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Published: October 10th 2016
Crossed the Rio Elsa at 7am this morning and set off for León. We arrived at Villarente only to find nothing open, but after a walk along the edge of a busy road, l spotted a panadería and we went and bought some mini croissants for breakfast. The baker told us about a cafe a lkilometer away so the caffeine hit occurred there. Dave, our English friend, arrived for his morning cup of tea and commented that now he believed we really walked. He never normally sees us during the day as we leave earlier and walk at a good pace. At all other times he walks into a destination to see John enjoying a beer and me reading the guide. We do walk !
The rest of the walk to León was fairly mundane and involved a long walk through suburban streets. I went to the Benedictine Alburgue to buy a second credential as the original will only get me a few more days. We then found our hotel, next to the train station, over the river from the old town.
It's pretty good and has a view over the river. I need to do some washing so
Clearly built in a time when water flowed freely.
I might look for a laundrette or see if I can pay here. The Orange Store also needs a visit to recharge the phone. Busy, busy !
This afternoon I went for a ride on the Tourist Train ( or Choo Choo Train as it's known in the Sherry household ), and so with 100%attendance per visit to León, it should now be viewed as a tradition. John didn't see the importance of this ride so he went to the Cathedral ; a great alternative.
We went to the Pantheon Museum at San Isidoro an it's quite an amazing place. Unfortunately, it is strictly no photos , so it's memories only. I'm currently doing a load of washing and John has gone off to buy some shoes. I find handwashiNg socks smeared with vasoline isn't very effective so this should do the trick.
I'm not sure what's happening for dinner tonight but there is a pilgrim mass at San Isidoro at 7.30am tomorrow and I'm considering going. We'll see!
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