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Fifty-five years ago, in July, 1965, I was just seventeen years old and was fortunate to travel on a two week cruise aboard the MS Dunera, a WWII troop ship, refitted after the War as an educational cruise ship before she was finally scrapped in 1968. Organised across several schools in our area, our cruise docked at ports in France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco - quite an adventure for a group of naive teenagers, very few of whom had ever left Britain in their short and sheltered lives.

Docking at La Coruña in northern Spain, it was a short trip by bus to explore the delights of Santiago de Compostela and its impressive cathedral, the destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route since the 9th century.

This is the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, a 5-star Parador hotel, located in the Praza do Obradoiro near the cathedral. The hotel was constructed as a religious work in 1486 by Ferdinand and Isabel, the Catholic Monarchs. It is widely considered the oldest continuously operating hotel in the world, and has also been called the "most beautiful hotel in Europe".

Copied from a Kodachrome slide which I took with my little Voigtländer Vito B camera in the summer of 1965.

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