Monday, 16 September 2013

Visiting Vigo

Our first port of call was Vigo on the north west coast of Spain......it's an old,medium sized town mainly used as an access point for Seville and the more picturesque inland areas.
Apparently in 1702 a combined Anglo-Dutch fleet destroyed most of the Franco-Spanish fleet in Vigo Bay and captured treasure worth £1 million sterling......and Vigo Street in London is named after the victory.
 We were hoping to visit the cathedral.......but there was a service taking place
It turned out that the most interesting things we saw in Vigo had nothing to do with buildings at all.At first we were a little confused about just how many police and police vehicles there were everywhere.We came upon a very colourful anti-EU demonstration.....but very peaceful.....almost carnival like......the dozens of police seemed a bit like overkill.... 
but then we saw bikes arriving everywhere.....and realised that it was also the start of the 'Tour of Spain' cycle race.....though we did manage to miss the actual start!!
and then we came upon the 'passing out' parade of dozens of young 'Guarda Civil'......all looking very proud in front of their motor bikes.....with lots of senior officers saluting and clapping.
Turns out Vigo was having a pretty hectic day.......we rounded ours off with a wander round the shops.....and a cold drink.


12 comments:

alexa said...

Such a lovely photo of the two of you in the warm evening glow ..

Kathyk said...

It IS a nice relaxed pic of the two of you, liking your other pix too. I once saw a bicycle multi storey parking lot!!!!

Kathyk

Karen said...

I know so little about Spain, so I'm looking forward to the next vacation installment. Forty years ago I went to Madrid with my college roommate to see the Prado. It was closed the whole time we were there. You never know what's going to happen when you're traveling!

Sian said...

What Alexa said :)

Jennie said...

What a lovely photo - J x

Melissa said...

It does sound like y'all visited on a busy day!

Sheena said...

Great photos of this town & a cracker of you both :)

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Great photos and it sounds like a fun and interesting time. I love that last photo of you and your hubby!

Karen said...

Lovely photos and I am amazed at how many bikes are on top of each car!

Katie Berberich said...

Oh what lovely memories Jacky. How wonderful you got to see all of those things. Love the picture of you and your hubby enjoying a beverage. Looked like a great holiday. Lot's to scrap!
Katie xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Lovely photos Jacky (and the pic in your last post too!)
Happy Wednesday,
Susan x

JulieJ said...

What a lot of interesting things you stumbled upon.