Sun 25 Oct - Santiago de Compostela to Porto
Time to leave Santiago de Compostela and Spain for Portugal. I am sure that I will be back in a not too distant future. With Good Mrs next time. Spain is still my favorite European country. Perhaps Portugal will change that...
Daylight Savings Time goes for 7 months on the Iberian peninsula and overnight it reverted back to standard time. Given that Portugal is one hour earlier than Spain, i.e. same time zone as the UK, my body clock was thrown back 2 hours by the end of the day. It got dark quickly.
My bus to Porto, Portugal did not depart until noon which means plenty of time in the morning to pack for post Camino.
So by 8.30am standard time I was ready to go so went for a final Sunday morning wander through Santiago de Compostela.
Sunday morning means empty and closed in Spain.
I forgot to capture these ladies in Parque Alameda the other day. I am not sure what their message is. Welcome pilgrims?
Santiago de Compostela played host to one of those early Sunday morning runs today. The run finalized in the plaza in front of the cathedral. Plenty of runners who had made it, but more to come as we will see later.
Way too early I get my backpack and wander off to the bus station... Against the direction of the remaining runners.
I was only able to shoot two crappy photos from the bus, but I include them anyway.
After settling in, having a shower, washing some clothes in the basin, I was out searching for a meal. While the Portuguese clock said post 4.30pm, my body clock said post 6.30pm and since I had no lunch, I was hungry now.
I found that Porto looks a bit like Macao. Which is easily explained by that I have been to Macao twice but I have never been to Portugal before.
I ordered "vino de Porto" which of course in Port wine. Strong and sweet. Not my preferred choice of dinner drink but when in Rome...
If you walk south down on Rua de Santa Catarina, you end up here.
The bridge is way up, the fencing far too low for my liking with far too many opening where things can fall through. However, Ponte Luis I provided fantastic views.
Can I take this opportunity to say that Porto is seriously giving Paris a run for its money as the "City of Lights". So much is lit up here from what I've seen already.
Normally, train station providing services to the suburbs are pretty drab places. Not in Porto. Estacio de S Bento is a beautiful building from the outside...