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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
SURFACES
SURFACES

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
Favada
The sanctuary

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela March 1st 2017

Este año mi colega y yo, médicos de Palma de Mallorca, hemos hecho el Camino en bici, para ello planificamos primero la ruta en Pilgrim. Sea como sea la motivación (fe, turismo, aventura, meditación, conocer personas diferentes, promesas...), peregrinar a S. de Compostela marcará de forma determinante nuestras vidas, al dejar que nos empapemos de diferentes culturas y hagamos, con toda seguridad, grandes amigos.Esencialmente, en el caso de los cobijes y si quieres ir a los municipales, vas a ir al que te toque” conforme la etapa, si bien si por alguna razón quisieses ir a uno privado en estas guías te especifican todos los existentes en los punto de inci... read more
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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela November 3rd 2016

Little to write about today. I had an early breakfast, an early shower, and an earlier last check and pack up. I'd hate to be on the plane and realise that something I wanted was in my pack. On the other hand, I can't fit much in my small pack. Being a master procrastinator, this took some time and a few double checks. After breakfast I went for my usual nice coffee at my usual nice shop. I can't do that tomorrow and the realisation sets in; this is it. It's 9am and I'm on coffee 3 at my wifi cafe where I will be joined by Ken, John,and Mike, Ken's friend. We had dinner last night and Mike is a top guy; very funny with very Scottish views, most of which I agree with. My ... read more
The Cloisters
The Clacker Tower
The Top of The Cathedral

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela November 2nd 2016

Yesterday 569 people arrived in Santiago. Whether it's by foot, bicycle, pulling a trolley, or on a guided walking tour, that's a lot of people. Of course there are also many directions to approach it from as well, but the Francés Camino is by far the more popular way. A pilgrimage is meant to be a way of renewal in a spiritual or religious sense but these days it is much more than that. People often face their 'demons' along the Way, and before your eyebrows yell ' Oh yeah ?!', we do all have some to different degrees; well, maybe not me, right? People spend long periods walking alone, and unless your tuned into music or absorbed by everything around you, you will think and chop and change, and sometimes delve into places that a ... read more
My Comfy Room
The Breakfast Bar
Lunch at SMP

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela November 1st 2016

Another quiet day and the weather has changed to very cool and overcast. I went to an early breakfast and left San Martin in search of better internet. The morning was biting into my skin and I regretted going back to shorts today. The bar near the park was the first I found with internet so I bought a coffee and got connected. After doing what I needed to do I chatted to a couple from Boston for about an hour. They had walked the Portuguese route and were due to go home. It's interesting for me to learn of others experiences and about the different Ways. Elliott and Deb were retired and did a lot of walking, in spite of Elliott's new knee, and completed the Francés last year. When I left the bar it ... read more
An Afternoon In The Park
Our Cloisters
Our Cloister Courtyard

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 31st 2016

Legal breakfast today and had my room number checked off; obviously looked more legit yesterday. I went shopping and bought some jeans and a shirt. Ken and I crossed paths early and had a coffee and a chat. Lauren and George the German came along, and while Lauren admired my purchases, George wanted to find a sports store. He thinks when he sweats his bright green pants look like he urinated in them; sweat, yeah , right George. Ken was going to mass so I visited a few of the tourist shops and saw the same stuff in every one. It's 6pm and I'm back from the park above the old town. As I looked across at the Cathedral and surrounding buildings, I realised this is fast coming to an end. It's so peaceful, so removed ... read more




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