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Monday, January 02, 2012

France/Spain 2011 - Day 11, Part 1 - Lugo's Walls

"I can't bring myself to say, 'Well, I guess I'll be toddling along.' It isn't that I can't toddle. It's just that I can't guess I'll toddle." - Robert Benchley

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France/Spain 2011
Day 11 - 27th March - Lugo's Walls
(Part 1)

In the morning we went back to the churreria for breakfast. Sadly they didn't serve churros in the morning. The fact that they were open meant the girls presumably hadn't gone clubbing the night before.

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Umbrella in rubbish bin... or rubbish in umbrella rack

We had a bacon and cheese bocadillo, a relleno de jamon y queso croissant (which turned out to be a sandwich). Oh, and 2 glasses of orange juice. Naranja is good stuff.

Next we viewed the exterior of Ponferrada's Templar castle.

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One good and one shit stitch of the Templar castle

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Crest made of Flowers

We then left for Lugo.

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Driving through and past mountains. The road was so empty I could stop the car and snap.

Lugo is the only city in the world to be surrounded by a complete set of Roman city walls.

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Manual stitch

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Manual stitch 2

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Gate into the walled area

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Camino de Santiago marker

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Walls and verdant foliage

We popped into the most hardworking shop in Spain:

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"Monday to Sunday. 8:30am-9pm"
Notice there's no siesta.

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Spanish delights

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Dog in shop

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"There exist complaint forms in this establishment"
Spanish customer service must be awful. Quite a few shops advertise that complaint forms are available, and I'm sure many more have them if you ask.

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"Tourist: Galiza is not Spain"
This can be interpreted in several ways: Galicia does not belong to Spain (Galician independence), Galicia is not representative of Spain (dislike of Galicia/Galician independence)

There was a place with "Godivah" chocolates. Hah.

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Rua San Pedro

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Another road

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Octopuses soaking in pot

We then mounted the walls.

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On top of the walls

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Someone's backyard

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Dog chilling on staircase

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Graffiti

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Dog on wall

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A pile of trash. At least Lugo wasn't quite as depressing as Pingyao, for what that's worth.

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Tower and gate

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Another dog

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Astroturfed Garden

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Real Garden

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Street

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Park

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Path to Lugo Cathedral

We were going so slowly, one of the dogs lapped us:

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Another dump

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Run-down shack

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Alley
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