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Jan 23, 2020 - Santiago de Compestela

Day 13 - Thur 23rd Jan We have turned a corner, so to speak, having gone round the North West corner of Spain. Now we head South down through Portugal & then back into Spain at the bottom. After that it will be around to Gibraltar & probably up the coast towards Barcelona. No real plans as to where to go other than Fatima in Portugal & then Gibraltar. Today we headed from our spot on the West coast inland back to Santiago to visit the famous Cathedral where the remains of Saint James are kept. He was apparently beheaded by Herod back in...

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Jun 10, 2019 - Portomarin to Santiago de Compostela

We arrived in Santiago on Saturday at 1:00 pm. We began the journey on May 5th and completed over 800 kms in just over a month. The last stretch of the Camino was a bit challenging. The spectacular weather we had experienced for most of our trip changed as we approached Santiago. We did have a few days where we experienced some rain which made walking a bit more difficult and not quite as enjoyable. With three days remaining I experienced a shin splint which was painful at the start of my daily walk. It seemed to get better the more I...

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May 23, 2019 - Completo

As I write this entry I am sitting on a bus, leaving Santiago for Madrid. Why not? Since my last post so much has passed before my eyes. The last 100km was busy and as interesting as the first 100km. The difference mostly was the fact it was filled with fresh pilgrims who started walking from Sarria. Two favorites for me were the Stanford bunch(,class of 26 students) and a group of 11th grade Italian high schoolers. Both were walking with their teachers as part of a class. Great conversations over those last few days into Santiago. Of...

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Camino de Santiago

Oct 19, 2018 - Santiago - Bueno Camino and adios

We have had the best time in this wonderful city of Santiago de Compostela, lively, pretty, exciting, great tapas, many new friends. I loved it the first time I was here and loved it the second time too. So much fun with pilgrims arriving constantly, we meet up in bars or around the town and catch up on funny accounts of our hike, the crazy people we met, sights we saw etc. This morning, after breakfast we met Paul from San Francisco yet again, actually in the room next door to us, ha ha and invited him to join us on a very interesting free...

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Oct 17, 2018 - Santiago de Compostela - destination reached, mission accomplished.

Oh what a feeling! We did it, 200 kms later we reached our destination Santiago de Compostela, we achieved our goal, mission accomplished, done and dusted. What a trip it has been, I have enjoyed every minute of it and could not have chosen a better companion than Lorna to share this wonderful experience with. The crazy sights we have seen along the way, the sometimes rough weather conditions, the strange, amazing and often wonderful pilgrims we have met and befriended (Wendy, you had better invest in some blow up mattresses at a Laurieton...

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Oct 4, 2018 - Train Travel and Trekking Pilgrims

Train travel is so much more comfortable and civilized than flying. It gives us a chance to relax while taking in the countryside. This journey took us north-east of Madrid across the central plateau, through La Perdiza, (Madrid’s version of Yosemite in the USA, a climber’s hot spot) across the alliterative plain of Spain (where the rain mainly falls). The plain is certainly Saskatchewan-flat but red-soiled like PEI. After a few hours we reached the lush green valleys of the Galician grape-growing region. Growing a bit anxious, we made our...

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Apr 30, 2018 - Lavacolla to Santiago de Compostela

El Camino - Day 29 Maximum elevation = 392m, minimum and finishing elevation = 256m. 2 - 13 degrees. Overcast, sunny at times. We did it!!!! We walked from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela. Just under 800km. An amazing adventure. Today another amazing day. Arrived 11am, first person we saw - j that we met yesterday. He kindly took our photos and explained where we needed to go to get our compostlas. Went to pilgrim mass in the cathedral and were blessed to have the Bontafumeiro swing at the end of mass. After lunch spent 2...

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Sep 30, 2017 - Adios to Spain - Buen Camino

Well 4:00am comes very early, but it’s time to get up to catch our flight to Madrid & Dubrovnik. Cecilia wakes up to give me a hug goodbye and off I go. I am going to miss the group and Spain. 𯘢 Ellen and I collected our ‘picnic’ breakfast and were at the airport by 4:40am – even before the Iberia Airlines check-in was open! Check- in went quickly and before we knew it, we were on the plane to Madrid. I fell asleep even before we took off and was jolted awake on landing – now that is the way to fly. Refreshed we got off the plane and...

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Sep 23, 2017 - Santiago de Compostela – Astorga

Just after 9:15am we gathered in the lobby with suitcases in hand, packed up the vans, and off to the airport to pick up Judy & Bill from Savannah, Georgia. The eight of us enjoyed a cup of coffee or water and chatted about the upcoming week. The drive to Astorga (250 km east of Santiago) was very pleasant and the scenery was magnificent! From lush green fields, to eucalyptus forests, rolling hills, tunnels, amazingly high bridges, through the Bierzo valley (one of the popular wine regions) to the Leonese mountains, every turn was...

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Jul 2, 2017 - Santiago Road Trips

July 1-3: Santiago de Compostela Accommodation: Virxe da Cerca Hotel. Three star room; 4 star character and outdoor relax space. Old house (or maybe couple put together); stone; nooks for private conversation/reading everywhere. Located across street from steps up into Old Town. A challenge to find as GPS first took us to the restaurant co-owned by the hotel. Oviedo to Santiago SPECTACULAR mountain, lakes scenery driving to and through national Parque de Somieto. Luarca—fishing village and resort town; church on the cliff; most...

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Jun 22, 2017 - Santiago and beyond!

We made it to Santiago!!! Due to a number of mishaps that early morning of June 21, both JoAnn and I made it to Santiago, but separately. I had this amazing adrenaline going with the plan to get into Santiago in time for the noon Mass for Pilgrims so JoAnn told me to go on ahead. Over the years JoAnn has become rather disenchanted with the Catholic Church and so rushing to attend yet another Mass was not high on her priority list. So off I went to the head of the pack in the dark at 6am from Padron. As most of you know, I am NOT a slow...

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Camino Portugues

Apr 21, 2017 - Spain - Signs of the Camino

Bilbao - I added this segment of the trip in order to visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. My daughter came here about ten years ago on her first backpacking tour of Europe and recommended that I visit. We have remarkably similar tastes in art. I arrive mid-evening from Zurich and check into my pension. I pop out for a late dinner and find I'm still too early by Spanish standards. Bilbao has a different vibe from Switzerland. I would describe it as more relaxed, more communal. The old town is a pleasant place to wander. And I come across...

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