shell and stone in the middle of the plaza of the . Traced the gold shells in the street back to near our hotel.

    Then some geocaching.near the market and the cathedral - a very tricky one that Illene found - piece of rusted metal in a crevice of one of the stone blocks of a building. Back to check in to our hotel and out for lunch. Ok fare at Casa Manolo - I had a hake and salad, Illene cordon bleu which was not terrific.

    More geocaching and looking for a restaurant for tonight. A cup of tea and diet coke at a sunny plaza near a park. Found one geocache under a park bench with lots of people around. Another in another crevice in a stone wall in the park. Total of 4 geocaches today - Illene 3, Kay 1.

    Heard from Ibby and Bea around 7P - went to find them in a restaurant. Had a glass of wine with them and said good byes to new friends. Illene and I to La Jefatura*** - a good TA find - locals place and great croquettes (our new favorite thing to eat). Frozen yogurt and ice cream on the way home. Very good day.

    Miles: 8.6 Flights Climbed: 24
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  • Day49

    The real McCoy

    June 11, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    No wishy-washy, namby-pamby, hand-wringing, turn-the-other cheek Saint this. He is Santiago Matamouros (the Moor slayer.)

    You might think that this would make the town a target for those seeking martyrdom but security is light: you can't take your backpack into the cathedral. The last photo explains why. This is what happens to those who challenge the authority of the church.Read more

  • Day48

    This is it.

    June 10, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    The Pilgrims Mass. Most of the audience are not Catholic and do not speak Spanish. They are here for the swinging of the thurible.
    Now the church charges €300 a go to do this. Last year the local businesses paid but this year it is up to tour groups, so it is pure chance whether you see it. I was lucky.
    The MC for this event was a nun with a beautiful voice who sang various pieces, both liturgy and antiphon I think, coloured by over repetition. She had to go through the routine too often, for too many masses in different languages to avoid a somewhat mechanical performance. If she made a CD of different pieces I would buy it.
    After 20 minutes of what I assume was a modern version of the catholic mass, an elderly priest spoke in a low key fashion for a further 20 minutes whilst the audience fidgeted, not understanding a word of the monotonic Spanish sermon.
    Then came the moment everybody was really there to witness. The audience raised their smart phones to the heavens in supplication and Eight thurifers hauled on the halyards holding the thurible, (the smaller one because the older, larger one in the first photo was blocked by scaffolding,) and with judicious and timely yanking made it swing as shown. As the botafumeiro (originally implemented to fumigate the unwashed and possibly pestilential pilgrims,) gained momentum the trumpets sounded and the organ vented.
    When the tiraboleiros heaved to and the incense stopped wafting, the people began leaving. I felt sorry for the nicely gowned clergy all dressed up in their frocks who were left to finish the ceremony without an audience.
    I finished my tour of the church but we were asked to leave, not taking photos, after 15 Mins as another mass in German was starting.
    Well worth the admission fee.
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  • Day128

    Santiago de Compostela

    September 29, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Travelled over the mountains through mist rising above the clouds into bright sunshine before descending back into the mist. Met up again with Sue and Neill, who had saved us a pitch opposite them.
    Santiago was very busy with pilgrims who travel to the cathedral by foot and cycles from all over. Many had travelled the length of the north coast on the Camino de Santiago which is a path that we have crossed many times on the way.
    We took a tour on the noddy train but the cobbled streets made the commentary very difficult to hear. A beautiful city, with a buzzing vibe.
    We enjoyed a nice meal in one of the plaza restaurants, chatting to 2 women from Canada on the next table who had walked some of the route. They were both clearly enthused about their experiences, and were planning on attending the pilgrim's mass in the cathedral later that evening.
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