Vila Velha

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  • Day5

    Day 1 of Camino De Santiago!

    September 2, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    If I had one word to describe today it would be "wow". Although I barely slept in the hostel last night (shared rooms really suck), it was an awesome day. I met a polish girl at the hostel in the morning, and we ended up walking together the entire day. At first I wasn't too keen on walking with someone, but after a while I was so happy we had found each other as the day just flew by! We talked about our countries, purpose for doing the camino and travels. We had a wonderful lunch by the sea. After 25km she was quite tired so decided to stop for the night in Vila Do Conde where most pilgrims were stopping. I said I would too if they had two single rooms. She did not like the shared rooms either and wanted to sleep alone tonight. They only had one room available so I told her she could have it and I would keep going as I had the energy to do so and something was telling me to do it. We exchanged numbers, hugged and wished each other a buen camino. We hope to cross each other again.

    Little did I know continuing the walk would make me fall on this amazing town! This town has the feel of a Portuguese Quebec City it's quite strange. The owner of my hostel is from France so was so happy she could speak French to someone! She upgraded me to a big room because I was doing the camino (but I honestly think it's because I was French like her lol). She introduced me to all the guests and offered suggestions on where to eat. I toured the town and noticed a Ferris wheel next to the casino and not too far from the bull fighting arena (I know - this town has everything possible!!) So I decided to hop on. What a view! I ended the night with an amazing dinner and amazing conversations with the restaurant staff as they knew Marlene (my French hostel owner) and were very friendly!

    Back at the hostel in my private room and I think I will sleep very well tonight... 😍

    Ps. I think I should pace myself on walking for the days to come - I don't want to be done this camino in only a week! 😐 lol
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  • Day14

    P3D2 along the coast II 12km/339km

    August 11, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We could skip 4km by taking the metro from Vila do Conde to Póvoa de Varzim, where we had light lunch (soup, salad, beer). Than on the way coffee and red wine and in the last supermarket before the camping we bought some wine and olives and cheese for the evening. We arrived at the camping at 1700 after 28km and got our nice but expensive caravan (97e).Read more

  • Sep7

    Etappe 2: Lavras - Povoa de Varzim

    September 7, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Von Lavras nach Povoa de Varzim führte uns der Jakobsweg heute weitere 20 km über einen schmalen Holzweg an der Atlantikküste entlang. Dieser war geprägt von felsigen Klippen und schönen breiten Sandstränden. Das ideale Wetter mit ca. 25 Grad haben wir ausgiebig genutzt und eine sehr lange Pause am Strand von Azurara eingelegt.
    Angekommen im Ort Povoa de Varzim entschieden wir uns heute für eine Pilgerherberge und konnten den Abend mit einem leckern selbstgekochtem Essen und einem Besuch im Waschsalon um die Ecke ausklingen lassen.
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  • Day53

    Camino bike ride - Day 1 Povoa De Varzim

    August 8, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Our breakfast of Prosecco and freshly made omelettes was a perfect way to start the Camino bike ride. The total ride is 240km, a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostelo. We headed to the main Cathedral in Porto for our first stamp, then we enjoyed coffee and a Nata.
    We caught the train out to Matosinhos to avoid the traffic and commenced our ride. The wind was very strong 35-40km/h, which made it quite challenging combined with my bad head cold. We ate lunch at a cafe with big glass panels on the beach. We continued riding along the foreshore and found a beach that was quite sheltered. The water was icy cold so Dane had a swim before we continued on. We stopped for a drink to have a break from the wind before arriving at Povoa de Varzim. Today's ride was about 28km. It felt tough with the wind and my head cold. For dinner we had vegetable soup and I had a Portuguese tile with fish. Very delicious!!
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