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primary purpose is to tell you something about Galicia in general and
Pontevedra in particular. Galicia, Spain that is. Not Galicia,
Poland. Several people have been kind enough to tell me how much
they've appreciated my site and I hope you do too. Someone who
links into it has said it's not pretty but 'does the job'. I'm happy
secondary purpose of my site is to share my view of life in Spain, or
at least here in the Galicia/Pontevedra corner of it. The Life
in Spain page links to things I've written on
specific occasions but for a running commentary you'll need to go to
my daily blog - Thoughts
this site provides a vehicle for some scribblings
that have nothing to do with either Galicia, Pontevedra or Spain but
which are intended to amuse.
you're thinking of buying property in Galicia, here's my personal
view of the weather
in its very different provinces. I also recommend the Weather link on
Of course, if you read this regularly, you should suffer fewer shocks
when you take up residence here. I also recommend Life
in Spain. Plus this.
a general introduction to Galicia,
a surprisingly green and beautiful part of Spain. Or Galithia,
as it is sometimes written. This concentrates on the area in the
Pontevedra province known as Las Rias Bajas (in Castilian Spanish) or
As Rias Baixas (in Galician). The rather inadequate literal English
translation of this is 'Low Estuaries'. But ‘The Lower Fjords’
would probably give you a better feel for their nature and scenic
beauty. This said, I recently read a guide book which insisted they
were nothing like Norwegian fjords but more like Scottish firths.
Which is probably fair comment.
up the north west coast of Galicia are Las/As Rias Altas (or ‘The
High Estuaries’). These are possibly even more beautiful but
certainly more dangerous. It’s here that you'll find the Costa de
La Muerte, or the Coast of Death. This is something best done from
the landward side. If you're attracted to such places, I think
there's one in Brittany as well. And probably Cornwall.
Interestingly, all three of these places claim Celtic roots.
Obviously a morbid people.
mention on the Spain page The Bible In Spain by George Borrow,
written in 1834. Here's a link to the fascinating stuff he he wrote
just about Galicia.
If you can't face all of this, here's a sampler - his dyspeptic view
and its cathedral. He was obviously wrong to think its glory was
interested in early British connections with Galicia should click
anyone wanting to know how Galicia fared in The Peninsular War of
1808 onwards, should click here.
an even more idiosyncratic view of Galicia than mine, click here
for a book (currently parts of it) written in the early years of the
20th century by an Englishwoman, Annette Meakin
an introduction to a couple of Galician novelists of the 19th
century, written by Aubrey Bell in 1912.
for a silly comparison between Galicia and Greater Manchester.
for my write-up of a 'pilgrimage' I did with old friends in May-June
2010 from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. Which is the Galician half
of the Portuguese Way. Or "El camino portugués".
I no longer update this page on Galicia, if you need further [or
up-to-date] information, please try the Galicia Facts
link in my daily blog - Thoughts
from Galicia. Or just use the search box there, as I
haven't used the Galicia Facts label much for a while
is my personal guide
to the city and something of the province of Pontevedra. And here
are, firstly, a short dissertation
on the houses that are disappearing from the city; and, secondly,
pictures of the sort of monstrosities
that are being built nowadays.
these are brief - and hopefully amusing - accounts of various things
that have happened to me in Galicia/Pontevedra since I set up
residence 6 years or so ago. They may or may not improve your
knowledge and understanding of either Galicia in general or
Pontevedra in particular.
here are photos of the Fería
Franca or Medieval Fair of September 2006. And of the same
event in 2007.
are pictures of collared doves outside my bedroom window for the 10
days it took them to grow from squabs into fully-fledged juveniles.
are links to a couple of excellent guides written by an English
friend of mine, Martin Lambert. . . .
West Galicia -
Rias Baixas - www.riasbaixas.org
Galician government -
Guardia - www.concellodaguarda.com
and this, which is a lot quicker
Rosal - Nothing available as yet from the council. But
there is this - www.galicia-suroeste.com/o_rosal.htm
councils across the border
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