The Aftermath of ‘El Menu del Dia’

Time: 4:30 pm, October 4, 2014. Location: Ribeira Sacra in Galicia, Spain.

Instead of napping after our huge two hour lunch, we carried on towards the ruined monastery Santa Cristina in Ribas de Sil.

On the way to the monastery we passed many fields that reminded us of Wales and Scotland, and learned why ‘Galicia’ is Spanish for Gaelic.
A green field with sheep shows off Galicia's Gaelic roots A green field with a stone wall shows off Galicia's Gaelic rootsThe ruins of the monastery were fun to explore…Monasterio de Sil Brochure Old Ruins of a Monastery on the Rio Sil Ruins of the Monasterio Santa CristinaA nearby tree tree served as an alter for some interesting objects of worship.
A sacred tree at the Monastery ruins in the Ribeira Sacra of Galicia, SpainA little further on we came across a river with nearby trails but it was getting late.Standing on a river down in the Ribeira Sacra of Spain We had wanted to visit the Cañones del Sil where the wineries have their vineyards terraced up impossibly steep cliffs.

mural of picking grapes on the steep terraces along the River Sil

mural of picking grapes on the steep terraces along the River Sil

Alas it started to rain plus, of course, that Menu del Dia had us all in the mood for a siesta. I also think we might have been slightly off-season – it appeared that most of the grapes had already been picked by early October. Grapes growing on the steep terraces of the Ribeira Sacra of northern Spain There was a lot left to see on this ‘Back Roads’ route but we instead headed back to Santiago for a light tapa dinner and bed! Tapas for dinner in Santiago de Compostela, SpainTapas for dinner in Santiago de Compostela, Spain More on our October 2014 trip to Northern Spain.

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