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June 26, 2021

Ho Chi Minh City! We have met!!!

In my history we got to know Vietnam well and one of the cities we listen often was Saigon. After the war and the country coming out as a whole, the city was name after their heroe Ho Chi Minh. And then , I finally arrived. It has been many trips lost count, visiting north to south and even further by plane, by car all over. Many friends and some still in touch. We will see when our roads crossed again. For now, enjoy this introduction to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!

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I updating the text and links on this older post, hope you enjoy it as much as I. Again thanks for reading me since Nov 2010 in my blog.  This one was a surprise, never expected to visit this city nor this country but business always prevail. After so many trips to Vietnam ,north and south, it has been a pleasant experience full of friendly people and good times.  Let me give you this time something on the history of this old and new city of the East.

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly called Saigon, which was the official name until 1975, or formerly Prey Nokor when it belonged to the Khmer Empire. Ho Chi Minh City, whose status corresponds to that of a Vietnamese province, is divided in 19 boroughs and 5 districts,and  it is located on the banks of the Saigon River. Located near the Mekong Delta, this city is the southern metropolis of the country. It was originally a Khmer fishing village and in the 17C became a Vietnamese (and Chinese) settlement city under the impetus of the imperial Court of Nguyên in Hue. During the French colonization, it was first the capital of the colony of Cochinchina, then that of French Indochina from 1887 to 1901. After the partition of the country at the end of the Indochina War, Saigon became the capital of the Republic of Việt Nam (from 1954). Its capture by the Communists on April 30, 1975 (Fall of Saigon) after the Americans left them, marked the end of the conflict, and the winners rename the city in favor of their historical leader, Hồ Chí Minh, who died more than five years earlier.

The name Saigon refers to the district of Cholon (Big Market), while the mandarins use various appellations, Dong Nai, Phan Yen, Gia Dinh and, by local traders, Ben Nghe and Ben Thanh. The French, for their part, perpetuate the name Sài Gòn,  it is the French pronunciation, until the 1920’s. From 1931 to 1956, this name will be officially associated with that of Cholon, the city bordering on a strong Chinese community, with which it will be merged, Saigon-Cholon, before resuming the name of Saigon alone.

More on the history trail I like. During the Lê Kings dynasty the period from 1428 to 1789 in Vietnam, the spice Route attracted the first European missionaries and traders around the 16C. The country was divided and competed by two seigneurial forces, the Trinh in the north of the country and the Nguyen in the south. The Westerners called the lower Cochinchina the part governed by the Nguyen, of which Saigon became the capital the first Vietnamese presence in the city of Ho Chi Minh date in the early 17C when Lord Nguyen established a tax station in 1623 and an officer of the Lords Nguyen establishes a military post at Tan My, in the current region of Saigon in 1679.

Before becoming Vietnamese, Saigon was the most important port in Cambodia, under the name of Prey Kor. Occupied by Vietnamese from the 17C, the site was then called Saigon, then surrounded by walls in the 18C, before being conquered by the French in 1859. Saigon will then be known for years as the Paris of the Far East , however, Ho Chi Minh City has lost most of its colonial heritage outside of the monuments and completely lost its French character.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport, located inside the city, and the one I have used in and out and several others in trips to other cities in Vietnam.  There is a new airport which was to be completed in 2020, but long delays now has it due for 2025; this is Long Thành International Airport, which will then receive international flights, Tan Son Nhat retaining the service of the national lines. Ho Chi Minh City has two major bus stations: Ben XE Mien Tay which connects it to the south of Vietnam, and Ben Xe Mien Dong which connects it to the north there are many taxi companies in this city, more or less reliable in terms of prices; very cheap but stick to a price. I have been given rides by locals there so other than a couple times on taxis all has been by locals in addition to flying out with them.

Someof the things to see there in my opinion of course are:

The Notre-Dame Cathedral, in red brick imported from Toulouse, on the model of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris but of inferior dimensions. It was built by the French from 1877 to 1880. It is located in the Paris square , formerly Place Pigneau de Behaine.  On the side the large central train station whose metal frame was designed by Gustave Eiffel are two colonial maps preserved at the entrance. The Hotel Continental, built in 1880, the writer André Malraux (later prime minister of culture of France)  and his wife lived there between 1924 and 1925.The Hotel Majestic, built in 1925 in the colonial French style.  The opera or  Municipal Theater  built on the model of the Petit Palais of Paris, in 1900. Ä very nice City/ town hall of Ho Chi Minh City built between 1902-1908.  The Palace of Reunification (former presidential palace built at the site of the Palace of Norodom). The Jade Emperor Pagoda, the Pagoda of Giac Làm, the Vinh Nghîem Pagoda. The Hindu temple of Mariamman at Trương Định street (ex-Lareynière Street). The Indian mosque at Đông Du street (ex- Admiral-Dupré street).

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The Church of Cha Tàm in the Chinatown of Cholon whose interior is a mixture of Gothic and Chinese.  The Temple dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau, protector of navigators, also located in Cholon ( Nguyen Trai street ) and built in the Chinese style. The Ben Thanh Market (very popular)  ,and Binh Tay Market in the Chinatown of Cholon .. Museum of the revolution where many  planes, helicopters and other vehicles are exposed in the gardens mostly from the American time. Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, located in the former premises of the Maritime company , a brick building and the oldest French vestige in town. In fact, Saigon was the Asian head of the maritime passenger and freight transport, between Marseille and the Far East during the colonial period.

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Some of my earlier souvenir of visiting HCMC was staying at the wonderfully historically and gorgeous Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa, on District I, a very nice old world hotel with all amenities and right in the buzzle of the city, close to many attractions. webpage: https://grand-silverland-spa.hotel-rn.com/index.htm

I guess not landing hard on local cuisine I was taken to the Hogs Breath Cafe,  for an apero introduction with a nice tiger beer in the terrace outside, with the world passing by, and good friends. As good is hard to be kept the resto has closed I am told back in 2018. However, great moments here so keep it just for the memories!  We move on for dinner at the colonial very nice and friendly (they serve all for us on the plate) at Qua nhà hàng ngon restaurant, with an array of noodle dishes very hard to remember their names lol!!! webpage: https://www.nhahangquangon.com/home-page/

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are:

The Vietnam tourist board on Ho Chi Minh Cityhttps://vietnam.travel/places-to-go/southern-vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city

The Vietnam Guide webpage unofficial on Ho Chi Minh Cityhttp://www.vietnam-guide.com/ho-chi-minh-city/attractions/

The city of Ho Chi Minh City in English: https://eng.hochiminhcity.gov.vn/

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my world map. This is worth the detour to visit Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam ,even if  very crowded but interesting nightlife.

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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June 26, 2021

What about those transit airports!

Well I have to update the links on this older post talking about my transfer airports in my travels around the world.It was intended as a memorable post to remind me of the places I have gone thru especially going to Asia. Hope you enjoy this post on the transit airports!

Often in my travels I have to go thru some exotic airports never been there, not planned to be there , but need to go thru on our crazy airline scheduling of today’s air transportation schèmes.  I usually buried them in some of my blog posts going to more steady places in our world ,and that is it. However, it has become so common to use them lately that I thought of mentioning in my blog on a permanent basis. It anything as a souvenir of me passing by them. Happy travels includes these airports. Therefore here they are briefly with some airport pictures taken in the past. Enjoy it,and do comment your experiences corresponding, transfering thru these please.

Dubai International Airport  is an airport in the United Arab Emirates, serving the city of Dubai and the largest in the country.  The airport has three terminals:  Terminal 1 (also known as Rashid Terminal Sheikh) . Hall C measures approximately 800 meters long and is connected to Terminal 1 (check-in area) by a 300-meters long underground tunnel (shuttle).  At present, nearly 100 airlines operate from this terminal. Terminal 1a the capacity to handle 40 million of passengers annually (Concourse C + D).  Terminal 2 is intended for charter flights and serves regional destinations.  Currently, some 50 airlines operate from this terminal.  Terminal 3 aspires to become the personified opulence. With its 1 500 000 m2 of floor space, it is one of the largest buildings in the world. Architecturally, it adopts the shape of an airplane wing and is a kilometer long. Terminal A, consisting of twenty boarding gates, is intended to accommodate only the A380s of Emirates Air. Its 15 000 m2 of commercial surface allowed to double the merchant space of the airport of Dubaï. It will have to adjust as the A380 are a phasing out breed! 

The webpage for the Dubai international airporthttps://www.dubaiairports.ae/

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Hamad International Airport is the airport of Doha, capital city of Qatar. It has a Terminal 1 with  Concourse A has 10 passenger gates connected to jet bridges and is located west of the check-in area and Main Terminal. Two of the gates are designed to accommodate the  Airbus A380. Maybe will need adjustment as the A380 are a dying breed.  Concourse B has 10 passenger gates connected to jet bridges and is located east of the check-in area.  Two of the gates are built to accommodate the Airbus A380. There is a small coffee shop located at the end of Concourse B, as well as smoking rooms, family areas, and an express duty-free store.  Concourse C has 13 passenger gates connected to jet bridges, two of them built specifically for the Airbus A380. There are 10 remote gates without a fixed jet bridge link connected to Concourse C.  Concourse D Is fully operational. Gates 1–4 are on the first floor and Gates 20–24 on the ground floor.  Concourse E Is fully operational. Gates 1–4 are on the first floor and Gates 20–24 on the ground floor.  Concourse D & Concourse E are due to be extended with a possible Concourse F although plans are still to be finalised. Terminal 1 features First and Business Class lounges which were opened by Qatar Airways. Some articles say that terminal 2 is a confirmed project due to the anticipated passenger load from the  2022 FIFA World Cup of football/soccer.

The Doha international airport webpage: https://dohahamadairport.com/

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Kuala Lumpur International airport  with head office in the Malaysia Airports Corporate Office in the Persiaran Korporat KLIA in the airport complex.  The airport KLIA is the result of a visionary strategy to meet the needs of new large aircraft and the traffic demand of the 21C.  It is located in the Sepang district of Selangor , approximately 45 km (28 mi) south of Kuala Lumpur city center and serves the Greater Klang Valley metro area.  The airport’s site spans 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi)  The airport is part of the KLIA Aeropolis, and is made up of two main terminals; the original Main Terminal Building and the new terminal 2, or also known as KLIA2. The KLIA Main Terminal Building (MTB) is located in between the two runways satellite building accommodates international flights departing and arriving at KLIA. Passengers have to travel to the satellite building via the Aerotrain. It is the largest purpose built terminal optimised for low cost carriers in response to the exponential growth of low cost travel in the region. It was built to replace the previous Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

The Kuala Lumpur international airport webpage: https://airports.malaysiaairports.com.my/

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Hong Kong International Airport is the regional airport (Special Administrative Region) of Hong Kong, now China near the island of Lantau, about 30 km from the city center. The international Airport is located on an artificial island born from the meeting of the two natural islands of Chep Lap Kok and Lam Chau, located just north of the island of Lantau the airport has two parallel tracks, each of a length of 3 800 meters and a width of 60 meters, which should allow them to host the next generation of aircraft. The South runway belongs to the “category II precision Approach”, while the north runway belongs to the upper category (“Category IIIA”), allowing pilots to land with only 200 meters of visibility.

The Hong Kong international airport webpage: https://www.hongkongairport.com/

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Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, is the name of the international airport of the City of Canton (Guangzhou, in the province of Guangdong) , China. This is a new airport, located 28 km from the city center  with only one runway in the city, in the District of Baiyun Mountain (white Cloud) and have a larger platform, able to accommodate greater traffic. It keeps the same name and codes as the old one. The airport is served by the Guangzhou Metro Line 3, airport South station which is the terminus.  There are 5 Airport Express bus lines and 6 Airport Non-stop lines to round-trip between airport and downtown. The terminal 1 has three components, Main Terminal, Area A and Area B. All check-in counters and most retail stores are placed at the Main Terminal. The two concourses controlled by individual security checkpoints, named Area A and Area B, are the boarding gates, security checkpoints, border control, custom & quarantine, baggage reclaim and relative facilities. Terminal 2, recently opened  with an area measuring over 600,000 square meters. When Terminal 2 officially operates, it will be typically home to China Southern Airlines. In addition, most of  SkyTeam member airlines will also typically operate in Terminal 2.

The Guangzhou international airport unofficial but better shown webpage: https://www.guangzhouairportonline.com/

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There you go brief I say, I have come to all of them on transfering to other countries or even within China.  I look forward to be back in the future or new ones to try, the quest for cheaper lines of air travel is on and not just families.

Hope you enjoy this brief encounter of the fourth kind and know the long journeys these changes entails. And remember , happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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June 26, 2021

Valencia , a lot more than the Cid!

And after so many years was able to be back to Valencia. If read my blog when a boy used to come from Madrid to visit my aunt here at El Saler just south of Valencia. Of course, the tours always included a visit to the city. Wind up the clock and once living in France, the idea of Spain so close looms big and I took them there. They like it and we road warrior all over including a stop in Valencia. Let me tell you in my black and white series, no pictures , a bit more on this city updating an older post. Valencia is a lot more than El Cid!!

And coming back to Valencia, literally after so many years was a blast of remembering game with my mother. Until later come back with my dear late wife Martine and sons. It is always another sweet spot for me in my beloved Spain. It is a nice city to visit by the Mediterranean Sea and the neighborhood of Carmen is glorious indeed. We really enjoyed the market or Mercado Central. However, I like to tell you about the history I like on this post.

Valencia is a city located in the eastern part of the country on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Founded in 138 B.C. by the Roman consul Decimus Junius Brutus Callaicus under the name of Valentia Edetanorum, Valencia became, in the Middle Ages, the capital of the Kingdom of Valencia. The city is crossed by the  Túria river , which was redirected in the  1960’s  as a result of the great Flood of Valencia of 1957. Its old bed is now converted into green spaces, the gardens of the Turia.

In 711, the city was taken by the Moors of Northern Africa , Abd al-Allah, the son of Abd al-Rahman I, (first Emir of Cordoba), settled in Balansiya (name of the city in Arabic) and exercised his authority over the region of Valencia. In October 1092, a handful of Almoravids scouts arrived at the walls of Valencia. Ibn Djehaf, a member of the Yemeni High Line, carried by the partisan crowd, took the power of the city after having assassinated al-Qadir.  Rodrigo (El Cid), who was then staying in Zaragoza, besieges Valencia and takes over the city in July 1093. Rodrigo  allied with king Peter I of Aragon and Count Raimond-Berenguer III of Barcelona with the aim of curbing the constant progression of the Almoravid. Rodrigo El Cid  continued to consolidate his power on the Levant, notably with the capture of Murviedro (Sagunto), in 1098.  The Cid dies in Valencia on July 10, 1099. Chimena succeeded in defending the city with the help of his son-in-law Raimond-Berenguer III Count of  Barcelona, until 1101 where King Alfonso VI of Castilla ordered the evacuation of the city. From 1102, the family of the Cid and his companions abandoned the city to the Almoravids. Valencia will only be recaptured definitively from the Moors in 1238, by king James I of Aragon.

The 15C was that of the expansion and growth of the Valencian culture, it is known as the Valencian gold century. Since 18 March 1437, the holy Chalice has been preserved in the Cathedral of Valencia. The construction of large palaces and Churches such as the towers of Serrans or the Micalet (steeple of the Cathedral of Valencia). The Llotja silk Stock exchange of the Seda I dels Mercaders (1482), which becomes one of the most important markets in the Mediterranean, where merchants from all over Europe, specialising in the silk trade, was erected.  It is in Valencia that is printed Obres o trobes en la verge Maria, 45 poems of which 40 in Valencian, 4 in Castilian and 1 in Italian, the first printed book of Spain.  During the war of the Spanish Succession (18C), the city joined the camp of Archduke Charles of Austria, resistant to the rout of the Battle of Almansa on April 25, 1707, abandoned the English army took refuge in Valencia to its fate. In retaliation, the Bourbons put the kingdom to the sack and withdrew its privileges.

Valencia has two urban beaches of golden sand, Las arenas and the beach of Malvarrosa, (see posts) which are bounded in the  south by the Port of Valencia and on the north by  the Patacona Alboraya beach. These are urban beaches, which have a large promenade where there are many large premises, which occupy old public baths, and offer a wide choice of accommodations and local cuisine.

The Mercado Central and the Colom market (see posts) are built, and in 1921 the work of the current València-Nord train station is completed. In 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, Valencia became the capital of Republican Spain until 1939. The City of Arts and Sciences carried out by Santiago Calatrava, sports facilities  such as Gulliver Park. The city also has several museums, including the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM).  The City of Arts and Sciences revolves around six buildings, including a shady garden, the l’umbracle, and the Oceanogràfic, a oceanarium. A zoological park of 8 hectares, the Biopark Valencia, takes place in the west of the city.  Other nice buildings are the St Mary’s Cathedral,(see post)  Micalet steeple of the cathedral Church of Santa Catalina , the Borgia Palace, and St. Nicholas and St. Peter’s Church.(see posts)

From the 15th to the 19th of March, the days and nights in Valencia become a continuous feast. The Fallas  with very humble origins because they come from the night of San Jose (St Joeph) when we burned the waste of the carpentry workshops. However, the inventiveness of the Valencian people has added all the features peculiar to its culture and history. In Valencia, there is also a bullfighting museum, founded in 1929 with funds from the gift of Luis Moróder Peiró and the bullfighter José Bayard Babu, who for years gathered a large number of materials and objects from the 19C  to early 20C of  Valencia.

The Valencia tourist office in English: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en

The city of Valencia on its history/heritage in Spanish: https://www.valencia.es/cas/la-ciudad

The Autonomus community of Valencia region on Valencia city in English: https://www.comunitatvalenciana.com/en/valencia/valencia

To give you a bit on the area where I spent my early teens years at El Saler ,and the beautiful  Albufera Natural Park , the real home of the Paella Valenciana.

The Valencia tourist office on the beach of El Salerhttps://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-see-valencia/beaches-in-Valencia/beaches-on-the-outskirts/el-saler-beach

The Valencia tourist office on the National Park of Albufera: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-see-valencia/albufera-natural-park

The National Park of Albufera can be reach from Valencia on bus 25 taken at Plaza Puerta del Mar and takes you to El Perello or El Palmar . By road from Valencia take the CV 500 road from the Arts and Science complex it is the V15  cross the Turia river becomes the CV 500 to El Saler and the forest or bosque La Devesa. A better private webpage on the Albufera in English : https://www.lovevalencia.com/en/albufera-valencia.html

There you go folks, another dandy in my beloved Spain all dearly worth the detour. Hope you can enjoy this wonderful Valencia of my beloved Spain.  Or as we said in the 80’s, Spain ,everything under the Sun!

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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June 26, 2021

The quant little towns of Galicia!

And here I am rejoicing of updating this older post in my blog. I had many trips into Galicia Spain, and many friends over the years. I have been enchrined into the supporters group of Real Madrid CF there to my honor and made several friends over the years going all the way back to their grandparents! This was a bit of a road warrior trip I enjoyed very much while staying in Coruña to visit as far north as Xove. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The trips are endless and the memories to last a lifetime. More stories to tell and or expand on my blog.  The feel of the greens of Galicia is always welcome and one of my favorites spots in my beloved Spain.  Some towns are quant and nice even if little known to tourists/visitors etc. These are the ones I like to get the full flavor of my roots deep country. I like to tell you about two nice places in the north of Galicia; San Ciprian (Sao Cibrao in Galician) ,and Jove (Xove in Galician).

San Ciprián (Sao Cibrao in Galician) is a town in the coastal border of the province of Lugo, Galicia.  In the 14C and 15C ships were built here and there was a factory of salt fishes here that still can seen and known locally as the mariners castle. To help guide the ships there was a lighthouse of Atalaia by 1850 that worked until the second half of the 20C.  There is a marine museum and fine beaches in the nearby peninsula with fine sand beaches. San Ciprián , Peninsula de la Paz, is surrounded by fine sandy beaches like those at  Torno, Cubelas, and  A Caosa.  The Royal Factory of Sargadelos in nearby Cervo (Since 1791), one of the oldest and most renowned manufacturers of fine pottery in Galicia.

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The festival  of A Maruxaina is celebrated on the second Saturday of August. It is related to a popular legend about a siren who lives on some small islands, Os Farallons, near Sao Cibrao.  Most of the townspeople dress on this day as Maruxainos, that is, in costumes that resemble the dress of days past. Ritually, at noon, the mariners bring the siren from the islands onto shore, while in front of the marine museum they create a mock-trial to judge the Maruxaina on whether she is good or bad. After this the townsfolk serve a potent brew of Queimada (mix of sugar cane and aguardiente a double filter rum drink of higher alcohol content).

Here is the City council of Cervo on Sao Cibrao things to see : http://www.concellodecervo.com/web/publico/turismo/patrimonio/museos

The city council of Cervo on Sao Cibrao beaches with a nice vimeo video! :http://www.concellodecervo.com/web/publico/turismo/praias-e-calas 

The Port authority of Sao Cibraohttps://www.apfsc.com/en/port-of-san-cibrao/presentation-and-geographic-situation/

Jove (Xove in Galician) is a town in the province of Lugo, Galicia .  It is located in the coastal border of the province of Lugo in A Mariña, in the region of Rías Altas of the Cantabrian sea, a change from the  Rías Baixas of the Atlantic ocean, offering a more abrupt , cutoff, nice niches ,big waves and lots of fishing as well as white sandy beaches some still in semi wild status of great beauty.

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Xove from nilo finca to city jul12

Great memories and good friends even whatapps with them today, they are natives of Xove and took me to Sao Cibrao for the beaches and barbecue each time in the area.

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Things to do or see here are the lookout or Mirador Monte Castelo is on top of the lighthouse or Faro Roncadoiro very nice wild coast with impressive views as well as the Pena Sombreireira,a natural cave with many legends in the area.  Casa de Villalba, is an Americas continent style house on the old town of Xove. Architecture elements of the Americas like the crystal tower and gardens around it. This is due to the millions of Galician that went to the Americas in years past.  O Pazo, a mansion in a hilly area from the 14C belonging to field marshal Don Pedro Pardo de Cela. The Church of Xove, three nerfs with double bell tower and a nice main door still with the inscription of 1694 on it; a nice retable altar from the end of the 17C and another renaissance style from the 16C in the sacristy. Here it is celebrated the feast of San Bartolomé on eac August 24th.

Wonderful beaches all around such as the O Portinho, a small one with white sand and not much waves around the port of Sao Cibrao and next to the old remains of a whale packer of Moras that was working until the end of the 1970’s. The beach of  Lago white sandy and fine beach little waves a bit windy and straight line very nice for water sports such as sailing. The beach of  Portocelos , very hidden beach at the end of a harbor of the same name with a bottle shape tail with a nice slow waves ;it has about 250 meters long by 20 meters wide ,and has white and stony beach sections. It has two heads coming together those of Canelas and Portocelo by the time they reach the ocean in low tide and it is when it has the most beach area available. The best one for me was Esteiro beach with sand dunes, little housing around and near the town of Viveiro next to the harbor entrance of Muiñelo, very calm waters for those seeking peace and quiet beach  as well as a blue flag beach best in class clear pure waters.

We went by other towns such as the before mentioned Viveiro; all very magical and beautiful like you are along in the world, for once , it is welcome. You need to best have a car about 1h30 from A Coruna taking the N651 toll free or AP9 toll road; LU 861 and finally the LU 549 (provincial roads LU=Lugo).

Ah ok a bit on Viveiro, of course. Viveiro is also in the Province of Lugo, bordering the Cantabrian sea to the west of Xove and east of O Vicedo.  It has old walls of the original ramparts and gates such as Vila, Valado, with a Romanesque style, and Castelo da Ponte, also called the gate of Carlos V, that is the emblem of Viveiro. This door has the sculpted imperial arms of the monarch, the original arms of the kingdom, and the arms of the city. And you past in front of it on your way to Xove, bordering the Cantabrian sea! wonderful. you see the Monastery of the Concepcion founded in 1601 or before and the Chapel of  Ecce Homo, also called the chapel of Pity, by around 1608. The Romanasque buildings abound such as the Churches of San Pedro, Santa María, and San Francisco. The bridge over the Landro river dates back to the medieval era too. Viveiro’s is the oldest Carnival in Galicia. Also, with many beaches such as o Area or O Covas covering 1,5 km both.

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Viveiro ria or bay passing over bridge jul12

The Galicia region tourist office on Viveiro in English: https://www.turismo.gal/que-visitar/rias-e-praias/ria-de-viveiro?langId=en_US

The Xove Tourist office: http://www.xove.es/conoce/

The province of Lugo tourist board on Xove: https://www.terrasdelugo.info/xove.html

The province of Lulgo tourist board on Cervo/Sao Ciprao: https://www.terrasdelugo.info/cervo.html

There you go folks, another dandy region in my beloved Galicia. Or we said, Spain everything under the sun! You are all set for a wonderful trip into the beauty of Galicia ,unspoiled beautiful and do not say you read it hear please lol!!!Keep it a secret lol!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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