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Braga

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  • Apr11

    Braga

    April 11 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Today was a big travelling day, crossing from Portugal to Spain but let's start at the beginning.
    After a lovely breakfast at our hostel in Geres we got on a bus to head back to Braga. The journey through the national park was very different to a couple of days ago when we arrived in the rain. This time we had beautiful sunshine and a chance to see all the spectacular scenery.
    We then had a few hours to look around Braga, a very nice little city with flowers everywhere and some very grand architecture. We've started noticing lots of holy week related 'semana santa' decorations around so we'll expect even more when we get to Spain and closer to Easter.
    Our bus from Braga to Santiago de Compostela was very quick and breezed across the border at about 100km/h. We passed Vigo along the way and some other coastal cities which looked cool but no time to stop on this trip.
    Finally in the evening we arrived in Santiago, our first destination in Spain, the second country on the trip. Managed to get a few drinks and some tapas before heading back to the hostel for an early night, ready to go and meet Julie and Jess tomorrow.
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  • Apr10

    Geres Nacional Park

    April 10 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    The rain has finally stopped and we were so ready for a big hike in the Geres National Park. The tourist office lady pointed us in the right direction for a 5 hours hike clearly marked by signs (well we still managed to get lost once). The first part up the hill was tough but up on the top we saw beautiful views to a lake, interesting rock formations and snow capped mountains. Sometimes it was pine forestish, other times it reminded us of a desert or the wild west, always different and fantastic. Well deserved drinks at the end.Read more

  • Apr9

    Geres

    April 9 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    A travel day today. First up a train from Porto to Braga which turned out to be really good. We usually prefer trains to buses when we can because they are more comfortable and this one was brilliant. It was a kind of high speed intercity service with very posh carriages and a mini cafe on board. It was almost a shame to get off after the quick 50 minute journey.
    We saw only a tiny bit of Braga between the train station and the bus station, firstly because it was raining again but also because we'll be back in a couple of days for a proper look around.
    At the bus station we managed to find a bus company with services to Geres quite easily, with a little help from a friendly lady to translate. After a short wait with a coffee and custard tart we were on our way to Geres.
    More April showers in the evening but we got lucky with our hostel and were happy to find a nice warm bedroom and an open fire in the common room. We briefly ventured out into town for dinner but will save the real exploring for tomorrow.
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  • Day2

    Barcelos

    November 29, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Day 2 on the Caminho:
    The smell of eucalyptus trees and the sight of orange trees were leading the way today . Today I was walking with the French- Brazilian guy and we took it slow, because both our legs were hurting. Also it was raining all day and I was wet to the bones. I can’t even start to express the joy I felt when coming to the albergue! It’s also the first day i feel hungry so I made myself some pasta. Hopefully I’ll be recovered enough to be good for tomorrow- walking today hurt a lot.Read more

  • Day3

    2. Etappe Povao de Varzim

    May 16, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Bestes Wetter ☀️ wunderschöne Wege 🏞 Vorbei an Vila do Conde. Mit einer kurzen Rast im schönen Schlosspark. Einige km weiter direkt am Strand über Holzstege. Die Stimmung ist gut 💪 Bis jetzt keine Beschwerden.., einfach nur genießen 😊😉 Anja geht als türkischer Einzelhändler durch 🤣

  • Day4

    3. Etappe Fäo

    May 17, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Eine Nacht voller Erlebnisse! Haben ein Einzelzimmer mit eigenem Badezimmer zum Schnäppchenpreis bekommen. Allerdings 😱😃 ohne Licht und warmes Wasser. Dennoch ausgeruht und mit richtig Muskelkater ging es weiter, vorbei an riesige Gemüseplantagen 🌶 🍅
    Die ersten kleinen Blessuren sind in Sicht aber das Gefühl von Freiheit einfach unglaublichRead more

  • Day13

    Pedra Furada

    September 10, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    More narrow streets and cobblestones today. The weather has been perfect with cool evenings and mornings and very warm afternoons. A band was playing in front of this church about 8:00 this morning with 3 to 5 minutes of loud fireworks then the hurriedly got in a van and were gone. I have no idea why. I came across a facade that looked like a church but there is only vacant land behind it. Very strange. The goats and sheep were coming right down the Camino path the goats gave me a quizzical look but I made sure to stick with the sheep just incase they were being separated with the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.Read more

  • Day6

    Day 2 of Camino De Santiago

    September 3, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Omg today was brutal. From km 1 to km 20 I wanted to give up and take the bus. Thank God I did 30km yesterday because I never would of made it to this village today. My neck and back hurt (from carrying this majorly overweight 20 pound backpack), I now have 3 major blisters on my feet and my hips are killing me.

    I met some French people along the way who I thought were quebequers (they were wearing a QC flag poncho after all) but turns out they were from France. Their daughter lives in Montreal so they bought the ponchos last year when they went to visit her lol. I don't know what it is but it's such a nice feeling for French people when we hear someone else speak our language. There were alot of people ou this route today. I did not like crossing so many pilgrims. The road was also terrible after the first 4k. Stone roads, damp forests and poor villages. It was also very rainy all day which maybe played on my mood!

    From the looks of it online every place was booked in the stop-over village for tonight. Luckily my savior (Marlene the French owner of my hostel yesterday) came to my rescue! She phoned her friend in this village at the Esposende guest house and hallelujah - she found me a 4-bed bedroom to myself for 16 Euro!! I couldn't of been happier. I went to the store to buy food to make a salad and a bottle of wine and am taking the evening to stay in and lay on the patio with my book. I met a Spanish gay couple at the hostel before supper who were adorable. They must be 70 and doing the camino. I was able to understand that they like Canadians and that they did the camino Frances. That's about all. My Spanish is terrible. I later met a German woman who gave me advice on which way to take for the rest of the camino for it to be less busy. And how to take care of my blisters. Apparently alot of people get them on this walk - I'm not the only one!

    Anyway, I hope tomorrow will go better for my physical self. I've decided to abandon my walking sticks in hopes of liberating some weight. They're awkward and I don't use them anyway since the landscape is literally flat. There goes 20 Euro for nothing. Let's hope this 1 pound off makes a difference for tomorrow!

    P.s. I am obsessed with this wine! I've never tasted such a thing before. It's a red wine but almost fizzy... Whatttt. My new favourite wine ever. I hope we have it at home! Mom and Mireille you would love this one!
    P.p.s. This village looks soooo cute but I literally can't walk anymore so I'll have to skip the visiting. It took me 15 minutes to walk to the grocery store when the GPS said 3. 😑
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  • Day13

    Bracing wind, pumping legs

    October 28, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    Another great day of walking, mainly on boardwalk beside a white capped Atlantic, but with a few detours inland beside greenhouses and commercial vegetable plots. Wind still blowing strongly from the north, but sun shining again. Wonderful stuff!

  • Day10

    Braga

    May 23, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    So today the plan was to go to Braga. But I was also hoping to get some rest for the weary body. Had relaxed morning and then breakfast at around 8.30, wrote my journal for the previous day caught up on NZ etc. I had got the bus time table, but had glanced at it saw that buses left each hour So went off to catch a bus at 10.00am. Well surprise surprise the buses left each hour till 9.00 in the morning. After that the next bus was at 12.45. Ha ha should have read the entire time table properly. But no stress back to the hotel, and caught up on my writing.

    Then off to catch the bus. One and 3 quarter hours later in Braga. This is one of the oldest cities in the Iberian peninsula. The Romans fortified it long long years ago. Both in Spain and Portugal when you see something old or someone old, you apparently say “it's as old as the Braga Cathedral”. The city of Braga was set up in 3rd century AD. The cathedral was built around the year 1089. Mmm cathedral old, me young.

    In the city they were enacting a Roman camp and days of old. With Roman music etc. The choir loft and the piped organ flutes were gob stopping. How on earth did people do these in the last hundreds of years. As usual when travelling in Europe you need to get some tape to stop your jaw dropping down and draging on the ground.

    I had also wanted to go and visit Bom Jesus. Meaning Good Jesus. It is on top of a hill, and you can get there from Braga and either go in a water powered tram or climb 116 stairs. Other than the beautiful location on top of the hill, the sancurary and the gardens, it is the Baroque Stairway that is so unusual. I think I gave Speedy Gonzales and Road Runner a run for their money. The last bus back to my hotel was going to be at 6.15 from Braga. So I wiped around Braga and Bom Jesus in 3 hours. Would have been nice to have more time. But it was not to be.

    All through this walk so far what I have noticed is the vegitable gardens people have in their homes. Some have flowers and veggies. But it is more that they seem to grow their vegetables rather than flowers if it came to a choice. And every little bit of garden space seems to be used by the industrious folk who are into that kind of life style. Very nicely done too.

    Back at the hotel by 8.00, the restaurant was closed, but the receptionist sent me to a local. Well you had to wait in a que to get in. And the food was par excellent. The prawns were fresh, you forget what true prawns should taste like in NZ. These were more like those you find in SL.
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Distrito de Braga, Braga

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