Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sharing the holidays

So, here is the promised post with the holiday affairs.

We took off the 2nd of August via train to Vigo (Pontevedra).  My mom and aunt were waiting for us there, and we went by car to Cangas.  Here is a view of the place we were staying:

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The place is called Punta Balea.  See the house with the orange roof just by the rounded path?  That's our house.  The beach in the left side of the picture is called Areamilla, and it's our favorite beach to go to have a swim.  Here are some pics of it:

Taken at about 8.30 a.m.

It's a beautiful and much loved beach by me, but it gets really crowded, so we don't go there anymore unless we want to swim.  We prefer to stay in our backyard, which is covered with grass and has a pool:

We get Sun all day there, and it cannot be seen from the outside, so it's awesome.  This is the view we get from our front window:

The rocky formations in the ocean are the Cíes Islands.  The floating platforms in the water are called "bateas" and they grow mussels there.

I am sure you get why I love this place so much...

Our mornings were spent every day by the pool and in the afternoon we went sightseeing.  Well, we know the place very well, but my mother-in-law didn't so we drove her around to Pontevedra, Aldán, Cabo Home (Cape Man), Bueu, and we crossed to Vigo in the ferry - my mother-in-law loves traveling by ship.  Here are some pics of the places we visited:

Graveyard of Aldán - we have family there

2 pics of Cabo Home
Cangas' Port

Cíes Islands, pic taken from the ferry
And this is a recent addition to Cangas port, our own beautiful mermaid, with 2 dolphins by her side.  When the tide is high, it seems she is rising from the ocean:

Pic taken from the ferry
We even had time to take pictures of me playing with my mermaid tail, and record some videos which you can watch here.  

A couple of days before leaving, we were lucky enough to spot a huge family of dolphins hunting just in front of our window, by the sunset light:

They were common dolphins (Delphinus delphis).  It was a deligth to see them jumping.  They stayed there for a long time.  Sometimes they come near the coast when there is a storm coming to seek refuge.

So, that were our holidays.  I had a great time, and I had the opportunity to enjoy a lot of sea food that I normally do not eat - mussels, clams, octopus, percebes, scallops... We did not eat meat any day of our stay.  Just fish, a lot of salads, sea food and home-made empanadas (pies).  By the way, did you know that the scallop is the symbol of the apostle Santiago, patron of Spain?  Legend has that he used the deep side of the scallop as a glass to drink water from rivers and fountains.

I hope we can go again next year...

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