Category Archives: spain

rainbow’s end…

…the end of the rainbow has been located and it’s in a roundabout about half an hours drive from Santiago de Compostela…neither Fred Astaire nor Petula Clarke were anywhere to be seen…

Points for whoever gets that reference without looking it up!!!

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sobrado dos monxes…

Been wanting to post about this place for years. In the small village of Sobrado dos Monxes, in rural Galicia resides the magnificent, decaying yet stoic stone pile of MAGNIFICENCE known as St Mary’s of Sobrado, a still functioning Cistercian monastery.

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It’s always freezing cold inside no matter the season or temperature outside, and invasive plants and moss cover the farther reaches of the internal buildings. The few remaining monks look after it the best they can but there is neither the money nor the manpower to maintain the building against the elements and the inevitable reclaiming encroachment of nature. Really, it’s exquisite, full of intricate stone detail. It costs almost nothing to enter and you can even stay the night in their hostel. My photos can’t do justice to the scale and atmosphere of the place but if you are ever in Galicia, you should go there!

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a procession…

…what all that bell ringing was about (see recent post ) and also because i do like me a good procession…

procession of saints in Albixoi, Galicia on the saint day of Santa Mariña

analogue bell ringing…

…isn’t it nice that some things are still done analogue?

ringing bells in Albixoi, Galicia on the saint day of Santa Mariña

…in case you are wondering, the bangs are “bombas” by the way, shot into the air to celebrate most Spanish Saints Days and Fiestas in general…

palaces of culture…

2 kinds of “palaces of culture”:

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The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

nuns (1) the Ciudad de Cultura (city of culture)…nuns a bonus!