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Saturday, 21 May 2016

A Coruna and the Windowed Balconies

After two nights in Santiago de Compostela, we headed north by train to A Coruna, a pleasant beachside city facing the Atlantic Ocean.  A Coruna has around 250,000 people and a good many of them appeared to be out and about enjoying the sunshine as we did after our arrival.
After our arrival in the city, we took a walk along the north-facing beach to its end, where we had coffee.
One part of the beach had this curious piled up sand that stretched for quite a way.
Heading south away from the beach and through the streets gets you to the other side of a narrow stretch of land on which much of the city stands.  Here, we found the marina and the cruise terminal.  There weren't any ships in, but plenty of boats in the marina.  The buildings that face the marina, which are on the Avenida de la Marina, contain 'windowed balconies'.  These were built in the 19th century to take advantage of the hours of daylight.  They give A Coruna its nickname of the crystal city.
The 'windowed balconies' on the Avenida de la Marina...
...and this is how the balconies look from the inside.

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