MM 4-27 Our Favorite Restaurant in Santiago

My wife and I stayed for only three days in Santiago de Compostela last May but we still managed to have two meals at a cozy little Italian  restaurant called Gambrinus.  I took this shot as we left the restaurant and began our walk back towards the Cathedral to our hotel. It will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge

Gambrinus, a cozy little Italian restaurant, is on Praza de Fonseca just down the street from Praza das Praterias and the south entrance to the Santiago Cathedral.

Click on the photo to see a slightly larger version of the photo.

It was raining when we left Ponferrada on Friday morning and it rained all during our long bus ride to Santiago. But the rain stopped shortly after we settled in our hotel and so we decided to explore around the neighborhood and discovered Gambrinus in the area just south of the Cathedral that was filled with shops and restaurants. The restaurant’s ground floor is mostly a pizza parlor and we each ordered a pizza. You get whatever beverage you wish for free with your meal and we each ordered a glass of wine, too.

The next evening we found ourselves retracing our steps back to Praza de Fonseca and again entering Gambrinus. This time we ate upstairs at one of two dining areas overlooking the plaza and this time we ordered pasta dishes. Our pleasant dining experience was enhanced by a conversation with the couple at the table next to ours. They were nearing the end of a two-week roadtrip through France and Spain and were from Sebastopol, an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, my hometown. I told them I remembered driving through Sebastopol on the way to the Russian River when I was a kid and seeing all the apple trees in bloom. They told us that the apple orchards were all gone now, replaced with vineyards. (Most of these vineyards are west of the horrible fires that ravaged Santa Rosa last month.) We found it interesting but also a little strange that the only people we talked to that night in Santiago were also from northern California!

Gambrinus is rated # 131 out of 531 restaurants in Santiago by TripAdvisor. It was by far our favorite of the four restaurants we visited that weekend.

Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website on Thursday (Wednesday in North America and Europe) to see what Leanne and other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.

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5 Responses to MM 4-27 Our Favorite Restaurant in Santiago

  1. kzmcb says:

    Amazing shot. You’ve made it look whimsical and antiquated. It’s like the cover of a classic tale.

  2. mvschulze says:

    Jeanne and I were on a weeks vacation- tour to Italy a few years back. On day 6, or so, one of the women on the tour, (with her husband,) and ourselves started talking, and…we infact worked together in a pharmacy many years prior, in NJ, me a driver, she a counter girl with long black silky hair. In Italy, her hair was short and blond – my excuse for not reognizing her earlier! It IS a small world! Nice pictures as always, and always jealous of your wonderful images and documentation. Marty

    • Yes, it is a small and fantastic world! We go to all these places all over and I enjoy taking my pictures and doing my research but there’s more to traveling: we return home with all of these fond memories of the people we meet in all of these places. Thanks for following me all these years, Marty!

  3. Peter Klopp says:

    This photo is mostly like better in monochrome than in the original color version. Sometimes b/w photos have a greater visual impact. I can’t taste the pizza and pasta, but I like your photo very much.

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