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>GALICIAN NOBILITY

Posted: November 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

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I did enjoy reading, Water-Blue Eyes, the first in Domingo Villar’s Inspector Leo Caldas series. This short novel had such a sense of place, that it reminded me of a lovely holiday we had in Northern Spain. My search for the photos of that holiday was finally rewarded, when I discovered that I had saved them on to a disk.

In Galicia we had got into the habit of having a glass, or two, of wine with our lunch and sharing a bottle with fellow tourists at dinner. The cost was about 30 cents a glass, and without thinking I ordered a glass of wine with my meal when we returned on a late flight, and stayed at an airport hotel. £4.50!

According to an old Galician proverb, ‘If it has a chapel, a dovecot and a cypress, it really is an ancestral home.’ Caldas didn’t know whether or not Zuriaga’s place housed either of the first two, but it had plenty of nobility.