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Another interesting post by 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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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.
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.
The trip up the river was great with some interesting sights.
Some that didn’t make it.
Small ferry, that can’t be missed.
And a lot of very nice homes.
And finally our destination, we were told this pub had great beer and excellent food, they weren’t wrong.
And even some words of wisdom.
All in all a great couple of days. You can check out my brothers blog here.
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We arrived at the entrance to NW after breakfast and followed the channel to the port of Key West. It is a big cruising destination, a coast guard base and also has a US Navy air station. Busy place with loads of recreational craft as well.
Arrived off the dock just before lunch and with the help of dock hands were all tied up for a lunch time beer.
The first noticeable thing was the heat, 35 C. Time for a siesta, no mad dogs in sight and no need for englishmen either.
The harbour is full of fish, pelicans and a very lazy manatee that lies under a fresh water tap and has a drink when thirsty. The fish get fed and there are an amazing number swimming round, wouldn’t like to fall in.
In the evening we walked up to Mallory Square where there is sunset market, buskers…
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Israel, like many other countries has its troubles, this last set of photo’s shows the measures Israel has imposed. I have no opinion, I don’t know enough about it, and I don’t live there.
The Israel I’ve seen so far is a friendly, vibrant, fun place and the food is amazing. I’ll be back.
Enjoy, I’ll let you form your own opinion. But don’t knock it until you’ve been there. Have a great weekend.
Here is the second instalment from the Old City, I did warn you! Again, all processed with Snapseed .
The guy on the right is thinking ‘bloody tourist’ as after jogging down the hill I suddenly stopped, turned, took the shot and then ran on.
The ramps are for easy access, the person in the wheelchair lives half way up the hill, the person on the Unicycle lives at the top.
Another inside market, you see the numbers attached to the lights, thats their pitch marking. You do not want to setup in the wrong place like the guy on the left.
This is the Old Imperial Hotel. Built just inside Jaffa Gate, one of the entrances to the Old City. The new Imperial Hotel is on the other side of the gate.
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Back in Jerusalem and walking through the Old City, we had a taxi driver as our guide and I think he thought that the more he showed us the bigger the tip. We didn’t stop, we ran here, we ran there, and taking photo’s was next to impossible. That is why todays pic’s are processed with Snapseed . Not only is Snapseed a great bit of software for your iPad and iPhone you can now get it for your Mac, it’s so easy to use and it hides any imperfections from taking photo’s on the run. (well thats my excuse). This is a series of Old City photo’s, there will be more tomorrow, You’ve been warned.
This photo was very busy on both sides with rubbish bins and motorbikes, cropping it just wasn’t enough.
This one I took on the run, it was quite dark inside, Snapseed really enhanced the celling and hides the fact it’s slightly out of focus.
Not much processing in this one, just a tint and a large frame. (best looked at on a dark background)
I know this won’t be to everybody’s taste, either way let me know what you think.
According to Christian tradition, this is the upper room in which Jesus and his disciples conducted the passover meal the ‘Last Supper’. The name of the hall-Coenaculum- comes from the latin word for dining room. The room of the last Supper was part of the ‘Holy Zion’ Church built in 390 C.E., and the Crusader church constructed on it’s ruins in the 12th Century. The room in it’s current shape was formed in the 14th Century and it preserves architectural and sculptural elements from the Crisader period. During the Ottoman rule it was converted into a mosque. The prayer niche (‘Mihrab’), dedicated to King David, was carved into the wall. (behind the Cat)
I processed this with Silver Efex Pro and also had to remove somebody from the far corner, which I’m not very good at. Hope you enjoy and please leave comments and/or suggestions.
Last couple from Jerusalem for now. Although it was very busy and dark inside the Basilica I think I did ok capturing the dome of the rotunda in all its charm. It’s times like this I wish I carried a tripod.
Inside “The Tomb of Christ” this is at the head end of the tomb.
Just a short walk from the Western Wall is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also called the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre and a few other names, inside is the slab on which Jesus was laid after he was crucified, (placing my hand on it sure made the hair on the back of my neck standup), also the Sepulchre which is said to be the place Jesus was buried. I took a few shots of the Sepulchre (which is allowed) but they are quite grainy, I might post them at a later date.
For the observant viewer you may have noticed a small ladder perched by the upper window, I overheard part of a story about that ladder and why it is still there, something about a repair job and no one could make up their mind who should do the work, hence it is still there. A bit like my jobs around the house!. If anyone knows the story please let me know and I’ll post about it later. Thanks.