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For Valentine’s Day, I thought I would write about the romantic city of Santiago de Campostela in Spain. This city is the capital of the Galicia region, and is the famous destination of pilgrims who come to worship the relics of St. James, said to be kept at the altar of the cathedral built in 1078. The facade is in the Baroque style and built in the 1700s. Try to time your visit with one of the special masses when the great silver incense burner (Botafumeiro) is brought out and swung through the transcept by a team of athletic priests. This is aromatherapy on a grand scale.

Santiago de Campostela, Spain

Santiago de Campostela, Spain

Conveniently located next door is a luxurious Parador. Many of the rooms are furnished with canopied beds. As the city is on the western edge of Spain, close to the Atlantic Ocean, fresh seafood features prominently on local menus.

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