Saturday, 3 February 2018
The first and second segments of our Galician class excursion - the beach at Carnota and the old town of Muros - had gone really well, so I was looking forward to our final destination, the coastal fort at Baroña.
We arrived a little inland, and walked down through the woods to the sea. It was late afternoon, and the light was exquisite. The sea was sparkling and the sky was clear. It felt almost dreamlike.
It was an amazing moment when the old settlement came into view. Perched on a peninsula, almost completely surrounded by water, the neat roundness of the remains of the old buildings gave me a jolt. They have survived the elements for two thousand years.
We climbed up to the fort and began to explore.
The sea was wild and gorgeous and incredibly blue.
I was delighted to discover what I think was an iguana and a gecko scuttling in and out of the rocks.
I and a couple of others scrambled to the very top of the hill, and sat on a rock looking down on the settlement. It was stunning, and worth the effort of getting up there and sliding back down afterwards!
We then made our way back inland, leaving the fort behind. We chilled for a bit in a café and ate (more) ice-cream, before getting back into the minibus. We would be driven up Monte Louro to briefly enjoy the views before going home.
The bus took us most of the way up the mountain. We climbed the last part ourselves, and the views really were something.
We settled back into the minibus for the journey back to Vigo. I reflected happily on what had been without doubt one of the best days of my time in Galicia - and of my whole year abroad.
Carnota was like heaven on earth, Muros was very pretty and Baroña was a place I really connected with and which made me quite emotional. I would love to return there.
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018
My last post saw my Galician class enjoying a trip to Carnota. After a lovely lunch on the beach and walk by the dunes, we got back into the minibus to head to our next destination, Muros.
We arrived to see a really picturesque town, with boats moored in the harbour and houses scattered across the hillside. It was a beautiful afternoon as we wandered into Muros's historical centre.
Like other Galician towns I had visited such as Ribadavia and Padrón, Muros was a pretty maze of narrow streets and alleys, complete with birds, cats, flowers, lanterns, sundials and tiled signs. However, Muros also had its own distinct flavour and vibe: it felt quaint and laid-back.
Spot the horreo (granary) - they're everywhere!
Doesn't look familiar at all...
After a tiring but enjoyable tour of the old town - including a lot of climbing - some of us stopped to chat and eat ice-cream. It was a nice, chilled end to our visit to Muros.
In my next post I'll tell you about the exciting final part of our excursion: exploring the ancient fort at Baroña, where the remains of a whole settlement perch on a small peninsula surrounded by crashing waves. It is really something, and I can't wait to share it with you.
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