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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela November 30th 2017

Maybe you've heard that the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimageunfurls in three sections—one each for the body, brain, and soul. The last third starts around Ponferrada and experiences Galicia. It's an enchanted, green place of Celts, fog, and greenery. It's the place a star once shone over a field. The test of this last third is volume. Many individuals join the way to Santiago only the last hundred kilometers. New faces with even more current rigging appear all energetic and energized. The trail itself has less space between pioneers. While this meshes on numerous, it additionally shows an otherworldly open door. While strolling ecstatically alone on a delightful morning in Galicia, I was swarmed by a gathering of gleaming, daypack-wearing pioneers. At the point when a couple of halted mid-trail to upset their iPods, I'm not glad ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela November 28th 2017

Saturday, November 25th to Picaraña, Pension HK, 26.5 kms. A day much like yesterday, but without the rain. We saw more pilgrims today and passed and were passed by some we met yesterday. The Dutch/Spanish couple we met yesterday we again saw at our “second breakfast” and again tonight, as they are staying at the same place. We are staying well past Padron – the usual last stage before Santiago – to give us a head start for tomorrow, leaving us with somewhere between 14 and 17 kms. to Santiago, depending on who you read, plus a good sized hill we hear. We figured better a long day today than tomorrow. A cold, windy, but good day, our longest day. Sunday, November 26th to Santiago, Pension Libredon, 17.2 kms. We’re here. We made it to Santiago. ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 5th 2017

Because today is Raresh's birthday, we left as early as possible, just after 7am. Our crew for today was Raresh, Jude the Brit, Nathan the American, Nano from Argentina, Henri and his wife from Germany, and myself. Today I planned to stay with the group all the way. Silvia, Eduardo, and their group were supposed to leave with us at 7am but after waiting 10 or 15 minutes, Raresh was ready to go. We walked in semi-dark, using Raresh's headlamp, for a kilometer or two and stopped at first open bsr/cafe we found. After a not very long break, we were back on the Camino. The sun came up a ways before we reached the Monte de Gozo, about an hour and 4 kilometers later. Monte de Gozo is a very developed area, done I believe ... read more
Pilgrim Memorial on top of Monte do Gozo
First View of Santiago de Compostella
La Bodagilla do Lazarus, our last rest stop

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 25th 2017

Hi All. I'm finished! 820 km later I arrived in Santiago today after leaving southern France on August 21. It's been an amazing trip. My feet are blister-free finally. Walked the last four days pain-free. At night, my feet tingle and feel hot which is keeping me up at night sometimes. Oh well. Now all I want to do is sit 😊. Here are some pics from the last few days. Again, I apologize for the lack of posts. FB is way easier than having to login to this site and fiddle with the pics etc. Thanks for coming along on my journey. I'm off to Finistere tomorrow for a day trip and then likely heading to Barcelona to check out Gaudi's work. Then a 6 hour train ride back to Paris and home.... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela June 22nd 2017

Hiking the El Camino ROUTINES AND SURPRISES We hiked through farmland and villages. First it was wheat fields. Then there was wine country. Then corn. We enjoyed wild flowers along the roads. Then there were tractors and billowing dust as the fields were harvested. We hit milestones, 200 miles, 300 miles, 400 miles. Rural areas gave way to more and more cities. We walked through acres of park trails at the edge of several cities. Always there was the unexpected. We arrived in one small village in the early days and it was late. We looked for a bar. Finally we found one but it only had bar food. That was OK with us. We were hungry. As we were waiting for omelets a young woman at the next table started talking to us. Susan and ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela June 5th 2017

Hiking the El Camino NEW HORIZONS At the start of our journey everything was new and interesting. The ancient villages were a constant source of amazement, the stones having withstood the wear of centuries. In each village there was a church standing in the center on the highest ground. We could see it for miles before we arrived. I became fascinated with the variety of terrain we walked over: rocks, gravel, pavement, large round stones, soft duff in the forests, tiles and cobblestones in the villages and towns. After the two days of relentless sun without a tree for shade as we crossed the Pyrenees, I appreciated the paths that wound next to small streams under twisting arbors. In the thirty five days we walked we had only one day of drowning rain, lightning, and hail, ... read more
THE VILLAGE AND THE CHURCH
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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela May 25th 2017

Well, It's been a funny old day today Gggggranville!!! Early at the Praza do Obradoiro and Cathedral because of the heat. Such a wonderful atmospheric place, with so many nationalities and the exultant weary travellers reaching their destination. We saw four young Americans, very sore-footed but delighted to have made it!! Of course, they may have only travelled from McDonalds 2k away 😊 The cathedral, Praza and old town were beautiful. A little dampenerwas put on the morning, when, on taking a photo of a quaint street, I was assaulted by an old lady, who slapped my arm as she thought I was taking her photo! Maybe she's on the police wanted list! Discovered today's a holiday-only in Santiago- after visiting two supermarkets, both closed. An incredible thunderstorm right overhead, raged for a couple of hours ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela May 24th 2017

Glad to report that Margot behaved well today and got us here. The most amazing mountain ascents and descents for mile after mile and hardly any other traffic for most of the journey. The site was a bit challenging, in that we have very steep roadways and the pitches are on terraces,but in 33degree heat, we managed to find some welcome shade to pitch camp. It is now 7.45pm and 31 degrees-could be sleeping in the awning tonight!!!! Have decided that the best way to visit Santiago tomorrow(which is to be 31degrees),is to get there at 9am and back to base by 12pm. For all the shopping fans,we are within walking distance of a c&a,primark,Zara !!!! Forecast rain,so I know where I shall be!!!... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela May 18th 2017

It's the last day, we could have finished it last night but with 33 Km remaining it started to rain and we looked around to see an auberge, lovely old building set back from the road and that was that! Over supper we met Karen a kiwi currently living in Sydney and 2 Germans from Frankfurt and from Munich, good company and interesting conversation. This morning it was still rainy so we set off in waterproofs. Along the road with about 20 Km to go we joined the trail, it was very full with pilgrims so we got back on the road again until 12 Km near to Santiago airport where we picked up the trail again and meandered into Santiago. On arrival we headed for the Sella (stamp) to validate our journey; picked up a ... read more
Santiago Cathedral
Santiago Cathedral Botafumeiro
Approach to Santiago Cathedral

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela May 18th 2017

Our first rainy day in Spain came on Wednesday 17 May. One of the crew members greeted us with a barely disguised scowl on his face. “British weather.” he said. I am feeling the burden of all these ridiculously mouth-watering meals they keep placing before us. Despite an expanding waistline, I cannot say no to the bread which is always a heavenly revelation, the delicious wines (vino tinto – the red - is my preference) and the array of regional dishes we sample whenever we are at the restaurants. The on-board cuisine is also exemplary. We dined on Tuesday night in a one Michelin starred restaurant, “El Corral del Indianu” in Arriondas where we had “berthed” overnight. I will never forget the bite-sized appetizer I ate first, Bombón de queso Cabrales, chocolate blanco y manzana asada ... read more
How to pour a cider without looking
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The sanctuary




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