6th August 2013
Looking back over my emails from this time I see this is the point I started looking around for a tour to join. I still hadn’t recovered well from my bouts of sickness that started in Paris and I think home-sickness was playing a large part in my feeling a bit lost.
The train journey from San Sebastián to Vigo passed through fields of what may have been wheat or barley and looked just like home at times, then I spotted the towers, so not Australia, lol. It’s fascinating to wonder why the train lines run where they do, sometimes almost on the beach, or running along a river and other times through small hills instead of around them. This trip was particularly interesting, farmland, mountains, a river with pretty garden plots, and a dam with its gates open.
Pretty in the country, Spain
from San Sebastian to Vigo
The gates are open……
Wonderful, but not home!
Just like home until you see the tower
Uninspiring urbanization happens everywhere apparently!
Perfect weather in Vigo Spain
I wandered aimlessly around Vigo for a day or so while trying to decide where to go and what to do next.All the same, it’s a pretty city and I was never lost for new and unusual things to keep me interested.I stayed near the waterfront quite close to the old part of the city, the cruise liner docks and even a shopping centre – the first one I’ve seen for weeks!
Jules Verne riding an octopus in Vigo Spain
Did you know that Jules Verne set a part of his book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in the Bay of Vigo and he visited the city in 1878 on his yacht? Neither did I, but there’s a fantastic statue commemorating this on the waterfront!
The architecture is a mix, with huge ornate gothic looking buildings along side plain square block of offices and apartments. I saw several unusual building details too, they looked like closed in Juliette balconies or window seats. I just love all the little quirky things you see, like a derelict building with a few of its outside wooden blinds still hanging as if new, or an old building finding a new purpose in life and still retaining its original gorgeous and unique features.
Loving this building in Vigo
I sat and sketched in the gardens, watched a guy in the plaza entertaining kids with a bubble blowing contraption made from two sticks with a piece of rope tied to each end and a bucket of water and soap suds, and googled tours endlessly.
The waterfront at Vigo, Spain
Rain rain go away, Vigo, Spain
Part of the harbour on a rainy day at Vigo, Spain
Unusual finds in Vigo Spain
Such wonderful reflections in those windows, Vigo, Spain
Mmmm, thought that person was real for a minute, lol
What a lovely window seat. Vigo, Spain
The old and the new of Vigo
These little hidden squares are so European and utterly divine
There’s a story there!
Laneways through the old part of Vigo in Spain
Relaxing in the plaza, Vigo, Spain
Sad or contemplative?
Statue detail in Vigo Spain
Old signs and wooden blinds