We sailed into the port of Vigo, Spain early in the morning. Today we would be on a private tour, driving about one hour to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galacia. The northwest region of Spain is called Galacia, which had Celtic roots dating back to 600 BC. From 409 to 1833, Galacia was a country unto itself, until it was disbanded and made a part of Spain.
The "docks" in the water are aqua cultures farming shellfish.
(If you haven't see the movie, The Way, written and produced by Emilio Estevez, and starring his father, Martin Sheen, it's a good way to learn the story of the pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago.)
This is a statue of St. Francis of Assisi with Christ on the cross behind him.
And instead of the glorious cathedral pictured above, this is what we saw...such a shame, but not unusual. The maintenance required must be astronomical.
The Botafumeiro ritual...
We admired this beautiful stained glass window of St. James as we waited in line for a chance to hug his statue.