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    • Day14

      Fao to Esposende

      September 25, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      Leaving Fao, I crossed a bridge which led to Esposende. Some through town and some along the river. They have a great bike path along the water. The walking trail is unfortunately cobblestone. There was a lot of that today. Just before leaving town, I stopped at a café. In the washroom there was a fireplace! It is near the ocean, but is a fireplace necessary in the toilet?Read more

      Traveler

      Go back in January. The fireplace might be better appreciated.

      9/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      I would think so.

      9/25/22Reply
       
    • Day14

      Esposende to Castelo do Neiva

      September 25, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      I walked by lots of churches today 💒, but the most interesting was the Parish Church of St Tiago, which was established in the year 862. It has been updated of course, but is possibly the oldest church dedicated to Santiago in this part of Portugal.

      There was also a river crossing with a bridge that would not have passed any safety standards at home. But it was wider than expected and actually quite sturdy. I didn’t fall off 😎.

      There was a wide variation in terrain today. Cobblestones (too many), pavement, rocky paths, and a few forest trails (my favourite). And yes, even some eucalyptus trees.
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      Traveler

      Thanks for the memories. It was a brilliant day and hot when I crossed that bridge.

      9/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      We had a warm day, not hot, but some girls were in bikinis in the water.

      9/26/22Reply

      I love the arrow made of rocks in the water beside the bridge! [Nick]

      9/29/22Reply
      Traveler

      Good eye to notice that.

      9/30/22Reply
       
    • Day95

      ESPOSENDE

      February 26, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Auf meinem Weg nach Porto biege ich immer wieder links oder rechts ab und mache einen kurzen Stopp, ich besichtige entweder eine Kirche oder ich gehe am Strand spazieren zur Übernachtung habe ich mir den Gemeinde Stellplatz ausgesucht der sehr groß ist und nicht überfüllt. Mittags habe ich mir ein Wild gekocht mit Rotwein aber es war dann nicht unbedingt so dass ich sage wow das Fleisch hat deinen eigenen Beigeschmack.
      Und Ich habe mich entschlossen heute dunkles Brot selber zu backen
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      Traveler

      total schönes Foto 👍

      2/26/22Reply
       
    • Day5

      Dinner

      September 3, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

      Lovely meal tonight at recommended Tapas bar superb but huge portions . Doggie bags a must Most of the guests there tonight from Albergues in town apart from me all ladies of a certain age the craic was good Apart from 1 Bulgarian and 1 Australian lady the rest all soike German but good fun. I left early after a couple pintsI I was getting the taste for it thought maybe time to go 30+ K tomorrow. Last really long day I think 🤞Good Night AllRead more

      Traveler

      Lovely Jim 😋😋

      9/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      You’ll end up putting weight on despite all the walking

      9/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      Tuck in

      9/4/22Reply
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    • Day14

      Camino Portuguese Day 4

      September 25, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      I had such a good sleep in my private room! I slept in a bit. But got on the trail by 8:00-ish.

      Last night I walked to a local restaurant for a great meal. Simple but very good. I didn’t know about vino verde until I did the tour in Porto. It is not green, but white wine. Served chilled, and very tart and refreshing.Read more

      Traveler

      The perfect wine with grilled seafood and bachalau.

      9/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      I sat on that bench!

      9/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      Nice! Did you stay in Fao?

      9/25/22Reply
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    • Day5

      Friday night- Saturday

      October 7, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 63 °F

      I’ve adopted “Narrow Road” by Josh Baldwin as my theme song for this walk. Take a listen!
      Friday night- Made it to Esposende. It is a really nice resort town. The Main Street is all waterfront and park. Staying in a hotel that I at first thought was really nice. Now I think it is really nice- in an Overlook Hotel kind of way. It has lots of character as old hotels do- but there is definitely a creepy element here.
      I took kind of a circuitous route to get here. There are actually 2 different coastal Caminos. The one I thought I was on was the traditional one, but sometime today I noticed that I was no longer on that one. There was a pilgrim from Norway- Vidar. He and I had been taking turns passing each other and had stopped at the same place for lunch. Anyhoo- he saw me looking confused and told me I was on the Senda Litoral, but I should just stay on that cuz it’s the better one anyhow. Turns out Vidar had already done the Portuguese Camino both there and back. Did the traditional coastal and came back the Litoral- so he knows from whence he speaks. (He has also done the French route. Kind of an over achiever if you ask me). So I stayed on the Litoral but then started to wonder if that was gonna end up being longer so decided to cut over to catch the traditional. But that looked really far so I just consulted Google maps and went where they told me. And it ended up being a really pretty walk even though I was on it all by my lonesome.
      Met a couple of angels today, both named Maria. Neither spoke a word of English but we ended up being able to pantomime our way through. The first 2 pictures are of one of the Marias and Vidar.

      It’s Saturday and I’m about 1/2 way through the day’s walk. I started on the coast but the boardwalk had given way to sand, (no me gusta), plus it’s a hot day and no shade on the litoral. So I switched over to the coastal. So glad I switched. It’s been a beautiful walk, through some towns, some woods…. Right now I’m sitting under a tree in the courtyard of a beautiful church. Seems to be a popular pilgrim resting place. But the route has become quite hilly.
      Ya know- people are generally very kind. I stopped at a little cafe to have a cold sparkling water. The owner brought out a jar of biscuits, honey, jam and a little bowl of peanuts in the shell-(and I had just been thinking yesterday about how much I miss peanuts. It’s true what they say- the Camino does provide!). He filled up my water bottle and stamped my pilgrim passport without my even asking. I have met a couple of girls from Miami, a very nice woman (Silva) from the Czech Republic - she was traveling with a friend but the friend had gone ahead. Then another woman from the Czech Republic, Katerina, who was doing her 1st Camino and was on her own. Her son was an exchange student in Kansas last year.
      I am feeling that things I have been thinking about, reading, and listening to are beginning to synchronize.

      On the playlist today- Simon and Garfunkel. Best lyric- “I get all the news I need from the weather report”. (Only Livin’ Boy in New York).
      The church bells just rang and there appears to be some kind of mass. Time to get movin again!

      The pictures of people I meet I am including for me to remember. But there are some more scenic pictures too!

      So I was gonna end this when I left the church but then a mile down the path was this little canopy area and a guy, Albero, who had a whole little supply hut with fresh fruit, chips, beer, sparkling water- even a little espresso maker. He only asks for donations. So awesome!
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      Traveler

      Can I fly there and join you? OMG, I so want to be there! Love, love, love it!!!!

      10/8/22Reply
      Eileen Mitchell

      Do it!

      10/9/22Reply
      Traveler

      This is all so awesome mom! Love you so much!

      10/8/22Reply
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    • Day4

      Póvoa da Varzim - Marinhas (ca. 27 km)

      September 9, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      - Be still. -

      Es ist ok, nicht auf alle Fragen direkt eine Antwort geben zu können oder eine Antwort laut auszusprechen. Es ist okay, wenn du Entscheidungen, Meinungen oder Argumente für dich behältst - gerade dann, wenn es um sehr persönliche Dinge geht und du dich mit der Beantwortung verletzlich machst.

      Lektion 3: Es geht nicht darum, Fragen, Themen oder Entscheidungen mit sich selbst auszumachen. In Jesus kannst du einen Wegbegleiter finden, dem du alles vor die Füße werfen kannst, egal ob Gedanken oder Gefühle. Er sieht dich und statt dir Gedanken darüber zu machen, was andere darüber denken und mit den Infos tun werden, hilft er dir mit deinen persönlichen Themen zurecht zu kommen.

      - Listen to the sound of your inner voice even if others mean to know more about yourself than you do. -

      Zur Route:
      Póvoa da Varzim - Rio Alto - Fão - Esposende ~ Marinhas

      Entlang der rauen Küste Portugals starten wir bei grauem Himmel und Nebel über Sand, Holzwege und Dünen. Später verlief die Strecke durch Feld, waldähnliche Gebiete, durch Städte und Dörfer durch Straßen voller Palmen und alter sowie neuer Häuser bis zum Zielort Marinhas. Unterwegs war ich mit Lucie, die ich gestern kennenlernte. Eines der schönsten Erlebnisse heute war das spontane Testen der Akustik einer Kirche, in der wir sangen und die uns ein paar Minuten Erholung von unseren schmerzenden Füßen bot. Am Abend traf ich auf mir bisher unbekannte Menschen und auf bereits bekannte. Gemeinsam aßen wir zu Abend und genossen die portugiesische Abendsonne - die Pilgerfamilie wächst. Nicht zu kurz kommen durfte natürlich der Austausch über den noch vor uns liegenden Weg, weshalb wir uns die unterschiedlichsten Wegvarianten auf der Landkarte anschauten und unsere ungefähren Routen austüftelten. Auch die Kommunikation mit anderen Pilgern, mit denen man sich auf Grund unterschiedlicher Sprachen kaum versteht, ist oft sehr lustig - da kommt es auch mal vor, dass ich plötzlich das Parfum eines wildfremden Mannes auf den Arm gesprüht bekomme oder die größte Verwirrung darüber herrscht, aus welchem Land der andere kommt. So froh wie heute, nach ca. 27 km und nur einer größeren Pause in meinem Bett zu liegen, war ich selten. Ich merke auch, dass ich demnächst einige Tage brauche, an denen ich ganz alleine unterwegs sein werde.
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      Traveler

      Schöne Bilder, das Wetter ist freundlicher. Für Morgen wieder schöne Erfahrungen und alles Gute für deine Füße.

      9/9/22Reply
      Traveler

      Respekt- 27 km mit Gepäck und schmerzendem Fuß… da muss man doch gut schlafen und regenerieren damit auch morgen wieder genug Kraft vorhanden ist. Gute Nacht!

      9/9/22Reply
      Traveler

      Liebe Luisa, jetzt bin ich im Zug auf dem Weg nach Prag und lese sehr gerne Deine tiefen persönlichen Impulse und Pilgereindrücke! Herzlichen Dank dir dafür und diese Idee mit Tagebuch mit Bildern! Viel Kraft für Weitergehen und Gottes Sehen! Liebe Grüße Irina

      9/13/22Reply
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    • Day6

      Senda Litoral it is…

      September 29, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 63 °F

      They were no rooms on the central way tonight so I’m staying on the coast until at least tomorrow :) found a path by the coast but not many yellow arrows here. We’ll see how the day goes… Met a pilgrim named Charlton. He said, I’m the good looking one not the dead one 😄 it took me a minute to get itRead more

      Traveler

      I don’t get it!😜 What does he mean?

      9/29/22Reply
      Traveler

      Charlton Heston 😂

      9/29/22Reply
      Traveler

      😂

      9/29/22Reply
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    • Day23

      Day 20/9 Vila do Conde to Esposende

      May 23, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      With another big walk ahead of us, we hit the road at 7:00 this morning under overcast skies and 17 degrees with a forecast of rain from 8:00 to 11:00.

      The first few kilometers of the day ran through residential neighborhoods with little excitement except for a trio of ducks waddling down the sidewalk. But, before we knew it, we were strolling oceanside along the longest boardwalk I've ever seen.

      We had planned to stop for coffee at A Ver-O-Mar, but found nothing open this Monday morning. We pushed on to the next town, Aguçadoura, located at the 10.9 km mark, and still had no luck until Brenda found a "top-rated" pastry shop 8 minutes off the Caminho trail. And that's where things got interesting.

      Yesterday, during dinner, one of Brenda's dental crowns disintegrated. We called our travel insurance provider who confirmed this was not covered by our plan, but gave us the name of a dentist in Esposende. While at the cafe in Aguçadoura, I managed to reach the dentist and, with my one month's Duolingo Portuguese training, succeeded in communicating Brenda's need for an emergency appointment that afternoon. And then the receptionist responded and totally lost me. Brenda turned to the couple seated at the table next to us and asked if they spoke English and they kindly offered to assist us. As it turned out, the woman is from Agaçadoura, but has been living in Toronto with her husband for the last eighteen years! Unfortunately, the dental office had no appointments available, but we were once again treated to the unbelievable kindness of the Portuguese people. On top of that, the pastries were outstanding.

      That little detour and chat with fellow Canadians put us far behind Anita and Ernie, but we caught up with them in Apulia at the 17.6 km mark. While we were chasing them down, the skies opened and we had our first real exposure to rain since I arrived. We walked for about ninety minutes in the rain, which was quite heavy at times. I'm pleased to report that my quick-drying clothing worked extremely well and was not even damp when we started back on the trail for the final 7 kms to Esposende.

      As luck would have it, Brenda managed to book a 4:00 dentist appointment and had a temporary crown installed on her exposed tooth.

      Tomorrow is another long day: 26.4 kms to Viana do Castelo as we get closer and closer to the Spanish border.

      They say that The Caminho will always take care of you and, with all our good fortune today, the proof was in the pudding.
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    • Day66

      Parque Natural do Litoral Norte

      June 16, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Day trip within Esposende to the beautiful empty beach of Praia de Ofir in the natural park here….

      A lovely big sand bank where on the one side you can jump in and be tossed around by the Atlantic, and the other, where you can sit with the fishermen as they do their magic at the mouth of the Cavado river!

      A wooden boardwalk leads you back in through the dunes and sand flowers…and one can gawk at a few lucky souls who have houses here (future goals!)

      A sure spot to have some peace on the beach in summer as it seems the majority of people don’t stray out too far from main entry to the beaches in Portugal. A win for us wandering few…

      Of course, a beach day like this can then only end with fresh summer rolls!
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      Traveler

      That place would help the appetite all right ....... looks delicious

      6/27/21Reply

      Da wär ich jetzt soo gerne dabei gewesen! [Elsbeth]

      6/29/21Reply
       

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