We slept in today, our first day off from the Camino. And with an extra day in Santiago de Compostela we walked through Alameda Park, a beautifully designed sixteenth century park, and had an extra cup of coffee at a café. We headed over to Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea and saw a group show of young artists from Galicia entitled, “En Construcción.” I loved this piece (above), a carefully arranged collection of building supplies, something our friend, Julio might also enjoy. I felt the urge to build something.
We had another cup of coffee in the Museo café and tried to make reservations at Casa Marcelo and we were told it was first come, first serve. It was highly recommended by the Korean woman we had talked to yesterday. We found a couple of spots at one of the three long tables, the best seats in the house actually because we had a close up view of the chefs and sous chefs chopping, slicing, squirting, deep frying whole fish and baking chicken and fish in a big green egg. The waiter checked for food allergies and preferences and then told us he would prepare a meal for us. He did, raw tuna, cherry tomatoes with a frozen Peruvian ricotta that melted in your mouth, a high end version of shrimp pil pil, leek potato and pork belly (fancy tortilla Española), steamed hake with lemon sauce, spring rolls with chicken basil and mint and limon ice cream with coconut over a Twinkie like cake.
We stopped back at the hotel and got a text warning us of suspicious activity on our credit card. A false alarm. We dealt with that and walked in a different direction but wound up back at Alameda Park again where we sat outside and had an Estrella Galicia.
Santiago is noted for its night life but we are not going to experience any of that. We shopped for breakfast food and will walk out of here tomorrow morning on our way to Finisterra, the end of the earth.