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  • Day3

    Day 2. Bus trip and meet the group day!

    September 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    1. I saw my first Camino direction sign
    2. St James in the triangle shaped under the lamb
    3. Our restaurant for lunch
    4. Beautiful view
    5. Meeting room, dinner room at the Manor house we are staying in. Cass fervenza. We are now at our starting point and start our walk tomorrow morning! So excited!

  • Day39

    P.S. for Astorga

    September 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    I just have ro add a little about our perfect birthday dinner! Our deal is to have half board at the hotels in these small towns, which means we have dinner is quite a fancy restaurant, but we get the menu del dia, or the peregrino menu,which gives choices of entrée, main and dessert, bread, wine and water, but not the full a la cartel menu. It is usually pretty standard stuff - good hearty food, but not gourmet. Well tonight it was chef quality, and made it special...we started with a soup with chickpeas, cod and spinach, then Amr had an amazing fish dish and I had crepes filled with goat cheese and jamon and salad garnish...all out of the usual range, so delicious and special for a birthday dinner. No photos of it as neither of us had our phones..but may add other Astorga photos, as wifi good!Read more

  • Oct5

    Day In Oviedo

    October 5, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    Today I used to just rest up and go to the cathedral to collect my compestela. It felt great to complete the San Salvador to receive this. No line ups or anything. In the old days, it was considered a must ahead of the one in Santiago.

    “Whoever goes to Santiago and doesn't go to Salvador visits the servant but forgets the Lord.”

    Here is a link for some background.

    The relics here are amazing. Much more so than in Santiago many say. These include, THE ARC OF THE COVENANT, (yes that one), the head burial shroud of Jesus, and the vessel were water was turned to wine.
    All very fascinating.

    Have a look at the pics.
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  • Day10

    Hospital de Orbigo to Astorga.

    September 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Hello from Astorga. I left Hospital de Orbigo around 8 this morning and arrived in Astorga around 2pm. The going is getting more hilly and I hit the Cantabrian mountains tomorrow. I have covered 120 miles and have only 32 left to go until I reach Ponferrada which is my stopping point...but between Astorga and Ponferrada is one of the highest elevations on the Camino. I will hit it’s peak on Tuesday morning at 1500 meters or 4900 feet which makes it just shy of Mt Kahtadin. And then the steady decline into Ponferrada which I will walk into on Wednesday morning. Everything is going well, knees and feet are feeling fine and am handling the miles much easier than last trip. As I write this, I am at a cafe off the main square in Astorga. I am going to close this out and go find some dinner. As always, thank you for checking in!Read more

  • Day136


    July 15, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Today, we crossed a medieval bridge in the town of Hospital de Orbigo. Alan was ecstatic to hear the bridge was the site of a joust tournament in 1434 that lasted a month in which Suero de Quiñones and his best friends challenged any knight who tried to cross the bridge. The place looks like knights could run out at any time...pretty cool!

    We have changed landscapes now, and we actually got to climb up and down some hills that had trees 🌳 🌳on them...woohoo! We also went through a few more towns along our route today. In the 2nd town we went through, an older man was handing out fresh watermelon. He gave me some, but when Alan walked over, he shook his head and made some hand gestures that made it very clear he was only giving it out to women 😂😂

    We also walked by a spot on top of our last hill where a man named David had set up comfortable spots to rest. He had nectarines, bananas, watermelon, oranges all laid out for everyone going by. He also had orange juice, yoghurts, quinoa, bread, and about a zillion other things for people to take/use/eat/drink...only asked for a donation. He made sure he had items different cultures would appreciate - a girl from Australia was so excited to see the bread and the vegemite and the Koreans couldn’t believe he had rice and some sort of Asian sauce. He even had a bowl of hard boiled eggs! SO KIND!!!

    We ended our day of walking in Astorga. I was bummed the Chocolate Museum was closed by the time we got into town, but I toured the magnificent cathedral and admired the outside of the bishop’s palace (designed by Antoni Gaudi) while Alan spent some time resting...maybe the medieval jousting history excitement wore him out (or maybe it’s because we have been doing more than a 1/2 marathon every day. 🙂

    Tonight we visited with Paku who we might not see again. What a lovely man to have been around. We are hoping to run into him later down the road.

    Tomorrow, we head to Foncebadón...26 kilometers. I have my first blister now, so we will see how it feels after tomorrow 😳😬. We have walked 334 miles so far...only 166 to go!
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  • Day39

    Amr's birthday! - now at Astorga

    September 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Today we left at 8 am as usual at the moment...the sun rises tomorrow at 8.20 so our departure time may get later as we don’t like walking in the dark. It was chilly and we had jackets for the first hour or so...a very pleasant 18 km walk, we chose the slightly longer option which went across fields rather than a path beside the road. We are now definitely into the rolling hills leading to the mountains which we cross in the next couple of days...I think they are the Montes de León. But though we climb, I think it is fairly gradual, and we are already at quite a high altitude (800metres) and eventually rise to 1500 in 2 days. The whole Maseta is a plateau really.

    The hardest part of today’s walk was arriving...we had seen the city from the distance, and it felt like an ever increasing distance as we walked towards it...and when we finally really did get near we had to enter via a really steep path up through the city walls...but once here all was well, it is a really beautiful city. - walled and contained...with the usual sprawl outside. And of course it has a huge cathedral, and the famous Gaudi palace, which is now a museum and is directly outside our hotel room window. Lovely hotel, flags and perfect room. There is a chocolate factory here, but closed before we could visit - so we just bought some chocolate! There are many local pastries, and the chocolate is a big feature too. We think chocolate came from the Basque areas, which were famous for early making of chocolate, and we aren’t very far away from there.

    Anyway, after the washing ritual we went to the main plaza and had a yum celebratory birthday lunch of salad, chiperones a la plancha and beer!! To keep us going till dinner at 8 pm. This afternoon we did visit the cathedral again, but mainly relaxed. Many of our Camino family here and we have run into some as we wandered. Last night had great dinner with our Canadian friends, Brigitte and Janette (different from the Canadian sisters!) and Jessica who is from Boston and who we have known for quite a while now too. About half a dozen of us arrive in Santiago on the same day (October 15) and we plan to have a celebration together! All good! Off to dinner soon.
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  • Day17

    Netter Abend

    October 18, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Gestern verbrachten wir einen gemütlich Abend mit unseren Stellplatz Nachbarn Dagmar und Thomas in der Stadt. Zu jedem Bier gab es noch ein kleines Schinken Sandwich. Anscheinend ist das hier so üblich. War ein schöner Abend und da wir beide in Richtung Portugal fahren wäre es toll wenn wir uns nochmal sehen würden und das nochmal wiederholen könnten.Read more

  • Day15

    Torero oder Pilger

    October 16, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Wir stehen hinter einer Stierkampf Arena am Rande von Astorga. Anscheinend auch eine Station der Pilger auf dem Jakobsweg. Viele Wegweiser zu Unterkünften für Pilger und in den Souvenirläden merkt man es auch deutlich an den angebotenen Artikeln. Wir waren wieder einkaufen und ich habe beschlossen die spanischen Liköre zu testen. 😉Read more

  • Day46

    Camino 10 Astorga to Ponferrada

    July 12, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    It's a beautiful climb in the Leon mountains to one of the highest points on the Camino. The temperatures these days aren't quite as high as last week, so we are a bit more relaxed with our days.
    At the top of the hill is the Cruz de Fierro, or Iron Cross. On a knoll of stones deposited by the pilgrims, stands an oak trunk about 5 meters high, topped by a simple iron cross from which the monument takes its name. There is an important tradition, regarding the Iron Cross which includes a ritual that most of the pilgrims usually fulfill: It involves transporting a stone from the starting point of the Way to the Iron Cross, and once there, drop it in the knoll. The size of the stone should be proportional to the sins that the pilgrim wants to atone, and it represents the release of those sins through the sacrifice involved in carrying that stone.
    We perform our own ritual with stones we had picked up. Other pilgrims have left articles representing what they want to release in their lives. There was a half-full packet of cigarettes so we presume someone had ditched that habit symbolically at that point. Lou was tempted to nick them, but I feel that would have been bad karma!
    Lunch today is just amazing - we're in a wee village high up in the mountains, in a cafe run by an American that is worked off his feet and a bit tense - he later tells us a relationship fell through and that now he is running his cafe alone, and it's hard, and hard to get any time away - pilgrims come through all hours of every day. But he cooks for us big steaming plates of fresh vegetables, pasta and pesto.
    There is a 15km descent down to Molinaseca that is too treachorous by path, so we take the road and are there in minutes, delighted to come upon our first swimming hole!
    We are only 7km from the night's home at Ponferrada so we indulge in swimming - bliss, and lounging in the shade of a tree with big glasses of sangria and ice creams.
    Who knew 7km could be so long and arduous. By the time we tackle it, the sangria is taking effect, the sun is, well, scorchio, and the road is slightly uphill and completely free of all shade. Ponferrada is another town on a hill, with a traffic-free centre and a castle.
    Plus a fantastic Italian restaurant and a gelateria right on the plaza we are staying on.
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  • Day24


    June 13, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Die Nacht auf der Veranda war irgendwie echt angenehm. Frische Luft, kein Schnarcher und ab und zu eine frische Brise.

    Am Morgen gegen 8.00 Uhr bin ich nach einem Kaffee☕ alleine Richtung Astorga aufgebrochen. Heute war tatsächlich der erste Tag ohne Regen und Temperaturen über 20grd. ☀️🌡
    So konnte ich mein eigenes Tempo laufen und hab die 32km in 6 Stunden und 20 Minuten geschafft. Die Landschaft ändert sich gerade wieder, heute war es deutlich hügeliger, ein Vorgeschmack auf die Berge, die vor mir liegen. 🙈🙈 Es gab kleine Wälder, die ganz angenehm zu durchqueren waren 🌳🌲🌳, meist waren es Pinien, Pappeln und Eichen.

    Heute sind mir die Farben der Landschaft, Bäume, Blumen und des Himmels besonders intensiv vorgekommen.... lag es am ersten richtigen Sommertag?

    Nach ca. 25 km eröffnete sich dann ein unglaublich schöner Panoramablick über Astorga..... absolut beeindruckend.

    In Astorga angekommen, konnte ich leider keine Möglichkeit zum Zelten ⛺ finden.... so also wieder in die Herberge. Die liegt heute direkt neben der Kathedrale 🕍, die ich natürlich besucht habe..... nicht ganz so beeindruckend wie in Leon, aber sicher ein Besuch wert.

    Im Anschluss noch einen Bummel durch die Altstadt, sehr schön, und gemütlich zu Abend gegessen mit Martin aus Nürnberg und einen Spanier, sowie meinen Italienern, die ich wiedergetroffen hab. Die Stimmung war recht entspannt.... Gott sei Dank 🤗🤞
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Astorga, Asturica Augusta, 24700, Асторга

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