May 2018 - April 2019
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  • Day10

    Santiago de Compostela

    May 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Longest day's walk but it didn't feel bad, knowing it is the last day walking with a heavy pack. Graveyard along the way festooned with flowers.

    Santiago cathedral displaying opulence and a well stocked gift shop.

    Interesting individual shops in the old quarter. Staying in a spacious and comfortable apartment.Read more

  • Day9

    Padron

    May 10, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Last of the hot and dry days?

    Mausoleum en route is like a left corpse facility.

    Padron quite industrial except for one section of river plus promenade and a small old town. Hotel tucked away and quiet.

    The main church contains many interesting icons, not the least St Iago killing some Muslims and pictures of lost souls burning in hell.

    One longish day of walking left to santiago.
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  • Day8

    Caldas de Reis

    May 9, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    A pleasantly cooler day and only gentle climbing.

    Breakfast in hotel comprised coffee and pastries from local panaderia plus muesli in cups. Cereal so important to a good start.

    Pontevedra very attractive city, especially in the ancient quarter.

    Only two days after this stage to Santiago and pilgrims feeling a bit weary.

    Caldas de Reis was initially unpromising when we arrived during the siesta but a lovely host, nice cafe and a lively restaurant corrected our website first impressions.
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  • Day7

    Pontevedra

    May 8, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Last of the hot days? National icon, the Horreos (grain store on stilts), appears everywhere.

    Roman bridge at Arcade.

    Pleasant walking along the Tomeza river.
    Post box in Pontevedra (it must be someone's job to polish it).

    Looking down from the cupola to the church in the Sanctuary of the Virgin Pilgrim.Read more

  • Day6

    Redondela

    May 7, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    After a broken night's sleep we left early, just after 7am while it was still dark.

    The day instantly picked up when we found that a lovely panaderia was already serving breakfast.

    Second breakfast at Mos - cafe part of a museum with great views.

    We frequently bump into fellow peregrino - from Sweden, Italy and Ireland.

    Nice to have a private room for n a pension tonight.
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  • Day6

    O Porriño, Spain

    May 7, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Stone buildings on stilts are grain stores - quite common in the area even in modern homes.

    Bread is delivered like the post.

    Constant battle between two competing routes into o Porrino which starts by these paintings. Yellow arrows blacked out and then repainted.

    Striking fertility statue in a children's playground.Read more

  • Day4

    Tui (Spain)

    May 5, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Communal self-service breakfast requiring cooperation between different nations.

    Cool start but by 9:30 am it was hot.

    Last stop in Portugal was Valenca - touristy, so we carried our tired bodies over the river to Tui in Spain. Super hostel and location.

  • Day3

    Rubaies

    May 4, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Cool until 9:30, warm while climbing Alto de Portela Grande. A cooling breeze while descending. Bagged places in a private hostel early on. Very hot after that so no reason not to sit in the shade and sip a cold beer.

    Aiming for a peregrino menu tonight at the local bar.

  • Day2

    Ponte de Lima

    May 3, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Brief trip to central Porto to buy the pilgrim passports (credencials) we'll need on our trip.

    Train and bus to Ponte de Lima. Modem comfortable hotel - Imperio đo Norte.

    Very filling meal at a restaurant serving pilgrim menus. Going rate for a two course meal with a drink and coffee is 8 euros.