Dereham in Norfolk

Dereham in Norfolk is an attractive market town. We passed through on our way up to Reepham and we returned on a market day. The market takes place in the middle of the... READ MORE

Felbrigg in Norfolk

Felbrigg in Norfolk is a wonderful estate owned by the National Trust and a must-visit if you are n the area. It consists of a Hall dating from the the 1600s and surrounding... READ MORE

Sheringham Park in Norfolk

Sheringham Park in Norfolk is very attractive parkland around a 19th century mansion. Humphry Repton (1752-1818) designed the landscape and the park has a reputation as one of his masterpieces. We were spending... READ MORE

Creake Abbey in Norfolk

Creake Abbey in Norfolk is a secret and slightly mystical site. There are shops and a cafe just round the corner but it didn’t feel appropriate to mix the 20C with the atmosphere... READ MORE

Monastery of San Martin Pinario

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I had of course heard of the Cathedral in Santiago, but didn’t know about this astonishing building. The original Benedictine Monastery of San Martín Pinario dates from 6C and is named for the pines (pignario) in which the buildings stood. Today’s buildings mainly date from … Continued

Fonseca Palace in Santiago de Compostela

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It was pouring with rain as we opened the curtains on our second day in the Santiago de Compostela. It wasn’t gentle English rain, but bucketloads of water running in rivers down the streets. Even a dash across the square … Continued

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostelo

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The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostelo is the reputed burial place of St James the Great in the west of Galicia, in Northern Spain. It has been a pilgrim destination since its creation and it is still the final destination for … Continued

The Parador in Santiago de Compostela

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The Reyes Catolicos built a hostel for pilgrims in 1499 and today this is the Parador in Santiago de Compostela. The Catholic Kings, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, commissioned the Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos to house pilgrims from … Continued

All Saints Day in Cambados

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Ou last day was All Saints Day in Cambados and it began slowly with another lovely breakfast, consisting mainly of fruit. Then we set off to explore San Tomé and Cambados itself.


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The historic town of Cambados in Galicia is in an area which has been inhabited for a long time. The Celts settled here in the first millennium BC (their artifacts have been found in the hills surrounding Cambados) and even the … Continued

A day trip from Cambados

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After a comfortable first night in the Parador we set off for a day trip from Cambados to explore the Ria de Arousa and the Ria de Noia, starting with the Natural Park of Corrubeda.

The Parador in Cambados

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The Parador in Cambados is in the Pazo de Bazan Manor House which provides a grand, but also intimate welcome. Don Pedro Bazán de Torres built his grand home in the 17C and the family continued there until the 20C. … Continued

Pontevedra in Galicia

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It was another fine day in Baiona and it was time to move on, over the Ria de Vigo to Pontevedra in Galicia, en route to our destination for the night, Cambados.

Paseo do Monte Boi in Baiona

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In late 2014 I acquired a DSLR camera for the first time an embarked on an evening class at Morley College. It was one of the best things I have ever done. The course was excellent and I still hear … Continued

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