As I plan for our June/July trip, I realize that my memories of last summer are fading. Part of it is my failure to document the trip in either a trip report or photo essay for SlowTrav, or to complete my blog entries here.
My last entry in this category was back in September, and it only takes me through about day five of our trip.
So, I went back to my journal this morning to see where we were headed on day six. Carbollino.
We had finally officially made it into Galicia.
I'm a romantic about almost everywhere we visit, but I do have to realistically say that the town of Carbollino doesn't really have much to recommend it for holiday makers.
The only hotel we found was a rather modern business class hotel. The ApartHotel. There was nothing wrong with it. It would have been great for someone staying in town for a week who wanted an efficient, if sterile place.
As far as town goes. It is a large enough town to be a business center for the surrounding region. Everyone went home in the evening. We wondered the town for several hours in search of an interesting place for dinner. We finally gave up and went back to the hotel dining room.
The skyline is dominated by a rather morose looking cathedral which matched the grey vibe we were getting from the town as a whole.
Here and there, were snippets of what the town must have been before modernization. One was this house that sat on the plaza across from our hotel.
The highlight of Carbollino was dinner in the hotel dining room. It was delicious and reminded us that we were getting close enough to the coast to enjoy fresh seafood!
We had the restaurant and our waiter to ourselves. We enticed him to sit down with us for our after dinner coffee. We had another interesting conversation about world politics. Just like the one with our cuban waiter in Madrid. This time, he was from Venezuela and had emigrated to escape the political policies of Hugo Chavez.