So I’m going to try to start doing Photo Journals instead of straight up travel posts that talk about why someone should visit a city. I think it will allow me to focus more on what I liked about a place instead of feeling like I missed a bunch of stuff that I could have talked about. This will be my first “Photo Journal” so it still feels a little clunky.
It’s raining outside today so I’m using the time to catch up on photo editing and writing, and working on Etsy. We recently got to spend a few days in the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. It was a wonderful few days spent exploring narrow and winding streets, sitting at sidewalk cafes and taking in the beautiful architecture.
One thing we have learned about Spain is that the parks are superb. We spent a few hours on our first day here exploring Carballeira de Santa Susana park, playing Pokemon and taking in the sites of the city.
Most days we explored the narrow, medieval streets of Old Town wandering in and out of bakeries and sipping beers at sidewalk cafes. Old Town Santiago was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1985 and is overflowing with charm and beauty. It’s easy to get lost in the maze of winding streets and staircases that open up onto plazas and squares or parks or fountains. During the day the streets were mostly quiet, with a small smattering of tourist taking in the sites and Santiago citizens going about their day. But come nightfall the city came to life.
We also spent a lot of time on Old Town’s main plaza. It’s boxed in on one side by the Cathedral of Santiago and on the other by the Pazo de Roxoi (from what I could find, just a cool looking building with lots of arches). The plaza has a great view over looking the city and the mountains beyond, and is a great place to catch a sunset.
It’s also a great place to practice your archway photography, and maybe hear some bagpipes.
Unfortunately while we were here the cathedral was being cleaned. From what we could see that wasn’t covered, it was incredibly stunning. The cathedral is said to be where the remains of the apostle Saint James the Greater were found and are now buried. During the middle ages, the Way of Saint James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages and is still well traveled today.
Cody and I don’t often go into churches, but we figured we had to check this one out, and it was well worth it.
We spent a good deal of time playing Pokemon – sometimes it’s the best way to get Cody out of the hotel – but Santiago was beautiful and charming and so worth a visit.