On Top of the World, At the End of the World: Galicia (Part 2)…

Sunday was a really fun day for me: I went to A Coruña, the 2nd-largest city in Galicia…

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It was a glorious day (or, at least that’s how it started out)–the Sun was out and shining, the sky was a clear Carolina blue, and all the plants around us were in bloom…

We didn’t really have that much time in the city (only 5.5 hours) so we hit up what is, arguably, the most well-known monument in town:

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La Torre de Hércules (The Tower of Hercules)…

Known to have existed  by at least the 2nd century, this is the only lighthouse from Ancient Rome that continues to be in use…It’s name has a mythological basis: According to legend, Hercules slew the evil giant, Gerion, after a grueling, continuous battle that lasted 3 days and 3 nights…Afterwards, he ordered that Gerion’s head and weapons be buried, and that a city be built atop that site, which was to be called Crunya…The lighthouse (supposedly) sits atop the buried head of Hercules’s slain enemy…

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…Excavated ruins (this place has been damaged a lot over the centuries)…

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…Up, up, up–what is it with Europe and the serious lack of elevators in monuments???…But, the view was worth it–I was “on top of the world, at the end of the world” again, :-)…

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After checking out the lighthouse, we just meandered a bit through the landscape, taking in the shoreline…

And now for a song from that lovable folk rock group from North Carolina (represent!!), The Brothers Avett (or, more traditionally, The Avett Brothers) that totally captured my mood that day (I’ve been dying to use this song for ages!!)…I just felt so revitalized–I’ve always said that there’s nothing more refreshing than feeling the wind blowing through your hair and smelling the salty breeze of the ocean, :-)…

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But of course, before we left, we had lunch at this nice little hole-in-the-wall…I got:

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Croquetas (filled with jamón ibérico)…

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una berenjena rellena (a stuffed eggplant)…

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…and I topped it all off with 2 Fanta Limón–such a good life choice!!…

All-in-all, it was a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon, :-)…

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Oh, and I almost forgot to add this: If you’re ever in Galicia, try Estrella Galicia, the famous regional beer!!…I did, because I had always wanted to drink one of these while in Galicia–Granted, I don’t have much experience drinking beer (this is my first full glass of it in Spain), but it was…different…

So, has anyone else been to A Coruña–and if so, d’ya like it???…

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