July 19: Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre to Santiago

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Finally, the Atlantic
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James’s choice for an appetizer
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My choice, percebes, finally!
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We shared octopus.  Yummy, the way the Spanish cook it.
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At our restaurant by the sea, enjoying cava (Spanish sparking wine)
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Our main course, seafood paella
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Did we enjoy it? Let’s put it this way. Despite all we had already eaten, none was left.
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The absolute end of the Camino.  I am at marker 0.0 kilometers, at Finisterre.  It was a windy day, with my head scarf dancing on the breeze.
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The famous lighthouse at Finisterre
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I love this photo.  We are at the end of our journey, but we have gained St. James at our back, to protect and watch over us.
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James does a pose of celebration.  We’ve done it!  We finished the pilgrimage.
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From the headland, we see a sailboat out at sea.
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A Galician piper plays for the visitors.  Who knew that the pipes were so present in northern Spain?
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These don’t look like Scottish bagpipes, but the sound is similar
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Another view of the Finisterre lighthouse
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Always, always, pilgrims and visitor leave stones and other items near crosses, in remembrance.
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The turbulent Atlantic.  Across these waters the body of St. James was returned to Spain for burial.
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The legend says that St. James was brought back to Spain in a stone boat.  Maybe his own personal boat was a stone sarcophagus, loaded on a larger boat?
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I never climb out onto rocks like this person did.  Too afraid of edges!
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This huge rock looks a bit like a head, with a mouth and a piggy nose, don’t you think?
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We saw rehearsals.  Here is a performance on that stage in Santiago.
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Here is another view.  We were standing along with the rest of the overflow audience.

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Our last night on the pilgrimage, filled with lights and music