Monday, December 18, 2006


Noia, Testal, Taramancos

Since this will almost certainly be my last blog before Christmas I wish anyone reading it a festive and Christian season.

To those who have taken offence at some of my views and comments, I hope they will see the overall and flattering view of Galicia that I offer, and for those of you who have never visited the region, put it on your list of places to see.

Next year I will continue to expand Galicia guide, perhaps with more commercial content and perhaps not (it is more trouble than it is worth). I will also work on the other 2 sites that I run about the region.

If you are from or visit Noia, then I wish you a special Christmas as is also the case if you go (or used to go) to la praia de Testal or Taramancos (my former favourite beaches).

Does the number 5695 have any significance to you? If so tell me.

And that is probably it until after Christmas – I hope you have a better one than me.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


A missed opportunity

We made a bad decision a few weeks ago when, at a time when we had a long weekend, we chose not to shoot over to Galicia for a short break.

The decision now seems ridiculous as Ryanair were promoting their new Liverpool to Santiago service and the total return flight cost for 2 (inc tax) was a mere £25.

Our main reason for not going was our doubts about the weather (in early November) and we felt that it would be better to be stuck in the cold and rain at home rather than in Galicia. As it turned out the weather was fantastic in both locations. We did actually have a good time here (in the UK), but would have enjoyed things more had we chosen to be more adventurous.

It is amazing (or not as the case may be) that the web hits I am getting for Galica related searches have now fallen by over 60% since we entered the Christmas period. People’s thoughts are obviously not on holiday destinations at this time of year and I suspect it will be February before things pick up again.

I have made some changes/additions to Galica Guide recently, but I am frustrated with the hassle caused by having commercial advertisers on the site. In fact I am at the brink of removing all but the hotels and friends/connections ads. Advertisers are more trouble than they are worth and the small amount of money the ads generate hardly seems worth the effort.

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