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Galicia Travel Diary - 2014: Santiago de Compostela and Galicia [Kindle Edition]

Walter Battaglia , Elena Suárez-Mougán , Carlos Enrique Calvo , Santi Pais-Ardións , Fernando Yáńez
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Book Description

(Santiago de Compostela and Galicia)

On the northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula lies a country known in antiquity as Gallaecia, and now called Galicia or Galiza. Settled in ancient times by Phoenicians, Celts, Greeks and Romans, later by Suevi, Franks, Burgundians, Britons and Normans, and by pilgrims and Jews from every corner of Europe, this intriguing land of green hills, sea cliffs and misty forests covers an area slightly larger than Massachusetts and barely smaller than Belgium.

The capital of Galicia is Santiago de Compostela, often referred to simply as Compostela. The city's old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its cathedral has been the destination for over a thousand years of the millions of pilgrims who have trekked El Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James), one of Europe's oldest and most popular pilgrimage routes. Goethe wrote, "Europe has made the pilgrimage to Compostela." Even today the Camino attracts over 200,000 pilgrims a year, most of whom arrive walking, although many also come cycling or on horseback.

Walter has traveled widely throughout Galicia to write this travel guide including his personal choices of hotels and restaurants. He has written two novels set in Galicia (Al Oeste del Norte and Pimientos y Algo Más), and one set in Portugal (The Early Train to Mindelo). He writes in English, Spanish and Italian.

Helena is a Galician artist, poet, photographer, and also a laboratory technician and a registered nurse. Carlos holds a master's degree in labor relations from the University of Santiago de Compostela and has been working at archeological sites in the Middle East. Santi is a computer technology specialist. Both Carlos and Santi are native Galicians and both are passionate about photography. Fernando is a renowned Galician artist.

Taking into account the significant economic and cultural contributions to the ancient Kingdom of Galicia by the once numerous Jewish community, a brief history of the Galician Jews is included. The author also points out sights and information of Jewish interest at every stop.

Readers are recommended to download the book to their "Kindle for PC" as well as to their Kindle to fully appreciate the many color photographs and easily navigate to the linked websites and maps while planning their trip.

This book is fully formatted for the Kindle. It includes GPS coordinates of all the locations mentioned, links to Google maps, and dozens of useful addresses, phone numbers and web links.

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  • Print Length: 189 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EYW0ZM
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very readable book about a fascinating place! March 15, 2014
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I have read several books by hikers of El Camino Santiago (including D.L. Bryan's excellent THE LOST MOUNTAIN) but I knew very little about the northwestern corner of Spain where the trail begins. Galicia has a long and fascinating history during which many ethnic groups have moved in and made their mark. It's unusual to find a writer who makes history so interesting. I was particularly impressed with his sensitive handling of the role of the large Jewish population and how they survived and prospered in this Catholic stronghold. This is a must-read for anyone who is planning to visit this area, but it's quite absorbing even for those of us who will probably never get there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars looks good November 5, 2012
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I have not yet done the camino but this guide book looks to be very detailed and i am sure it will be invaluable when i do undertake the pilgrimage in 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Traveling to Galicia... March 5, 2014
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very gives you wonderful tips and instructions to see Galicia the way you a real world out there to explore and have fun at the same time.
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More About the Author

Walter Battaglia (pen name) divides his time between Italy, Spain and Portugal. His interests include literature, cinema, mountaineering, martial arts, tournament poker, and a lifetime passion for the fine art of tea. The photos are of Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, where he wrote 'The Early Train to Mindelo'. He writes in English, Italian and Spanish.


Walter Battaglia (seudónimo) divide su tiempo entre Italia, España y Portugal. Es aficionado a la literatura, el cine, el montañismo, las artes marciales, los torneos de póquer, y el buen té. Las fotos son de Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, donde escribió 'The Early Train to Mindelo'. Walter escribe en inglés, italiano y castellano.

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