What a day today! What a day!
We had no plan for today but when we woke up I felt restless. I looked at the map and I had read some in the travel guide earlier. So I suggested to Ute to drive to THE END OF THE EARTH today. That what the name Finesterra means and that is what the town is called where people used to think the edge of the earth was. Jesus told his apostles that he was sending them out into the world and to the end of the earth. This must be why Saint James wanted to go there to bring the good news and why pilgrims walk for hundreds of years to his tomb in Santiago De Compostela.
Lately it has become quite customary for the pilgrims to continue to Finesterra and Muxia if possible. Not the Spanish though. They are usually finished in Santiago. We were told today that Spanish people with the Certificate of the Camino will get paid more, become more vacation time and something else special for their wedding (not sure what).
So, after breakfast which was a nice helping of refrigerator oats (which we were finally able to buy yesterday … in a pharmacy!) we headed out at 9:30am. We were not sure about the weather because it really wasn't that promising but sometimes waiting for the perfect day is no good.
On the short walk a beautiful blooming bush.
Yes, it is open!
How surprised we were that the visit was not at all about history etc etc but it was full of artisans. First room downstairs: besides jewelry, pottery, etc etc, a very nice lady weaving. She is also a bobbinlacer … and she speaks English.
The lady in charge spoke German and told us that it is some kind of a co-op. There are about 50 lacers who make things. Every lady has a number and the numbers are on the things. When it is sold they get the money. They also take turns demonstrating. Sometimes these seats are full.
I took a closer look how this lady works and even makes leaves.
See the videohere!
Look at this photo. They used to sit on the floor to make lace?
In next room was the weavers' room. Look at this invention. You can use the newspapers either as an umbrella stand or as a stool. I like to stool idea.
The other part of the castle seemed to explain history but everything in Spanish so we skipped it. But you could walk outside upstairs …
O. k. … here is our first glimpse of Finisterra.
We have to drive through the town to get to THE place, the Cabo with the lighthouse.
Pilgrims are sitting around, contemplating, getting their privacy, or talking.
But everywhere are little fires smoldering where things have been burnt. Many leave there shoes behind. See the pair in the fire pit?
*** (see note on bottom of blog)
On our way back down we stopped for another photo-opportunity.
I had seafood soup first and Ute had a salad.
But the 'postre' (dessert) made up for it. She called it Tiramisu. Whatever it was, it was quite nice.
One more quick look around and walk to the car.
There is a lovely walkway. Ute took this photo.
And we really enjoyed it very much.
I had walked down to the water's edge and kept hearing a noise which I couldn't identify. I kept looking for a strange bird or so but it finally dawned on me that there were at least a dozen little frogs in this puddle.
An incredible peaceful place. And the weather could not have been any better.
*** James corrected me on this. Monika was not right.
About the three days: The pilgrims have to have the certificate not longer then three days old.
The three meals are correct but only for the first 10 pilgrims. So the line is VERY long !
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