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In January of 1937, the Republican government, then mired in the Spanish Civil War against the Nationalists led by General Francisco Franco, commissioned renowned Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, to paint a large mural to be displayed at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris. Picasso, who had left Spain in 1934 and not returned, had toiled with different ideas for the mural, and abandoned his initial project when he heard of a significant Spanish and World history changing-event.

The 26th of April, 1937 was a market day in the Basque town of Guernica (Gernika in Basque and officially Gernika-Lumo) but this day would be like no other in its long history. At 16:30, air forces led by the Condor Legion of the German Luftwaffe with support from Mussolini’s Italian air legion, began an assault that would last three hours, and destroy or severely damage almost every building in Guernica. Although the number of dead has been debated for years, it is now accepted to be between 200 and 300 with many more being injured.

Why did the bombing of Guernica happen? From the perspective of Franco’s Spanish Nationalist government, it intended to demoralized and break the Basque people and the Republicans. It may be arguable, but Hitler and the military of Nazi Germany were not only looking to complete a favour for their ally, General Francisco Franco, but were looking for somewhere to “practice.” Hitler and the Nazis wanted to test and hone their new method of carpet bombing that would later be used in Russia and throughout Europe in World War II.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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 Fishing has been important to the economy of Finisterre since ancient times. The Finisterre harbour has one of the busiest ports in Galicia. When you’re here, make sure you visit the fish market where the local fishermen (and ladies) display and sell their catches. The area of Finisterre near the port is vibrant with shops and restaurants overlooking the harbour. You may wish to sit on a patio and try the local seafood delicacy, the shell fish, percebes, which is a barnacle. Another must for your palate is pulpo a la gallega, the renowned Galician octopus dish. If you’re not hungry, you can just relax with a glass of albariño, the Galician white wine. We’re a little ahead of ourselves now. We’ll get to downtown Finisterre really soon.

I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Cee to Finisterre, after a scenic walk of about two kilometers along the beach, Praia da Langosteira, as we made our way to Cabo Fisterra, Cape Finisterre. Ahead is the smaller Praia de San Roque. Let’s take a better look from the other side…

beach Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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I was excited when I first saw the Atlantic Ocean and the northwest coastline of Galicia. No, I wasn’t in Finisterre yet, but in the hills between the option near Dumbria and the town of Cee. I couldn’t wait to touch the water as it had been over three weeks since I had last seen and touched the Atlantic at the beach in Biarritz, France. I was also happy that I had my last major climb of my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I was getting tired from walking. There were a few ups and downs ahead but nothing like I had experienced. Okay, I’m a little ahead of myself now. Let’s continue…

I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Olveiroa to Dumbria, at the option near Dumbria. The route to the left takes you to Finisterre whereas the route to the right takes you first to Muxía.

option logoso Camino Finisterre Galicia

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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Because I arrived late most evenings to my place of stay on the Camino Francés, I often had trouble getting my body moving in the morning. Sometimes, I didn’t leave until 10 AM. That wasn’t the case on the second morning of my Camino Finisterre. I had arrived to Negreira in the early afternoon and relaxed while visiting with other pilgrims and writing a very early draft of my book. It was good to relax for a change, but I was really ready for an early start the next morning. As I mentioned on my last post, that was exasperated by another pilgrim turning on the lights of the large room in the albergue at 5 AM. Coupled by their loud talking, I couldn’t help getting up early.

I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Ponte Maceira to Negreira, on the other side of the palace, Pazo de Cotón. The Capela de San Mauro is on the left.

Pazo de Cotón Palace negreira Camino Finisterre Galicia

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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Once you have finished walking the Camino de Santiago, you must have a tour inside the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Not only will you see amazing museum pieces and artifacts, you will get views from the upper level overlooking the Praza do Obradoiro, the main square. Obradoiro is Galician for workshop and this is what the plaza must have been during the construction of the cathedral. I couldn’t imagine the effort bringing in these large stones during ancient times.

On my last post, The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Views From The Praza do Obradoiro, I focused on views of the cathedral from the plaza. However, there are other great buildings surrounding the plaza that I’ll focus on now. From the upper levels of the cathedral, here is the Praza do Obradoiro looking northwest. The Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos is on your right, and on your left is…

Santiago de Compostela Praza do Obradoiro

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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If I can make one recommendation in regards to viewing the exterior of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, you should be in the Praza do Obradoiro at various times during a sunny evening. You can take in the beautiful cathedral with the changes in glow from the setting sun. It’s quite amazing, even magical, as the Praza can get very lively. Similar to a painting in a museum, view the cathedral from various angles, but definitely stand back, closer to the Ayuntamiento de Santiago on the opposite side.

On my last post, Entering the Praza do Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela, A Pilgrim’s View, we walked through the tunnel, arch of Pazo do Xelmírez, and into the Praza do Obradoiro. If you have taken this walk as a pilgrim, you know how exciting this can be. When you have your first views of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, it’s also likely to be one of the prouder moments of your life.

On this post, I’ll focus on the main façade of the cathedral from the the Praza do Obradoiro or western side. If these photos look like they were taken at different times, well, they were. Most are from my summer Camino del Norte with the rest from my spring Camino Francés. Further, they were taken at different times on the days that I was in Santiago de Compostela. Now, let’s take a closer look at the cathedral from the Praza do Obradoiro. This is under summer skies.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral 1 Catedral Galicia Spain

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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