|We left Cork on the South
coast of Ireland on a calm, dreich drizzly day, but with a good forecast for
the 520 mile run across the Bay of Biscay to La Corunna at the NW
corner of Spain. After a few hours the breeze picked up, clouds went
away and we reached Spain in 3 days. The notoriously rough Bay was
kind to us. We first anchored in La Cedira, a few miles short of La
Corunna, because night was approaching. We found it a delightful small
town and stayed a few days before moving on to the big city.
As we approached, the Torre de Hercules was clearly visible. Built in the 2nd century by the romans, it is reputedly the oldest operating lighthouse in the world.
city of La Corunna itself is quite beautiful, with plenty restaurants, bars,
historical buildings, and this palm shrouded promenade that Helen is biking
Food was excellent and varied, with octopus and the local ham being popular. Helen is in a shop that sold only ham. The white cups hanging below each ham catch the inevitable slow drip of fat.
Many pilgrims make treks of up to a month from various points in France to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostella, which is about 50 km SW of La Corunna.
We took the train, along with several other Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) members who were joining us for a cruise south.
The town is of course beautiful, with the cathedral being its centrepiece.
We had a great, loooong, lunch with the other OCC crews, as well as marveling at the sights.
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South along the coast we stopped at a few spots, all very pleasant, and
rounded Cape Finisterre, which the romans regarded as the end of the world.
We anchored behind the cape and hiked up to the lighthouse, where were lucky to see on of our fellow sailors arriving through the mists and sea foam in Zulu Warrior.
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