Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Capela da Virxe Peregrina

In answer to my last question, the name of the church is Capela da Virxe Peregrina, often referred to in English as the pilgrims church, and it is found in the centre of Ponteverda in the aptly named Square of the Pilgrim (a rough translation!)

The church is small, round in plan and very much in the category of what the English would probably describe as a folly.

I was contacted a couple of days ago about the development or expansion of the marina at Muros to which I must admit to having absolutely no knowledge at all. If anyone does know what is, or has been, developed there I would be grateful if they could let me know.

Oct 2012 update - I was in Muros last week and there were no obvious signs of any new marina or marian changes. There is of course a new (2008-2009) marina in a port town a bit further down the ria.

On to this week’s question and I think that it is time to move away from religion and churches to something else.

The answer to this week’s question is something that some Galicians will no doubt disagree with, however it is correct and log books, details of catches landed and sold verify the fact.

The question is:
A dried cod which can be cooked in milk, water or stock is very popular across Galicia. However if you go back one to two centuries ago, much of this cod was not caught and dried in Spain, but actually in Britain and the greater volume of it came from what was once a port on the English north east coast. What is the name of this town (former port) and/or the much larger town (soon to be a city) next door to it.
The answer may surprise anyone who is familiar with this town, so when I give the answer next week I will add some facts about the place and its former fishing status.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012



The answer to the last question was the “Compostela”.

It is picked up from the Pilgrims office in Santiago de Compostela after completion and examination of the Pilgrim’s Passport (Credencial) which is stamped at various stopping points along the way.

These days it is only necessary to walk the last 100km in order to qualify for the Compostela and you can even get one by travelling on a horse, or cycling the last 200km.

This weeks question is in keeping with the same theme as the one asked previously. One of the cities in Galicia has a famous little church that is synonymous with the pilgrimage. The thing that sets this church aside is that it is actually round.

Question - What is the name of the church and importantly where is it (i.e. which city)?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


First question of 2012

A detailed answer to my last tester can be found in the comments section and, with little free time on my hands, I will allow anyone interested to get the response from there.

Ongoing work on our house is making time a scarce commodity. I am spending part of my days working and perhaps even more time decorating and sorting out problems. Hopefully the work will come to an end some time soon and then normality will return.

In the meantime, Happy New Year to any readers and here is the next question, albeit a week or so later than intended.

I watched the very disappointing Martin Sheen film, The Way, over the Christmas break. I would certainly not encourage anyone else to sit through two hours of this nonsense, however my question is prompted by the film.

What is the name of the certificate awarded to anyone successfully completing their own Camino de Santiago?
No clues – it is too easy.

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