Santiago de Compostela Travel Blog› entry 11 of 12 › view all entries
July 6th, 2006 – by: fran2011
The ship docked in Vigo, one of Galicia's major ports. From there, a bus took me all the way to Santiago. On the way, I marveled at the magnificent landscape, from the green, green mountains to sparkling rivers. When I arrived to Santiago, I had to walk from the bus parking lot to the center of the town. While walking, I heard bagpipes. When I got closer the people playing the bagpipes even had kilts, which reminded me of Scotland.
My main destination was Saint James's Cathedral. It is said to be built on top of his tomb, and that's why many pilgrims make the very long journey here. The facade of the structure is absolutely beautiful, decorated in a Romanesque style. The plaza that stood before it was pretty big, and I walked around it, looking at the cathedral from different angles. When I entered it, a special mass was about to start, so I only had a quick glance of the amazing interior. I saw a nun singing hymns before leaving the church. After exiting the building, I looked at some small, quaint shops on either side of a narrow street. Most of them sold small statues of saints, keychains, walking sticks for pilgrims, and all items related to the pilgrimage. After seeing all the nice sights, I returned to the bus.
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