Santiago de Compostela   Leave a comment

Another interesting post by Kapowai.

Kapowai

Our next port was Vilagarcia at the head of Ria de Arousa. The idea being to catch the train to Santiago de Compostela.

This was the final resting place of St. James the apostle who had brought Christianity to the Iberian peninsular, was beheaded in Jerusalem and his remains returned to Galicia.

The remains were lost in the 3rd Century before being found again in 814 AD. A church was then built on the site but was destroyed during the Moorish invasion. After the reconquest a cathedral was started in 1075 and consecrated in 1211.

It has always been an important place of pilgrimage but suffered through the many european wars. It has lately undergone a revival, in 1985 there were 690 pilgrims, in 2014 there were 237,886.

A university was added in 1495. Here are a selection of photos of the city and the cathedral. Unfortunately it was undergoing…

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Posted December 20, 2015 by rigmover in Jerusalem

R & R   7 comments

As part of my recovery process I decided to have a bit of Rest & Recuperation, and what better place than on a boat, one that is alongside and not going anywhere of course. Luckily enough my brother and his wife just happen to be on the South coast, not far from home. This is Kapowai, their home from home.

Kapowai

After the hello’s I checked into my forward cabin and then to the back deck for afternoon G&T, it’s a stunning boat with plenty of room onboard, sleeps 10 and never runs out of ice, although the Gin can sometimes be hard to find. After a long night of catchup and story’s of the crossing from the USA it was bed.

The next day was another late summers day, cool breeze but lots of sun, we decided to take the tender up the river and find a nice pub for lunch.

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The trip up the river was great with some interesting sights.

Some that didn’t make it.

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Small ferry, that can’t be missed.

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And a lot of very nice homes.

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And finally our destination, we were told this pub had great beer and excellent food, they weren’t wrong.

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And even some words of wisdom.

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All in all a great couple of days. You can check out my brothers blog here.

A Good Deal   19 comments

Deal is a town on the south east coast of England, we have been spending a bit of time down there as it is close to our holiday home it’s a really nice place and well worth a visit.

Great pubs.

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Neat streets.

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And folk with a sense of humour.

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Posted September 14, 2015 by rigmover in St Margaret's at Cliffe

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Flekkefjord.   12 comments

Hi, I’m Chris, Marks nephew. Seeing as he is currently disabled I thought I would give this blogging thing a try.
A bit about me, I am one of the Second Officer’s on an Anchor Handling tug called Loke Viking. I have been working onboard Loke for 2 years now and love every minute of it.
We recently sailed to a very small town in the southern part of Norway called Flekkefjord. We arrived around lunch time and headed for our berth in the middle of the town. The town its self is about 10-15 miles in land, so we had to sail through a narrow Fjord to get there. Some of the views on the way up the fjord were spectacular.
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Flekkefjord its self is a lovely little town with a lot of very traditional Norwegian wooden houses.
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We were told by the ships agent who was local to the area that there was going to be a celebration tonight called Midsummer festival. Midsummer is a very popular thing in Scandinavia with some Swedish people going as far as to say it is a bigger holiday than Christmas. Well in Fekkefjord they did it a bit different from everyone else and in the middle of the harbour was a floating barge pilled with wood that they intended on lighting, and then circling with their small boats.
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Stavanger   26 comments

Spend a couple of days in Stavanger last week, stunning city and well worth a walk around.

This was painted on the wall of our hotel, there is a lot of these about and most are done with taste and don’t make the place look tacky.

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Building are also painted very bright.

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As are the many bars and coffee shops.

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This maybe my last post for a while, I managed to rupture both my biceps and snapped both the tendons that hold them in place, so they are now both up where my shoulders are, if my arms didn’t look so strange I’d be down the beach with my shirt off, showing off my huge shoulders, operation tomorrow with an over night stay, back home on Wednesday, if I can type by then I’ll give an update, kindly my wife is typing this for me but I’m sure she won’t want to do it to often.

 

Posted June 22, 2015 by rigmover in Norway

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