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Published: October 11th 2016
Fountain, Plaza Santo Domingo
A beautiful plaza framed by lovely period buildings
Well, many kilometres really, but not a step closer to Santiago . This morning I wandered into town alone as John was having a rare sleep in and it didn't seem fair to wake him. The gardens along the rio Bernesga are very peaceful early; ahhh, the serenity! Reminds me of Bonnie Doon. After a short walk I had breakfast in a lovely cafe and was given a shot of orange juice and a sweet donut, gratis; Cafes of Australia take note!
The Museo de León was having a Picasso/Dali exhibition so I paid my €1 and entered the best value exhibition I have been too. After critically examining the artwork, in a nice way, I approached the door thinking it was money well spent. The lady at the desk indicated I needed to go upstairs to the permanent display of artefacts and treasures from the neolithic ages until about the 18th century.
It was amazing, and to be able to eye a collection that dated back to BC.is pretty humbling. It's good to see your basic garden tools haven't advanced but as mentioned on one exhibit, it is astounding that modern metallurgy is based on the idea of
Someone's gotta do it!
My laundry had to be done. First ever selfie; probably won't bother again. Couldn't satisfy the subject.
combing different elements to achieve greater strength or durability. This practise was being used thousands of years ago. The museum occupied about 2 hours of my day and it was midday before I surfaced.
I set off in the direction of the cathedral , redirected a lost Japanese couple who could not find their Alburgue ( they had passed it) and showed a Canadian lass, about my age, where her accommodation, the Parador, was. Indeed, I took her there; had nothing else to do. The Parador, for those of you who have seen the film, The Way, is the posh hotel that Martin Sheen's character shouted everyone for a night. I spoke to someone who asked if he could take a look and he was firmly told," Just the bottom floor!".
John's gone to check out the museum so I might go to the bus depot and see what the chances of bussing it through the industrial area to the edge of town are in the morning. No point walking it and we may be able to start 1/2 an hour later. Dinner will be proper dinner tonight and we may need to take some food for tomorrow
If there's no bus, it will mean a 32km walk so I'm hoping.
I'm back. I bought bus tickets, booked the Alburgue beds and went to the Pilgrim Mass at the Bascilica de San Iridoro. I was pretty moving and I'm glad I went. The normal Tuesday night crowd was joined by about 30 pilgrims and the mass focused on the journey.
After Mass, John joined me and we headed off to dinner. The preferred option was not doing dinner so we settled for a themed burger joint. It was OK and we are back in our room at 10.00.
The bus is at 9am in the morning so a late start will be welcome . Adios!
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